Susan B Anthony…….Their Heroes Are Not Our Heroes

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Grave site of Susan B Anthony

 

Being that it’s Women’s History Month, lets set the record straight on feminist icon Susan B Anthony. Yes, she worked as an agent for the American Anti-Slavery Society. However, as a number of abolitionist believed at that time, they were against slavery but not for any advancement for us (especially black men) when it came to any real representation of power. Thus, her position against the 15th amendment and the quote “I will cut off this right arm of mine before I will ever work or demand the ballot for the Negro and not the woman.”. This is why it disturbs me when I see my sisters give this woman any praise. Her fight wasn’t for you but for white women only. Susan B Anthony is even erroneously given credit occasionaly for black women being able to vote. Some of my sisters even placed “I Voted” stickers on her grave as an honor during the last presidential election. Smh…..We as a people (black men and women) weren’t given the “right” to vote until the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. If you want to celebrate women who really put in that work for you and us……celebrate Anna Julia Cooper, Ida B Wells, Sojourner Truth, Nannie Helen Burroughs, Elizabeth Piper Ensley, Frances Ellen Watkins Harper and a host of others. When the rubber met the road, Susan B Anthony would have rather perpetuate racism/white supremacy than to concede any power that her people held. Like many white women today, their fight is with THEIR man and our sisters have nothing to do with that. In more cases than not….THEIR heroes are not OUR heroes………

 

Bobby Patterson

www.TheVictimNoMore.com

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