As the United States struggles through its worst economic crisis in generations, gloom has seized much of the heartland. The optimism that came so easily to many Americans as the new century dawned is significantly harder to summon these days. There is, however, a conspicuous exception: African Americans, long accustomed to frustration in their pursuit of opportunity and respect, are amazingly upbeat, consistently astounding pollsters with their hopefulness...
Over the past few years, pollsters repeatedly have corroborated the phenomenon. Whereas whites are glum, blacks are upbeat—which is remarkable since the economic crisis has hit African Americans with particularly brutal force. Employment among black men, for instance, has dropped to an all-time low. When I asked Harvard Business School professor David Thomas about the CNN poll, he laughed. “It’s irrational exuberance,” he said.
This news flew in the face of many white liberals who assumed the Black community would join in their poutrage at President Obama based on the way the economic crisis was being felt disproportionately. And yet most African Americans seemed to react by saying, "that's old news...been there, done that." The new news was that this country had not only elected its first African American President, many were also seeing the fruits of their ancestor's struggle in their own lives.
And now, as the very real racist and misogynist attacks escalate from the white male patriarchy in its death throes, crunktastic over at The Crunk Feminist Collective is finding reason to celebrate.
So even though I’m not in the habit of quoting Nicki Minaj, I really do wish I could have this moment for life. This moment, when I can catch a Black girl (well, make that two Black girls) running things in primetime, a Black girl running things on cable news, a Black girl running her own network, a Black girl running the web, a Black girl running Ebony.com, and let the NYT tell it, a Black girl running hip-hop.
And to top all that off, there’s a Black girl running the White House.
I dare not close my eyes, cuz I feel like, in the blink of an eye, it could all be gone. And yet, I choose to savor this moment. Sometimes we Black feminist chicks, I guess because of our fervent desire to make this world reflect our best dreams for it, are quick to see the shortcomings, the wrongs. But in this moment, however brief it turns out to be, there are at least a few things going right.
And in a salute of that, I’m doing my Black girl dance, cuz this is what a Black girl world could look like.
So DO tha ladies run this? Hell yeah. At least for this one singularly exquisite moment. And right now, this one brightly shining moment is enuf. Because if I know Black girls, I know this. Don’t give us even an inch, because we will take over the whole she-bang. #watchoutnow
See...she's feeling the power. Its the flip side to why the white male patriarchy is so cranky these days. Please give her some love and go read the whole thing to get why she's so giddy. Its important that we keep all this in balance as we continue the struggle.