Unit 4 Post 1 — Louis Onoratini

Terrell — A christian, a catholic to be more precise. She was one of the first African-American women to get a college degree. She describes the everyday violence African-Americans face. They are turned away from education, jobs and public office. They are always seen as second options behind the white people. White’s are constantly privileged even when they have less skills than the African-American workers or students. This violence of not being to strive because of the color of one’s skin is one that these people could not get away from. It was constant. 

Wells — Does not seem like she was very religious. She was a journalist at the start of the civil rights movement. Ida B. Wells talks about the relentless lynching of Africa-Americans. For all sorts of made up reasons, judges would let black people be killed publicly and usually very graphically, making sure they felt pain. These people were just killed because they were black, nothing else. Life was not a given for them, making them live in constant fear. 

Both — Both of the violence they speak of are deeply rooted in the legal system. Nothing that happened to these people was illegal back then so no one could really stand up against it. These acts of violence were deeply ingrained in American culture which made them right in the eyes of the people. In both of these readings, women are key because they are doubly victims of these violences. They either experience them first hand or experience them through their husbands. Back then, women were also looked down upon so most of them were not allowed to work and banked on their husbands for survival. So, when their husbands lost their jobs or were killed, these women were left to fend for themselves; they had to fight a very uphill battle. White women were complicit to that violence, they followed what their husbands did because they were not allowed to think for themselves back then. The only solution to anti-black violence was the revamping of all the Jim Crow laws in order to have real equality. However, getting that hate out of the peoples’ mind is a whole other battle, that we still fight to this day.

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