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Peggy McIntosh outlines in her article on white privilege the many assumptions people of privilege have about social constructs. She also talks about how that privilege is taken for granted, and cannot be seen unless you don't have it. The need for this awareness is very evident in the Combahee River Collective statement. Black feminists belong to two different struggles, both the feminist movement and the civil rights movement, however, even in these groups, they have little agency and are further void of privilege. They wrote the Combahee River Collective Statement to point out what Peggy McIntosh points out in her article, that although both civil rights activists and feminists were lacking privileges, they were also privileged themselves if they were white feminists or black males, leaving the black feminists with little ability to effectively organize. In their statement, they called out these assumptions and privileges by saying, "Feminism is, nevertheless, very threatening to the majority of.people because it calls into question some of the most basic assumptions about our existence, i.e., that sex should be a determinant of power relationships." They, like Peggy McIntosh call their readers to question their own positions, to get uncomfortable and ask themselves why this makes them feel that way.