…Time and time again, I ask myself, in the words of Abbey Lincoln, “Who will revere the Black woman?” History and life experiences have consistently taught me that Black women must speak and act in defense of ourselves. Black women must continue to create our own sacred space to deal with racism, all forms of violence in and outside of the home, sexism, classism, homophobia and ableism. We need this sacred space to address these issues from our extremely diverse perspectives without having to worry about what the responses will be from Black men and/or white women. Far too often, in the name of both racial and gender unity, members from these communities ask us to choose between our identities for their own interests. We must continue to refuse to choose between our race, our gender, and, if we are lesbian or bisexual, our sexual orientation, with the understanding that any group or community that claims to have our best interests at heart would never ask us to choose… ~ Aishah Shahidah Simmons
Excerpt from Simmons’ Creating A Sacred Space Of Our Own in Just Sex: Students Rewrite the Rules on Sex, Violence, Equality, and Activsm (Jodi Gold & Susan Villari, eds., 1999)
It is important to emphasize that these blood-based idioms—and the women who embodied them—did not just reflect the core trans- formations of plantation societies, but took an active role in shaping them, an activism and agency that had “witchcraft” overtones for Africans and Europeans alike: whether in overt accusations of sorcery, theft, and infanticide; more muted conceptions of motherhood and promiscuity; or more general discourses of race and sexuality framing encounters from “above.” Against the racial ideologies and gender discourses of the master class, the blood of mothers provided a critical counterpoint, a space of body politics and black female agency…
Apter, Andrew. “THE BLOOD OF MOTHERS: WOMEN, MONEY, AND MARKETS IN YORUBA-ATLANTIC PERSPECTIVE.” The Journal of African American History 98, no. 1 (January 1, 2013): 72–98. doi:10.5323/jafriamerhist.98.1.0072. (via jmjafrx)
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ya hes cute…….but is he conscientious of the social inequalities and corruption in hierarchies of power that plague this world