Sunday, January 27, 2008

Words For Warfare

"I think, though, as African-American women, we are always trained to value our community even at the expense of ourselves, and so we attempt to protect the African-American community." - Anita Hill

6 comments:

Attorneymom January 27, 2008 at 4:26 PM  

If we don't, then who will???

Professor Tracey January 27, 2008 at 5:34 PM  

Excellent question, but if black women get burned out what will the black community do then? We need to start spreading the burden better.

JustATest January 27, 2008 at 6:58 PM  

Black women are the black community. We are the worker bees and some of the men (of course not all) are the drones.

Even the bees kick the drones out when resources get scarce.

Black women should take care of each other and their kids, and let the men fend for themselves.

tasha212 January 27, 2008 at 8:58 PM  

I think there has to be some sort of balance. To me the problem is not that black women care about black men and their issues. It's that we care at the expense of our own interests. We'll put ouselves on the back burner to tend to them and their problems. Yes, as a black woman, I am distubed by the plight of the black man, but I also believe that black women's and children's interests are crucial and must be made top priority.

Throughout history, even in ancient times the relationship of the black man and woman has been by each other's sides. The problem is that black men are not holding up their end of the bargain. It is not the job of black women to protect black men from anything. Those black men who are decent must make it their duty to hold other black men accountable for their trifling behavior and be willing to protect black women and children from those black men who prey on women and children.

That being said, in order for the survival of the race, black men and women have to come together on a level plane field to solve some of our common problems. That means black women must demand to have their voices and concerns included in the discussion.

Professor Tracey January 27, 2008 at 9:54 PM  

Tasha 212 -

Well said. I might be testing your point of view with tommorrow's posting.

JustATest -

I hear you and that frightens me to death.

tusk91 January 28, 2008 at 8:58 PM  

JustATest -

As a black man that statement certainly frightens me as well...

I think there are a few black male worker bees left:

http://www.blackmaleappreciation.com/blog/2008/01/martial-arts-ma.html

http://www.blackmaleappreciation.com/blog/2008/01/bmo-mentors-hel.html

http://www.blackmaleappreciation.com/blog/2007/07/dante-lee-26-at.html

http://www.blackmaleappreciation.com/blog/2008/01/black-father-so.html

http://www.blackmaleappreciation.com/blog/2007/10/black-fathers-l.html

http://www.blackmaleappreciation.com/blog/2007/10/black-fathers-h.html

Those links are but, a few of the many stories taking place every day through out this country.

Maybe it will take some time, take some effort, and even some tough love.

But, I remain confident that we(black men) are worthy to stand side by side with the woman we call our mothers, daughters, siblings, wives and lovers.

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