|Those who forget history are doomed to repeat it.
||[Wednesday, Mar. 12th, 2008|08:31 pm]
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"In respect to political rights, we hold woman to be justly entitled to all we claim for men. We go further, and express our conviction that all political rights which it is expedient for men to exercise, it is equally so for woman. All that distinguishes man as an intelligent and accountable being, is equally true of woman, and if that government only is just which governs by the free consent of the governed, there can be no reason in the world for denying to woman the exercise of the elective franchise, or a hand in making and administering the law of the land."|
- Frederick Douglass, in an article titled "The Rights of Women" published in his abolitionist newspaper North Star, published July 1848
"Although this may remain a question for politicians to wrangle over for five or ten years, the black man is still, in a political point of view, far above the educated white women of the country. The representative women of the nation have done their uttermost for the last thirty years to secure freedom for the negro; and as long as he was lowest in the scale of being, we were willing to press for his claims; but now, as the celestial gate to civil rights is slowly moving on its hinges, it becomes a serious question whether we had better stand aside and see "Sambo" walk into the kingdom first. As self-preservation is the first law of nature, would it not be wiser to keep our lamps trimmed and burning, and when the constitutional door is open, avail ourselves of the strong arm and blue uniform of the black soldier to walk in by his side, and thus make the gap so wide that no privileged class could ever gain close it against the humblest citizen of the republic?"
- Elizabeth Cady Stanton, abolitionist and suffragist, in a letter to the editor of the New York Standard, December, 1865
"With the black man, we have no new element in government, but with the education and elevation of women, we have a power that is to develop the Saxon race into a higher and nobler life and thus, by the law of attraction, to lift all races to a more even platform than can ever be reached in the political isolation of the sexes."
- Elizabeth Cady Stanton speaking at the first annual meeting of the Equal Rights Association, May 1867
"When women, because they are women, are dragged from their homes and hung upon lamp-posts; when their children are torn from their arms and their brains dashed upon the pavement; when they are objects of insult and outrage at every turn; when they are in danger of having their homes burnt down over their heads; when their children are not allowed to enter schools; then they will have [the same] urgency to obtain the ballot."
- Frederick Douglass speaking at the Equal Rights Association convention in 1869
If you cross-post this to APR, I will be your best friend.
I've been thinking about it for weeks and referenced it earlier in sex_and_race, so I came home and yanked my dog-eared copy of Women, Race & Class off the shelf to transcribe some choicer bits.
Thank you for this.
Too many of Hilary's supporters read and sound like Stanton.
What are you trying to say here?
If it is that white women at the turn of the century (who had been in chattel slavery by any conservative interpretation) weren't all that hip to the black man's struggle, okay.
I don't see what you are saying here. Other than ECS was a racist and Frederic Douglass wasn't a sexist. Neither of which should come as a surprise to anyone with a hairbreadth of Feminist and African-american theory.
If you are trying to apply ANY of these quotes to the current political struggle: Cheap, Cheap shot. And ineffectual.
Um, dude. First of all, you need to slow your fucking roll up in here.
There's nothing cheap at all about quoting one of the leaders of the proto-feminist movement who, when it looked like black men might vote before white women, in the midst of the terrorism against black people that followed the Civil War, decided to draw a line in the sand--despite the fact that Douglass was her co-vice-president of the Equal Rights Association and continued to support women's suffrage.
Stanton and the MAJORITY of the suffrage movement opposed the passage of the 15th Amendment on the same grounds that underlie the various editorials and statements that have come from no less than Gloria Steinem
, Robin Morgan
, Erica Jong
, Roseanne Barr
, and most recently Geraldine Ferraro
: a fundamental sense of entitlement on the part of white women to walk through that "celestial gate" and into the White House before "Sambo."
If you DON'T see that, you're clearly not as up on your history as you think you are, much less watching the way the Clinton campaign is playing the game at this very moment.
Feel free. I pulled all of these quotes out of Women, Race & Class by Angela Davis.
Isn't it interesting that we call Hillary by her first name and Obama by his last name?
Not terribly. That's how she's branded her campaign in an effort to distinguish herself from Bill, I suspect. Though I find it interesting that she's dropped "Rodham," which she refused to do in '92 when her husband ran for president and which she caught a lot of shit for.
What any of this has to do with the quotations above, though, I'm unsure.
Drawing attention to historically chilling white middle-class feminist bullshit as a means of illustrating how very little things have changed among contemporary white, middle-class feminists hurts white people's feelings.
I thought you might want to know. Also, hurting white people's feelings is like really, really offensive.
It's not like all of those women are racist, it's just that they're less sexist! Which we all should be cause sexism is worse. At least for white women. No one's sure about women of color, at the time of the last feminist census someone forgot to count them.
PS -It's interesting how at Senator Clinton's insistence Senator Obama was forced to denounce and reject the support of Louis Farrakhan, yet Sen. Clinton merely "disagrees" with her dear pal Gerry Ferraro. Or is it just me?
PS - It's not just you.
"Does the modern American woman [who] is a petitioner before man, pleading for her political rights, ever stop to consider that the red woman that lived in New York state five hundred years ago, had far more political rights and enjoyed a much wider liberty than the twentieth century woman of civilization?"
- Gawasco Waneh (Arthur Parker), 1909
Quoted in Sally Roesch Wagner's Sisters in Spirit: Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) Influence on Early American Feminists
2008-03-14 06:57 am (UTC)
Re: What about quoting some indigenous?
Holy fucking shit. That didn't appear in any of my Intro to Women's Studies texts.
Now that I think about it my knowledge of racism in the women's movement is almost entirely through reactions to it than direct examples. Civil rights history has far more of a "warts and all" use of source material.
I've been exposed to a wider range of work by Sojourner Truth and Douglass than Stanton.
This sort of reminds me of when I found a long out-of-print book by an early animal rights activist and it turned out the guy was a racist and sexist who believed a woman could abandon their already slight hold on virtue just by cutting their hair.
Except a million times worse, because that guy was obscure. This is a central historical figure and her image has been redacted in general surveys.
Edited twice for clarity and improving vocabulary and grammar.
Edited at 2008-03-17 01:32 pm (UTC)
I should also add I know this isn't hidden, just not the first thing you see. I knew the racism was bad, but it's not the same as knowledge informed by specific example.