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Dr Sarah Taber @SarahTaber_bww
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Amazing work from @BitterSouth. Real talk about how white women's political choices have not served us.

"Privilege lets you opt out of caring. Given a few centuries, that willing removal has hardened into something else for white women: irrelevancy."
"Black women’s public engagement is nothing new—it’s just that for white Southern women like me, it’s unsettling to look sideways. In parallel, we see what our own lives are not."
"Two generations since the Voting Rights Act of 1965, Mississippi black women run and serve in elected office at a stunningly higher rate than white women."
“Black women are the savviest voters. They are extremely experienced in civic life, and white women are not,” she said. White women would approach Slater to quietly say she had their vote—a fact they intended to keep secret from their Republican husbands."
“I never had a black woman do that,” she said. “Black women taught me everything. They know how to talk to voters. They know how to turn voters out.”
"Pam Johnson, a legislative campaign consultant, can’t forget what she witnessed as a poll watcher in 2011 in north Mississippi. A white couple … shuffled into the rural precinct.

'I came to vote her,' announced the husband, proceeding to direct his wife to the voting machine."
"At every voting station in the precinct, Johnson saw a white husband standing alongside a white wife as she voted. Johnson objected to the violation of the women’s privacy. The precinct workers shrugged. That’s simply how it was done."
"Urban affluence, not just rural isolation, can wall off white women from developing their political lives, said Slater.

“The more privileged, the more powerful the man in her life, in a way, the more diminished she is,” Slater said."
You see a lot of talk about the intensity of black women's work.

I don't think it's appropriate to do that w/o also reflecting on *why* they've had to work so hard on basics like public health, education, wages, etc.

Southern white women were scarce to be seen on these issues.
Anyway, I have a lot of incoherent thoughts on how the South is too often seen just as its white veneer. There's so much more to it than that. It's HBCUs, soul food, music, a vast Black political & intellectual legacy, and more. Let's see that & learn from it while we're at it.
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