Thursday, November 17, 2016
Encourage Black Women to Run
Melissa Harris Perry gave an impassioned speech to the American Anthropological Association that ended with her repeating "Where are my black girl leaders? Where are my black girl leaders? Where are my black girl leaders?"
She argued that Donald Trump was elected by white women - most of whom almost always vote Republican. By contrast, black women turned out for Hillary Clinton, and were the only group to turn out at the same (high) rate for Hillary Clinton as they had for Barack Obama.
She made the point that black women are rarely encouraged to run for office themselves. The black women in office often came to the role unexpectedly, indirectly, or through a male relative's election. She argues that we should systematically encourage black women to run for office, at all levels, and in their own right.
This strikes me as a good idea.
Black women among my students, past and present, prepare for a discussion about your social duty and civic capability. :-)