Black Women : "The Black Woman's Manifesto"

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    Black Woman's Manifesto

    Introduction
    Racism and capitalism have trampled the potential of black people in this country and thwarted their self-determination. Initially the physical characteristics of those of African descent were used to fit blacks into the lowest niche in the capitalist hierarchy - that of maintenance. Therefore, black women and men of today do not encourage division by extending physical characteristics to serve as a criterion for a social hierarchy. If the potential of the black woman is seen mainly as a supportive role for the black man, then the black woman becomes an object to be utilized by another human being. Her potential stagnates and she cannot begin to think in terms of self-determination for herself and all black people. It is not right that her existence should be validated only by the existence of the black man.
    The black woman is demanding a new set of female definitions and a recognition of herself of a citizen, companion and confidant, not a matriarchal villian or a step stool baby-maker. Role integration advocates the complementary recognition of man and woman, not the competitive recognition of same.

    Role integration encourages a broader mental and emotional growth in black women and men as they share the responsibility of working towards liberation. Neither of them should be relegated to a narrow experience in life. Neither of them should have their potentiality for self-determination controlled and predetermined by the opposite sex. That is a type of slavery that will not deliver us as a people. That is a form of bondage which is an integral part of the racist and capitalist system which black women and black men must work to oppose and overthrow.

    (Gayle Lynch)

    *Linda La Rue, The Black Movement and Women�s Liberation, The Black Scholar, Vol. I. May, 1970. p.42
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    Black Women's Manifesto

    Collection: Women's Liberation Movement Print Culture. A pamphlet distributed by Third World Women's Alliance.
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    From time to time I make my wish know for us as a race to have that utopia known as unity. But in my opinion, there is too much division that keeps black unity a myth. Do you think we hold each other to unrealistic standards in a relationship. Or maybe we let old stereotypes govern what we deem who should be the bread winner?

    Peace!
     
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