This is my first post on a new blog. And, as my first post, I want to let you all know where I stand on the “black community”. The truth is I would advise you to walk away. Here is why: Quite simply, I cannot think of anything that has directly affected black women, that wasn’t a trickle down reaction because of the black males rights movement. Honestly, I can not see what black women have gained from aligning themselves with black men. No, I don’t wan to bash black men. In fact for whatever rights they have gotten for themselves, I applaud them. But I have to say that’s as far as it goes. because I know that as a black women I only have those rights because black men wanted them for themselves. And even at times when they got rights they didn’t and don’t necessarily affect any of us black women. Case in point, people love to talk about the ending of slavery and how great it was for black people. But when I think about this I have to ask really? Because as I remember when black “people” were free and gained the right to vote black women still could not. Because they were women. For all the fighting during slavery, all the essays by black women like Harriet Ann Jacobs. Black women still had no rights because as women they couldn’t vote. Which in its own way is a slavery upon itself, if you are still controlled by black men.
So I would suggest when thinking about whether you want to continue to “fight the good fight” against “the man” and be a “sistah” in the army against racism you remember who you are fighting with and what you are fighting for. Ask yourself if the white man is your biggest enemy at this time? Or is it black men? Or white Women (I write about this in the next post) ? Because from where I’m standing in this moment, the black community doesn’t value the rights of black women at all. They put more stock in the lives of actual criminals. It’s practically treason to “snitch” to the police. So black women have to suffer while criminals run rampant in the community. While the men who claim to love their “sistahs” slowly destroy them. I would suggest before jumping on the bandwagon, you ask yourself what black men have done for your individual, black women’s rights? Can’t answer? I didn’t think so. You don’t have to agree with me. I’m only one woman with one perspective. Bu from where I’m standing black women haven’t gained anything with the help of black men or the community. It’s time for us to pursue other options. Time to be one less soldier.