“Mary Church Terrell, What It Means to be Colored in the Capital of the United States
- Terrel’s religious affiliation is Christian.
- She talks about her experiences of racial discrimination and segretation in church despite having the right as a human being to the “sanctuary of God.”
- The violence Terrell describes is not physical, but more of a mental violence as black people are deprived of jobs and the experience of life simply due to their race.
- The common roots for the violence Terrell describes is race.
- Terrell describes a lot of the experiences of black women and how that despite their qualifications for a position or job they are denied it because of their race.
- I think Terrell uses “white sisters” ironically on page 205 because despite being the same gender, white women do not share and will never share the same experiences as black women.
- Terell does not propose any responses or solutions to anti-black violence but she does highlight it and its effect on black youth growing up.
Ida B. Wells, “Lynch Law in America”
- Wells religious affiliation might be Christian because she states that Americans “knew nothing about Christianity….”
- The violence Wells describes is America’s national crime, lynching. She also describes that violent acts of mutilation that usually accompanies the lynching of black people.
- Wells refers to the common roots of lynching as the “unwritten laws”, which can only refer to racism in all its forms.
- Wells addresses white women’s role in the lynching of black men by just (falsely) accusing them of insult or assault.However, nothing happens when black women are insulted and/or assaulted by black men.
- Wells’ proposed response/solution to anti-black violence is for Americans to see the nation’s evils and “take the necessary steps to remedy it.””
A connection I found between these two readings is the role of white women in the oppression of Black people. I think white women try to relate Black women’s oppression because both women suffer from sexism, however white women still reap the benefits of white privilege. This is apparent in the presence of white feminism and lack of intersectional feminists. Wells exemplifies this very privilege in white women’s ability to falsely accuse black men which leads to the lynching of black men. This assignment just shows how sources of oppression overlap.