"I was going to die, sooner or later, whether or not I had even spoken myself. My silences had not protected me. Your silences will not protect you...What are the words you do not yet have? What are the tyrannies you swallow day by day and attempt to make your own, until you will sicken and die of them, still in silence? We have been socialized to respect fear more than our own need for language."
"I began to ask each time: 'What's the worse that could happen to me if I tell this truth?' Unlike women in other countries, our breaking silence is unlikely to have us jailed, "disappeared" or run off the road at night. Our speaking out will irritate some people, get us called bitchy or hypersensitive and disrupt some dinner parties. And then our speaking out will permit other women to speak, until laws are changed and lives are saved and the world is altered forever."
"Next time, ask: What's the worse that will happen? Then push yourself a little further than you dare. Once you start to speak, people will yell at you. They will interrupt you, put you down and suggest it's personal. And the world won't end."
"And the speaking will get easier and easier. And you will find that you have fallen in love with your own vision, which you may never have realized you had. And you will lose some friends and lovers, and realize you don't miss them. And new ones will find and cherish you. And you will still flirt and paint your nails, dress up and party, because, as I think Emma Goldman said, 'If I can't dance, I don't want to be part of your revolution.' And at last you'll know with surpassing certainty that only one thing is more frightening than speaking your truth. And that is not speaking."
As we've mentioned, the Hillary v Bernie debate is heated over here at Womanist Expressions. But one thing we can agree on is that second wave white feminists with zero sense of intersectionality trying to shame young feminists into voting for Hillary is some wack ish. When this article by Kate Cronin-Furman & Mira Rapp-Hooper came out on vox.com implying that young women are disinterested in issues of gender inequality and don't care about women in leadership positions. Darkmatter, a non-binary, trans, South Asian artist collaboration between Alok Vaid-Menon and Janani Balasubramanian known for their activism and politically-charged writing and poetry, responded swiftly and critically to the article when they wrote:
where to even begin with this silly argument and all of the white/cis feminist think pieces that do backflips to justify Hillary's corporate & carceral "feminism" and why young people just aren't here for it!
Yaaaas. Truth to power. Let 'em know.
Hilary or Bernie? That has been the question at the forefront of most liberal leaning minds. We are certainly divided on the topic @Womanist Expressions, but Bernie has won over the hearts and minds of many young millennial voters and this is something to be applauded; he has galvanized a lot of liberal youth into political action. Yet he has failed to win the hearts and minds of African American voters to a significant degree; he has come out as being against reparations and Black Lives Matter decided that they would not endorse him (or any candidate) (1, 2). As a result, there have been many questions in the liberal press as to why this might be. We are going to argue that Bernie's socialist ideologies may be at fault and this is because socialism has never worked particularly well for African Americans in this country.
The city of Milwaukee had socialist mayors for the greater part of the early twentieth century; Daniel Hoan from 1916-1940 and Frank Zeidler from 1948-1960. This time period saw a great influx of African Americans into the city (The Great Migration) and the development of Milwaukee as ground zero for racialized residential segregation. At the beginning of African American's arrival in the city, they were denied access to the best manufacturing jobs and were crowded into a section of the city that eventually became known as Milwaukee's "inner core" (3). Was racialized residential segregation etc. a direct byproduct of the city's socialist government? That can certainly be argued. Yet it most definitely had a great impact on African American lives in a city that is now ground zero for racialized residential segregation and black male incarceration.
Many African Americans may not see Bernie as the candidate for them because of his socialism/socialist ideologies. Take Bernie's minimum wage proposal into consideration--it is a socialist and egalitarian dream, but it could cause a whole host of problems for African American workers. Bernie's minimum wage proposal sounds great on paper, but as as a friend and the New York Post pointed out: "Minimum wage laws reduce the cost of discrimination, as they force workers to compete along non-wage employers. This allows racist employers to select white employees over all others without the threat of being driven out of business for competitors. The unemployment rate of young, black people spikes with the implementation of each national minimum wage law (4)."
Does this mean that every black person should run out and vote for Hilary Clinton to win the democratic nomination? We will leave that decision to you, but Hilary Clinton had a large stake in the astronomical incarceration rates of African American males that we see today. Her husband, Bill Clinton, also waged a war against welfare dependents that demonized black women and was largely detrimental in the long run.
Beyonce's "Formation" video is PEAK BLACKNESS and there is really no other succinct way in which to say that. Get into it:
Before we count the levels of blackness in this fabulousness, we must make an offering at the altar of Queen Bey. We offer our BeyHive membership fees and our collective wigs:
Messy Mya (RIP) opens the video and asks: "What happened at the "N'awlins?" The reference to the devastating aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Messy Mya's unsolved murder in conjunction establishing shots of N'awlins is already gut wrenching enough, but the slayage continues throughout the entire video.
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