If abortion is like slavery—indeed, if abortion is the most divisive issue since slavery—then what of the women who suffered under slavery? What of the women who performed self-abortions in order to resist slavery? They cease to exist.
The New School is hosting its scholar-in-residence, bell hooks, and MSNBC’s Melissa Harris Perry in conversation. [via Colorlines]
Even with the Affordable Care Act in place, Black women will still be plagued by the chronic stress that comes with simply being Black in the United States.
Over 20,000 people joined me in demanding that the Deborah Brown Community School apologize to Tiana Parker, who was sent home for having dreadlocks, and change its racist policy. And our voices were heard.
The right woman could help the NAACP ensure that reproductive rights, as well as voting rights and civil rights, are couched as human rights.
In this story from Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity, a film from World Trust, author and educator Joy DeGruy shares how her sister-in-law uses her white privilege to stand up to systemic racial inequity. For more information on this film, go to www.crackingthecodes.org. [via Upworthy]
Along with the enactment of welfare reform 17 years ago this August came tougher practices in debt enforcement—which, in many cases, lands the poor behind bars, leads to suspensions in drivers’ licenses, and other practices that make finding work much harder.
In an era when people across the country are asking, “Where are the Black women leaders?” activists like Fannie Lou Hamer serve as a reminder of how many rural Black women have always been strong leaders.
A recent court decision against stop and frisk speaks specifically to racial profiling, but we know that other kinds of profiling—based on gender, sexual orientation, economic status, and other characteristics—are often used by police.