For the longest time I kept forgetting who won the right to vote first, women or Black people. It finally occurred to me that whichever way you slice or dice the chronology of voting rights, Black women, being both disenfranchised by race and gender, would always end up being the last to have the right to vote (for the record, Black men won that right first via the 15th Amendment). So to see, in my lifetime, how Black women have taken a “last to get the party, but first to rock the dance floor” approach to voting is quite telling, not to mention, thrilling. When we show up, we show out! In 2008 and 2012, Black women voted at a higher rate than any other group. Black women today are beginning to see that our presence on Election Day can make or break the next president. Am I as inspired by Hillary Rodham Clinton as I was by Barack Obama during his campaign? No. I am inspired, however, by the bold audacity of Black women to show up and show out– connecting our presence at the polls to power. From the Black Lives Matter movement (started by Black women) disrupting candidates Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders to First Lady Michelle Obama wielding words like ninja stars during the DNC and while stumping for HRC, Black women understand that being last to the party doesn’t mean we can’t select the music being played.
Lady Parts Justice