08/10/2017 by syrbal-labrys
Women of my generation, not to mention those women older than me, remember being taught to display a certain rectitude at all times, under all circumstances. One had to dress properly, speak properly and never display any disreputable characteristics like smoking or drinking in public (better if not in private, either), not to mention never being sexually questionable. And never, ever, ever piss off a man.
All of this, of course, was to show the world of men that you were a woman of “quality” who deserved to NOT be raped, beaten, or murdered. Well, thank Reality, it is finally being acknowledged that all that polite perfection was no protection after all.
So, as bad as that was? The demands on people of color to be “respectable” were worse, and protected them even less. I humbly beg you to read this “long read” on that topic. If you are one of those unfortunate sorts who really think it is just bleeding hearts on overdrive crying “Black Lives Matter”? Then you REALLY need to read it; educate yourself on what it has meant to be black in America. Me? I’m surprised any black person can even speak in civil tones to any white person.