Rather than reduce women’s lives to a misogynistic thought experiment for op-ed pages, we should listen to what it is women say they need to lead fulfilling lives, have healthy pregnancies and build thriving families — not punish them.
America already has a dark history of state-sanctioned violence on Black and brown bodies for medical experimentation, particularly on those living in poverty and under government control. And we stood as idly by then as we do now.
Our imaginations and grit will see us through a dark era, just like our ancestors showed they could do in the past and our friends are doing across the nation right now.
Black women are stars in the wretched galaxy of planet Earth—and the world knows it.
Environmental racism is the problem. Environmental justice can be the solution.
Black girls building home together is a threat to white supremacy.
There is no Black future without honoring the Haitian Revolution, too.
In “The American Dream,” quietly released last November, Black women share their pregnancy and childbirth experiences in their own voices, an intentional device.
We are forced to make decisions about our families, often not always based on our hopes and visions for the future, but on the money in our pocket and whether we have access to competent healthcare. But what if we could change that?
I don’t want to pray for Charleston. I can’t. I am an Itinerant Elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, yet, prayer doesn’t seem like enough. I need action. I need change.