I currently exist in a painful struggle. Racial trauma and fatigue have been here, but combined with a pandemic, this is something else. Things are similar, yet different — familiar yet strange. A disorienting combination of panic, confusion and pain.
I’ve been holding the intention of honestly connecting to myself. Listening to my body and noticing the tensions that regularly build up. Acknowledging the extent to which I’m constantly holding my breath. I’m listening to my emotions and moving away from pain. I’m holding the intention to observe without judgement, and hold with compassion.
The murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police was the catalyst that set off a storm of global protests against police brutality and systemic racism toward the Black community in general. Within those protests exist individual stories of pain, abuse, and terror. One such story is the heartbreaking attack on Iyanna Dior.
Iyanna Dior is a 21-year-old transgender Black woman. On June 1, in the midst of the Minneapolis protests, Iyanna and a man were involved in a minor car accident outside a convenience store. The owner of one of the vehicles engaged Iyanna in an argument and, when she…
Concerning nonviolence, it is criminal to teach a man not to defend himself when he is the constant victim of brutal attacks. — Malcolm X
From Los Angeles to New York City, the killing of George Floyd last week by police officers in Minneapolis has ignited protests across the nation. Yet, until yesterday, only one former police officer had been charged with second-degree murder and manslaughter despite this public outrage. The other three officers involved in Floyd’s death are now charged with aiding and abetting murder.
“Non-Black activists are not listening to Black voices and it is killing us.” — Jamila Mitchell, Black Youth Project
Long before Parkland students decided they’d “had enough” and descended on Washington, D.C. to “March For Our Lives,” young people of color flooded the streets, protesting an even more pervasive school violence problem — Jim Crow. The headlines back then, however, bore a marked difference to today’s media coverage:
I was thinking recently how sometimes, our children may be the only ones in the world who truly, see, feel, understand and respond to our humanity. And while children always have a unique perspective on their primary caretakers, I can imagine that especially as black women, our children may be the only ones.
“Ok, mom, don’t get tired”
My baby said those words to me as I was leaving the house one day. My child barely comes up to my waist and is only beginning to put full sentences and conversations together, but on that day, when I said “Mommy…
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About a year ago, we wrote an article about resisting Trump’s war on Latinx immigrants,* and in January, we wrote a piece on the importance of people of color immigrant solidarity. Since then, this administration’s targeting of immigrants and immigration has only intensified further. The most recent news is nothing short of horrifying: an indigenous Guatemalan woman (Claudia Gomez) executed at the border, 1,500 unaccompanied minors “lost” in federal custody, new explicit policies* separating children from their parents*…
Hello Threads of Solidarity fam,
It’s June 2018 and that marks the anniversary of many big things. Threads of Solidarity is a little over a year old and we have seen tremendous growth. We completed and published 21 action calls, 17 original articles by Women of Color which have been posted on Huffington Post, Everyday Feminism, The Body is Not an Apology among other places. To date, we have 1,300 followers on Medium, almost 800 followers on Facebook, and we are continuing to grow our Twitter presence.
We started off with a strong push back on whiteness and the Trump…
This is the final action call in a series for Black History Month. You can financially support our work at: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/solidaritywoc.
White people believe slavery ended over 150 years ago. Black people know better. Slavery has merely evolved into more insidious (albeit socially acceptable) oppression. What definitely hasn’t changed? Black women today still aren’t being paid for much of their work.
We’re not only paid less in every type of employment, but a Black woman with an advanced degree earns less than a white man with a bachelor’s degree — despite working more hours. Black women working as artists, consultants…
“(We see) how much more effective a society can be if we allow women to explore their full potential.” — Lupita Nyong’o
If a rifle-wielding Black man in a beret is your go-to image of a Black Panther, you’re a victim of white revisionist history. Such patriarchal imagery not only pushes a white supremacist agenda, but also symbolizes the historical erasure of Black women’s political activism. In reality, Black women have been at the forefront of social revolution since before the Civil War.
Women made up almost two-thirds of the Black Panther Party (BPP) by the late 1960s. Predictably, the…
“It’s one thing to acknowledge the centrality of African-American women as the wheels of our political moment, it’s another to put them in the driver’s seat.” — Kimberlé Crenshaw
After 98% of Black women voters in Alabama’s senate election last year “saved us” from a rabid white supremacist pedophile, news and social media feeds responded with a resounding “THANK YOU.”
But it’s not the job of Black women to “save” white people. And those “Thank You, Black Women” memes are meaningless unless backed by financially supporting Black women in politics and voting us into office. White people and non-Black people…