In light of all the violence in the news in recent days, let me urge readers of this blog to go in your closets, find something Red, and join me and others on Thursday, October 30th me in wearing Red on Thursday, October 30th in recognition of the second annual Document the Silence of Violence Against Women of Color movement.
Last year around ths time I swore up and down to my young activist friends over at DSVAWC that women in the church care about domestic violence as much as they do and that church women have long been at the forefront of offering comfort and rescue to battered women and their children. Who do they think has been doing this work all these years? Women with deep religious convictions have been working the phonelines and harboring abused women and their children in their homes for decades.
Where do folks get the idea that Christian women are not activists, that women who go to church are conservative, too conservative to respond to the cries of battered women? It’s stupid to confuse what black male preachers say with what black women in the pews think. And it’s insulting to hear folks talk as though women who go to church are dumb, uncritical thinkers.
Besides, what makes folk think that community activists have a monopoly on justice work and that those working in the trenches of community organizing don’t attend church? Don’t make me go there!
But I digress.
With all that’s going on, let’s all wear Red to work, Red to class, Red to early voting, and Red to the grocery store on Thursday, October 30th.
***In memory of Jennifer Hudson’s mother Darnell Donerson, brother Jason Donerson (brother), and nephew Julian King whose horrific murders are likely to have been the result of a family dispute.
***To call attention to the fate of the
thousands millions of women who are beaten or killed every year by men they thought loved them.
And while you’re at it, wear Red…
***In protest against the likes of white women like Ashley Todd who had herself beat up and branded with a “B” on the cheek so she could claim she was attacked by a big, black male Obama supporter who was getting back at her for supporting McCain.
***In protest against white skinheads everywhere who concoct plans to murder blacks, and especially any black man who thinks he has the right to become President of the United States.
***In protest against the racist rumor crackpots have tried posting on this blog and which I’ve heard again and again on television and radio in recent days, namely the rumor that regardless of the outcome black people are going to riot on and after November 4th. Whether in celebration of Obama’s victory or outrage at his loss, blacks are going to tear up cities and whites have reason to fear for their lives. Exactly who is responsible for this racist, noxious rumor? What’s with these white people who claim to be scared and torn about what to expect on Election Day? What the…..? This is crap. We have white skinheads concocting plans to murder the black presidential candidate along with dozens of innocent black students. We have a young white woman who gets someone to punch and slap her around and leave bruises on her face so she can claim she was attacked by a black male Obama supporter. We have whites growing angry and rowdy at McCain/Palin rallies, yelling “Kill Him” when Obama’s name comes up. But never mind any of that. It’s black people who are violent and a threat to the commonwealth.
I’m not disputing that we have our share of ugly, nasty violence in our communities. But we are not alone. America is a violent country. Besides, the last time I looked black people are not the ones conspiring to commit violence designed to topple the government and disrupt the entire national election process.
But where was I? Oh yeah, like I said: wear something Red on October 30th, doggoneit, in a show of support for victims of violence everywhere, especially women.
If you’re a woman who goes to church wear Red on October 30th to show that you don’t mind supporting your feminist and activist sisters everywhere who seek to call attention to the plight of battered women and their children.
If you are committed to real change, wear Red on October 30th as your way of saying “Stop the Violence.”
(Drop by Document the Silence of Violence Against Women of Color what else the group is asking folks to do on October 30th.)
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