Treat Black Girls and Women with Dignity and Respect

Trimiko Melancon
Feb 10, 2019 - 8:14

A decade ago, I lived abroad as a J. William Fulbright scholar in Berlin. It was an opportunity to experience how race operates outside the United States and in a major European city. I was intrigued since intellectuals like W.E.B. Du Bois had lived in Germany, a place that embraced him in ways America, his own country, had not. As a Black American woman living in Berlin, and as a visiting scholar and professor teaching at a prominent university, I experienced a surprising level of freedom and relative luxury. At airports and customs, I navigated with conspicuous ease, going through the lines for European Union people, with my German visa in my American passport. There were Black...

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2 Replies to “Treat Black Girls and Women with Dignity and Respect”

  1. As a white mother of a black girl, I am so moved and saddened by this article, but mostly just so grateful for this writing. Thank you. I will try and keep trying to support black women, including my daughter and anything else I can. One way I’m doing this is to be a founding member of the North Star!

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