Loud Mouth Reading List: Week of March 2nd
"...it saddens me to say that this moment serves to remind black youths that the world cares less about them than it does other children. The rush of support for the Parkland youths from mainstream-media spots, to sizable financial contributions from celebrities, to high-powered activists helping to organize their march and amplify their work, is exactly what young people deserve—and it’s why the drastic difference in how Black Lives Matter was received is all the more apparent."
"After 15 years of organizing, Black communities were able to intervene in the legal system and shift the cultural norm around who was seen as a sexual assault victim in the eyes of the law. With each of these organizing efforts, more Black people were energized around activism and challenged the different ways people face state violence (including legal impunity for white perpetrators). They created more organizations to carry on the work and build leadership. With Betty Jean Owens’ case and those who came before, Black women and communities had built the power and capacity to implement sit-ins and deliver formidable policy ultimatums, both of which would set the groundwork for a broader movement and the Civil Rights Act itself.”
“Later that night, I watched Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart with a marrow-deep sense of hope. My deadlines, already late, were still looming on the horizon, and my self-doubt, although muted by the thrill of the day, seethed beneath the surface of my bliss. The world was still white and racist and the threat of the blank page still filled me with apprehension, but as minutes slipped away and the documentary progressed, I found an unwavering peace. There in the dark of the Langston Hughes Auditorium, Hansberry helped me remember that no matter what, “I am a writer. I am going to write” — and that yes, that’s radical. Centering my day around her legacy and the impassioned urgency of the words she left behind, forced me to embrace my own future with eagerness. Despite my fears, my heart was open and filled with joy.”
Joy Reid and Brittney Cooper
"[Eloquent Rage] is a way to think about black women's anger as a legitimate political emotion that can create worlds, that can give us clarity, that can help us tell the truth. I call it eloquent because there is a way when you are in the presence of an angry black woman that you are really clear about what the problem is. Very often many of us have been asked to try to be respectable so that we don't reinforce the “angry black woman stereotype” and I want to say in this book: 'Let's say that we're mad as hell. Let's own the truth of that and then let's see it as a thing that actually strengthens us and if we embrace it can become a superpower.'"
“In the time of #MeToo I have been longing (selfishly enough) to see women that look like me coming forward. It is not that I wish us to be victims, it is more that I want the world to know there isn’t one type of woman as victim. I’m calling us to the front because I know we are out there. Women that present like me trapped in yet another closet. I want google to equate strong black woman and bad bitch with images of us, too. The Masculine of Center (MoC) women, the butch, the Colored Dyke, the survivor who struggles with forgiveness. I am forever indebted to writers and artists that showcase these characters and narratives. It is my hope that our visibility grows and the support supersedes any level of hatred and backlash.”