Tag: racism

Systemic Racism and the Monsters it Makes of White People

In her book, They Were Her Property: White Women as Slave Owners in the American South, Stephanie E. Jones-Rogers details through exhaustive research the role white women played in the slave trade of the American South. In this intricately detailed book she displays how white women were empowered by being slave owners, and used this power consciously and intentionally to abuse, exploit and often engage in the commerce of black bodies and lives—separating the enslaved from their loved ones—to leverage their position in society and financially advance themselves. In contrast to previously promoted depictions that white women in the...

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Angelina Grimké: Digging up the Weed of Racism by the Roots Out of Each of Our Hearts (American 1805-1879)

On February 21, 1838 when Angelina Grimké gave a speech before the state house in Boston, Massachusetts, many already knew her name and had heard her speak. But this was a first: “Until this, no American woman had ever spoken to a legislative body. Women did not vote nor stand for office and had no influence in political affairs. They received inferior elementary schooling and were, with the exception of recently opened Oberlin College, excluded from all institutions of higher learning. No church, except the Quakers, permitted women any voice in church affairs or in the ministry. The belief...

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Sofie Scholl: “Wake up! Resist! Sabotage!” German (1921-1943)

“Isn’t it mysterious—and frightening, too, when one doesn’t know the reason—that everything should be so beautiful in spite of the terrible things that are happening? My sheer delight in all things beautiful has been invaded by a great unknown, an inkling of the creator whom his creatures glorify with their beauty—That’s why man alone can be ugly, because he has the free will to disassociate himself from this song of praise” (HWR 276). Sofie Scholl in a letter 1942 Her bust now stands in Valhalla, the hall of Great Germans, one of the very few women selected for this...

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