Fixing Prejudice. Let's Have a Listening Party for the 4th of July
Prejudice in all it's forms, whether Racism, Sexism or Bigotry - whatever NAME you give it - is God awful.
Tomorrow is our American Independence Day.
The 4th of July.
The History of our of our Nation's Founding has several glaring omissions from the Historical Record - namely Women's History & Black History.
While I am not an "Expert" on either of these two subjects, my knowledge has increased by leaps & bounds since 2017 when I began looking into this.
By all accounts it seems that the Women's Rights Movement began by way of the Abolitionist Movement to End Slavery.
As a person who has lived my entire life being fully racially integrated, I was shocked that I've never heard of any of this until now.
All of us have had some introduction to the History of Civil Rights, even if just on a surface level.
What rock would anyone have to be living under to not have heard of Civil Rights.
But Women's Rights?
Was there even a time when WOMEN were viewed as 2nd Class Citizens?
Was there a time when WOMEN were viewed as the Property of the Men in their lives?
Was there a time when WOMEN could not Vote?
And the early Women's Rights Pioneers were Abolitionists first.
Elizabeth Cady Stanton was one of the original Women's Rights Pioneers.
During the Women's Suffrage Centennial in 2020 in Celebration of the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, the National Constitution Center, located in Philadelphia first got on my radar as a credible source for Civics information & Constitutional Law both Past & Present.
The NCC regularly hosts Town Halls on their YouTube Channel with speakers like the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader-Ginsberg.
Below is one such Town Hall on the History of Stanton's career of political activism during the time when our Constitutional Amendments were being written.
While I really enjoyed the National Constitution Center's Town Hall discussion with Elizabeth Cady Stanton Biographer Laurie Ginsberg, I felt like she was overly-apologetic of what she refers to as Stanton's "Breath-takingly Racist remarks."
Ginsberg is witty & thoughtful & charming in her assessment of Stanton, but all I could think is
"Wow. Have you heard those breath-takingly SEXIST Lyrics in Black Rap Music Lyrics now?"
I would actually like to continue this conversation on the subject of PREJUDICE while listening to some nice soft & soothing Rap Music screaming about Bitches. (Bitch is the CLEAN VERSION.)
From my perspective as a White Woman who has always lived my life the right way, reaching down my hand to help others less fortunate than me, I SO DEEPLY understand the sense of BETRAYAL Stanton must have felt at being repeatedly snubbed by History.
The 13th Amendment was passed - ok good. That's what she wanted.
Then came the 14th Amendment with the first slap in the face when it specified MALE Citizens for the first time in our Constitution.
I'm sure she bristled at the thought of WOMEN specifically being excluded.
But the Ratification of the 15th Amendment - granting Suffrage to Black MEN was likely the final straw.
VOTING RIGHTS FOR ALL PEOPLE - regardless of Race, regardless of GENDER was the very thing she fought for her entire life.
And while she may have may made some highly regrettable statements - something I would never do - I wouldn't have the nerve, the phrase "2 wrongs don't make a right" spring to my mind in the form of Black Rap Music Lyrics.
Below is what I am experiencing in the Present Day as a Health Insurance Agent working to help the Low Income Community. It is not good. And why I have ZERO Tolerance when News Reports complain about "Racial Slurs."
Please Click through & Read:
Elizabeth Cady Stanton didn't live to see the Ratification of the 19th Amendment. She died before Women gained the Right to Vote, but we owe her a debt of gratitude & her RIGHTFUL PLACE IN HISTORY.
Much like Alice Paul (pictured below) who did not live to see the Ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment.
It is stunning that to this day, right here, right now, the Country is still fighting over the question of whether WOMEN deserve Equal Protection of the Law under the Equal Rights Amendment.
These same people will take to the airwaves on TV to complain about "Racial Slurs."
You are talking out of both sides of your mouth.
Rap Music is one great big giant SEXIST SLUR.
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