There is no doubt that Black women consistently step up for The Culture and the country.
Think back on the work Black women have done for civil rights including the who-gone-check-me-boo badassery of Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth, Rosa Parks all the way up to Congresswoman “Auntie” Maxine Waters. Each of these women paved the way for Patrisse Cullors, Alicia Garza, and Opal Tometi, the trio who created and defined the #BlackLivesMatter movement, fighting for equity in the judicial system and against police brutality.
And, as nobody better ever DARE to forget, especially as we advance toward November’s mid-terms elections, it was Black women who went to the polls during a hotly contested election in a blood-red state. We delivered the Alabama Senate seat win to Democrat Doug Jones against Republican Roy Moore, a neo-Confederate POS, full-grown ass man who has been accused of deliberately targeting teen girls for relationships. Admittedly, the jury is still out on the job Jones is doing thus far, but check it: he is the first Democratic senator to be elected in Alabama in 25 years.
One would think by now that Black women would have earned some sort of reciprocity, some form of thank you for always having to charge directly into the fires blazed by both bigots and sexists alike.
At the very least, one would think that Black women would be paid equally to our (also) underpaid White female counterparts. Yet, here we sit in the Year of Our Lord 2018, having to designate our own Black Women Equal Pay Day because while White women only make 80 cents for every dollar a white male worker makes, we are only pulling in 63 cents on that dollar.
63. Cents. For. Every. Dollar.
These disparities hit Black women and their families harder than anyone else, according to recently released statistics from the National Partnership for Women and Families organization that quantifies the missing money (as compared to the wallets of White males) as the equivalent of losing two and a half years of child care, three years worth of food for an average family, and over 14 additional months of mortgage and utility bills.
While it’s all well and good that we celebrated #EqualPayDay for all women in April, we have got to concentrate on Black women specifically on Aug. 7. And boldly speaking on behalf of my sisters, I am seeking your support—not excuses. [Read More…]
Source: The Grio