I don't believe that misogyny and women's rights weren't an issue in the black community...it just DIDN'T have a VOICE back then.  Cuz black folks collectively were concerned about their LIVES.  And so it may seem that black women weren't involved in women's right when many of them were during the initial woman's rights movement with Susan B. Anthony.  But just like everything else BLACK, those concerns regarding black women were swept under the rug especially when WHITE women got their right to vote.  

 

I really am insulted by this dismissive opinion Dr. Cress-Welsing holds...since she too is a woman.  She knows full well that black women were under the hammer of domestic violence LONG before it was given a name.  First, black women had to deal with their own husbands/boyfriends/significant other beating the crap outta them with no police protection and then also had to worry about being lynched and murdered along side their male counterparts.  Plus they had to WORRY about being RAPED.  So I really don't understand how Dr. Cress-Welsing can be sooooooo dismissive about this when she is in fact on point on a lot of other issues pertaining to black folks as a group. I think DEATH of black women is a serious issue to be concerned with. You?

 

Additionally, regarding the gender oppression, black women did have a edge up in the fact that they were domestic help and did a lot in the household for massa.  They cleaned, cooked, washed clothes and raises massa's children while Ms. Ann did nothing but pout.  And black women were readily able to obtain work than black men-I get that.  But gender oppression in my view was absolutely EQUAL.  Yes black men were a threat to massa but massa was a threat to the black woman and young girls.  Yes massa hunted black men for the purpose of castration and hanging for bbqs,.,,,but black women were preyed upon too.  And while the black man laid helpless while watching his wife and daughters get raped by the monster massa, black women had to watch massa sell off their children, rape their children, maime their children and ultimately KILL their mates right in front of them-without ANY recourse.

 

So to minimize what black women went through to maximize what black men went through is WRONG[and you have to REMEMBER when massa got slaves..the slaves had already been brainwashed culturally by the Arabs].  And to take it a little further, I think cuz black men could not protect their women/female children and relatives from the wrath of massa's sickness this inability caused distrust in their relationship as partners.  Black women most times had to be the MAN and woman in the household and that too caused a lot of animosity-even til this day.  I remember the 60s and 70s when a lot of black men wanted to be PIMPS and macdaddies and drug dealers in their OWN neighborhoods.  Destroying literately destroying what blacks before them had worked hard to laid down.   I remember how many city black men treated their women and put them on the streets.  Playing massa reversed.  All the while black children were watching them and becoming more and more desensitized to each other. So...although I agree with most of what Cress-Welsing says in her book....I'm totally disagreeing with a lot of her assessment here.  But!.    

 

 

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