I often hear the question from African-American women, “What do they [the right] want? We either have too many kids or too many abortions. Which is it?” The truth is, to them, it’s both.
From Feministing: “Rinku Sen, publisher of Colorlines.com, president and executive director of the Applied Research Center, and overall feminist badass and warrior for racial justice, opened the Facing Race 2012 Conference in Baltimore this past weekend with a stirring call for activism. I dare you to watch this and not get goosebumps.”
Though choice is a significant part of gaining gender equality, I remain struck by how our First Lady, a black woman with black daughters, has yet to talk about reproductive health as broader than “choice.”
In the months since the FDA’s approval of Truvada, some who work on prevention efforts in Black and low-income communities have urged PrEP proponents to pump their brakes.
Much of the discussion this election cycle has been about changing demographics. But demographics alone aren’t going to run a policy agenda through the system. Huge challenges remain in economic justice, immigration, environment, education and housing reform.
How do the intersections between adoption, poverty, race, and class play out today?
Directed by Emmai Alaquiva, “Don’t Forget About The Hood” illustrates how the issues of the poor and urban communities have been all but forgotten in this current election season, and wonders what happened to all of the energy and organizing that took place in the wake of the tragic murder of Trayvon Martin.
The 10th anniversary of National Latino AIDS Awareness Day reminds us how far we still have to go to address race-based health disparities. But we must keep our efforts trained on the real causes of these statistics: social and economic conditions.
It is my hope that at least, every Black woman who sees these “Mammy” earrings is going to say they are racist without a second thought or question in their mind. Let’s stop being surprised by the ignorance of this country and challenge ourselves to be proactive about our images. The exploitation will continue if we don’t provide an alternative.
Pink ribbons do not help bring awareness to the socioeconomic inequities connected to breast cancer; they commodify the disease and make it “sexy” under the guise of raising awareness.