so... i was at Black Women Vote! yesterday. i spend a lot of time there. i think i am totally addicted to this blog. i might have a problem:-) i'm gonna rant and rave for moment and i really don't care about the mush gush factor!
Shecodes, hands down, has attracted some of the most brilliant minds that i have encountered in awhile. i learn so much there. these women indulge my very opinionated, outspoken personality. these women challenge me to see things differently. Shecodes, sharpens my intellect. i meet dissenting voices that broaden my perspective and grow me in patience. i am proud to be a black woman and encouraged to move forward powerfully.
one of the women at Shecodes' house, asked a question that got me to thinking. to paraphrase, the question was something to the effect of:
"do we need to teach black women to get angry?"
i paraphrase because if i go back to the site, i will start re-reading the series that Shecodes wrote and i will get stuck for hours:-) its an addiction i tell you!
we were discussing the deadly propensity of black women to make excuses and support black men (and other predators) even when they consistently demonstrate they are not worthy of our support.
i found one of the articles i read that was so insightful on the subject. i will share parts of it here. i think the following quote sheds a lot of light on the subject.
"Looking at the intersection of race, gender, capitalism and pedagogy, the disciplinary efforts and hidden curriculum are working toward a desired young Black woman — one who does not ask too many questions, accepts the power arrangements in schools and becomes a proper young lady — pink bows and all. Schools since their inception have been focused on the poetics of assimilation and thus are sites of production not only for the ready-made American citizen who does not challenge his government or is a depoliticized consumers, but the “acceptable” Black woman who is docile, domesticated and unchallenging."
the reality of this has been kicking around in my head for awhile.
read the rest of the article at http://blackademics.org/2007/08/23/making-black-girls-ladylike/. i would be interested to know what you think.
p.s. i love this picture. that little girl is SO cute! her kitty looks like my cat truth used to look when she was a kitten.
SELF LOVE~SELF ACCEPTANCE~SELF RESPECT