White Women Complicit In Oppressing Others,willfully Forgetting Their Own Period Of Oppression

There is a stub­born deni­a­bil­i­ty on the part of white women in America, a fail­ure to rec­og­nize that col­or is only skin-deep, that they are first and fore­most mem­bers of the human race and that who we are as mem­bers of the human race [trumps] skin col­or.

The 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution grant­ed American women the right to vote, a right known as women’s suf­frage, and was rat­i­fied on August 18, 1920, end­ing almost a cen­tu­ry of protest. In 1848 the move­ment for women’s rights launched on a nation­al lev­el with the Seneca Falls Convention orga­nized by Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott. Following the con­ven­tion, the demand for the vote became a cen­ter­piece of the women’s rights move­ment. Stanton and Mott, along with Susan B. Anthony and oth­er activists raised pub­lic aware­ness and lob­bied the gov­ern­ment to grant vot­ing rights to women. After a lengthy bat­tle, these groups final­ly emerged vic­to­ri­ous with the pas­sage of the 19th Amendment.[History.com]

The fact is that as they have done to black Americans, white men were quite com­fort­able with pre­vent­ing white women from vot­ing,. White men believed that they and they alone were smart and respon­si­ble enough to elect lead­ers through the bal­lot box. In fact, they were basi­cal­ly the only can­di­dates for elect­ed office with the excep­tion of a few cas­es.

During America’s ear­ly his­to­ry, women were denied some of the basic rights enjoyed by male cit­i­zens. For exam­ple, mar­ried women couldn’t own prop­er­ty and had no legal claim to any mon­ey they might earn, and no female had the right to vote. Women were expect­ed to focus on house­work and moth­er­hood, not pol­i­tics.
Hillary Clinton’s ear­ly deci­sion not to fol­low tra­di­tion­al first lady roles in the state of Arkansas may have for­ev­er ruined the way she is per­ceived.

The unde­ni­able truth is that white men were quite com­fort­able in deny­ing their own white women the right to vote, own prop­er­ty, and even to have auton­o­my over their own finan­cial resources.
They were, and in many regards are still com­fort­able with hav­ing babies with their women while deny­ing them the right to make deci­sions over their own repro­duc­tive rights.
Thanks to the strug­gles of pro­gres­sive women like those afore­men­tioned and oth­er unsung hero­ines and heroes, women have had some auton­o­my to make deci­sions on their own.

Seneca Falls Convention 1848

Nevertheless, today some of the same chal­lenges women faced pre-August 18, 1920, are still in play.. It is incon­ceiv­able that in 2018 women would still be at risk of los­ing the right to make deci­sions as it relates to their own bod­ies.
Yet the loom­ing con­fir­ma­tion bat­tle of poten­tial Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh pos­es exact­ly those same risks and far worse, not just for all women includ­ing white women but also for all peo­ple of col­or.

The shock­ing truth is that white women have ben­e­fit­ted from the strug­gles of pro­gres­sives out­side of the nar­row con­fines of repro­duc­tive rights. The civ­il rights won bat­tles which allow them the right to vote, own prop­er­ty and han­dle their own mon­ey did not come with­out major fights.
The sad real­i­ty is that though white women have large­ly ben­e­fit­ted from the sac­ri­fices of oth­ers and may arguably be said to be a pro­tect­ed class in America, they are reluc­tant to speak out in defense of the rights of oth­ers who still strug­gle to be afford­ed their rights.

To the con­trary, white women of vary­ing class have demon­stra­bly tak­en a decid­ed stance against pro­tect­ing the rights of those less pro­tect­ed and have them­selves engaged in sys­temic oppres­sion and sup­port of oppres­sive and dis­crim­i­na­to­ry prac­tices against oth­ers.
That kind of behav­ior is rep­re­hen­si­ble and must be seen for what it is„ a clear and unequiv­o­cal attempt to kick away the lad­der and side with the very same forces which once had them in sub­ju­ga­tion.
It is rep­re­hen­si­ble and shame­ful but most of all it is igno­rant.