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Top Black Women Leaders Denounce Racist, Sexist Attacks Against VP Candidates
By Sentinel News Service
Published August 12, 2020

Black women are many things. We are business executives, political strategists and elected officials, philanthropists, and activists. We are health and wellness practitioners. We are entertainers and faith leaders. We are wives, mothers, daughters, educators, and students. We set and shift culture. We build power and we are powerful.

We are the highest propensity voters in this nation. We are a coalition of Black women leaders, who, in this inflection point of the Black liberation movement, where people around the world are galvanized to action, know that the time for Black women in the United States is now.

Over the past few months in the media, we have witnessed many Black women put forth as potential Vice Presidential candidates including former Gubernatorial Candidate Stacey Abrams, Congresswoman Karen Bass, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, Senator Kamala Harris, Congresswoman Val Demings, and former US Ambassador Susan Rice, be publicly critiqued. We have also watched many of these highly-credentialed women be disrespected in the media over the last few weeks.

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Regardless of your political affiliation, whether it’s the media, members of the vice presidential vetting committee, a former Governor, a top political donor, or a small town mayor: We are not your Aunt Jemimas. The use of the racist myth of a happy, Black servant portrayed as a happy domestic worker loyal to her White employer is not lost on us. While some of the relentless attacks on Black women and our leadership abilities have been more suggestive than others, make no mistake–we are qualified and ambitious without remorse.

We are servant leaders — motivated by a desire to uplift and advance our communities and nation. And we will not tolerate racist or sexist tropes consistently utilized in an effort to undermine our power. No matter who you are supporting for Vice President, you should be equally outraged by the blatant disrespect of Black women.

Black women have been and remain vital across sectors. We are indebted to women like Ella Baker, Septima Clarke, Shirley Chisholm, Angela Davis, Fannie Lou Hamer, Barbara Jordan, Ruby Doris Robinson, and Ida B. Wells just to name a few. These women have fought to move us forward and are collectively responsible for much of this country’s progress. Black women have been leading, and we must honor, protect, support, and uplift them.

 

In solidarity,

Concerned Black Women Leaders

Debra Abernathy
Kathy Adams
Katrina Adams
Ifeoluwa Adaralegbe
Alice Agnew
Marceline Alexander
Rev. Dr. Natalie P. Alford,
Ed D. Chinita Allen
Valentia Alleyne
Aimee Allison
Karen Alston
Rev. Dr. Antoinette Alvarado
Lauretta Amanor
Tanasha Anders
Rev. Dr. Karen Anderson
Carolyn Anderson
Cynthia Anderson
Elizabeth Andrews
Angela Angel
O.M. Archibald
Shavon Arline-Bradley
Cheeneah Armstrong
Shyra Arrington
Adjoa B. Asamoah
Tondalaire Ashford
Latoya Asia
Antonia Astin
Isophine Atkinson
Chanda Austin
Keenan Austin Reed
Sade Awe
Hope Ayers
Barbara Bagneris
Vera Alice Bagneris
TL Bails
Raymone Bain
Valerie Hollingsworth Baker
Sheila Banks
Beatrice Baptiste
Marla Barbee
Pamela Barnes
Angela Barrett-Brown
Janine Sherman Barroris
Cora Masters Barry
Juanita Barton
Jackita Bass
Ezell Battle
Julia Battle
Sheryl Battles
Julie A. Bayley
Jacqueline L. Bazan
Latres Bell
Tracy Bell
Michelle Bell
Nadja Bellan-White
Sharon Bennett
Sydney Benson
Cheryl Benton
Salandra Benton
Love Benton
Nicole Bernard
Williette Berry
Tara Beverly
Therese Binfon
Rev. Traci Blackmon
Deborah Blanks
Kelly Bolden
Talia Boone
Imani Bordeaux
Andrea Boyd
Kortni Boyd
Karen Boykin-Towns
Karen Brailsford
Nedra Braithwaite
Sylvia Braswell
Donna Brazile
Rhonda Briggins
Valerie Briggs
Jessica Bright
Roslyn Brock
Melonese Brookins
Desiree Brooks
Shannon Brooks
Clayola Brown
Dy Brown
LaTosha Brown
Cassandra Brown
Waqueta Brown
Theresa Brown
Veronica Brown
Robin Brown
Erin Broyard-Stennis
Julia W Brunson
Joy Burkes
Rhonda Burnough
Robin Burton
Cassandra Butcher
Helen Butler
Shane Butler
Brandy Butler
Cynthia Butler-McIntyre
Jaronica Byner
Leslie Callahan
Melanie Campbell
Ginger Campbell
Rhonda Cantelow
Yolanda Caraway
Brenda Cardwell
Glynda Carr
Rev. Dr. Iva Carruthers
Ruth Carter
Stacia Carter
Erika Carver
Lynette Castille-Hall
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