Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Celebrate Black Women By Learning (And Teaching) More About Their History

Black Women is trending on Twitter this morning as those are the voters in Alabama who defeated the pedophile Senate candidate supported by the demagogue with bad hair.

Doug Jones will be the newest U.S. senator instead, another white man, but one with a legacy of civil rights significance for prosecuting the white supremacists who murdered four black girls in Alabama by the infamous bombing of the 16th St. Baptist Church in Birmingham.

I imagine that made a compelling case for voting for Jones and not just against the pedophile.

Many of my retweets of this news were along these lines:

One way you can join me in doing some of these things is to purchase and share the terrific new history resource from Urban Intellectuals, Volume 2 of their Black History Flashcards, devoted entirely to women.

This history major was humbled but not surprised by how many important black women I did not know of before reading through the deck. Because the history of black women has been suppressed for my entire lifetime!

By Source, Fair use,

Addie Mae Collins, Carol Denise McNair, Carole Robertsone and Cynthia Wesley never grew up to vote. They did become part of the shameful history of racism in this country though. 

Educating ourselves about black women is part of the work we white people must be doing at this moment in time.

We can also educate ourselves about the dire legacy of systemic racism and economic exploitation of black women and their families. This stretches from Alabama to Maine.

The Boston Globe is running an investigative series "Boston. Racism. Image. Reality." exploring the legacy of racism, which includes data on the average net worth of black people in that wealthy northern city: $8. Yup, that's eight dollars and no cents. 

Blocked from access to quality education and home ownership has taken its toll on generations of black folks. WTF? America, we can do better.

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