Black and Brown Women Save The World

Chris Lebron
Feb 19, 2019 - 5:00

Recent developments across the nation evoke the work of 19th century Black feminist Anna Julia Cooper. In 1892, Cooper boldly and proudly declared in Voice From The South that “only the BLACK WOMAN can say ‘when and where I enter, in the quiet, undisputed dignity of my womanhood, without violence and without suing or special patronage, then and there the whole Negro race enters with me.’” Cooper claims for the Black woman a special place in the history of Black struggle for equality and recognition. She would be paying close attention to our current moment because it appears our women are here to save us. The last decade in America has been notable for a reason...

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3 Replies to “Black and Brown Women Save The World”

  1. We cannot just sit idly by. We need to join these American’s in their movement. I don’t know the struggle of being a black woman but I know the struggle against women in general. I am Hispanic and I’ve been reduced to being “just a receptionist” or “just emotional”. We are not taken seriously. I’ve been a Paralegal for 15 years and I’ve learned that in order to get our point across, I’ve had to take a much more agressive approach to get results. Much more aggressive than any man I’ve worked with. I’m met with resistance at every turn. I’m so proud to be a part of this movement. A part of a culture that wants to be recognized and seen and not belittled or disregarded. Thank you.

  2. I appreciate this article as a high level view of the influence of Black and Brown women in national politics. It would be great to get more in-depth profiles on all these women. I am incredibly inspired by Stacey Abrams and her leadership in Georgia to build a movement long before she ever ran for governor and to continue to fight to expose the lengths to which Kemp has gone to undermine the votes of minorities. I am equally electrified by Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib and Ayana Pressley. Their courage is inspiring and it makes me smile to see the dire reactions of the white males used to the old boys club.
    I believe Patrisse Kahn-Cullors also identifies as a queer activist and Tanara Burke started the #metoo in 2006.
    I would love to learn more about the other freshman women of color in the House of Representatives as they are not getting as much press. What are their stories? I’d also like to read The North Star’s opinion on Kamala Harris’ run for President which is incredibly historic. I look forward to more articles that focus on the important role Black and Brown women are playing in today’s movements and government!

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