Black Women History Post:
This is a book about the rape of black women during Jim Crow and the influence that this had on the civil rights movement. I never heard the stories of any of these women, until I saw this trailer. I had always been aware that some black women sometimes got raped during Ku Klux Klan Raids throughout the Jim Crow era, but I had no idea of the significant role this played in the civil rights movement. I remember reading “Warriors Don’t Cry,” by Melba Patillo Beals and in her memoir, she writes about an incident where she was nearly raped by a white man on the day that Brown v. Board of Education passed. I guess maybe this was more common than people care to talk about. This post hits close to home because Ms. Recy Taylor and my grandmother were born in the same year. My grandmother would have been around the same age when the Recy Taylor incident occured. I remember my grandmother telling us stories about how she couldn’t try on clothes in the department stores because people thought that black people were “too dirty,” she could only buy them and hope they would fit. Sometimes I wonder how my grandmother (God rest her soul) and other people of that generation made it through such hard times.
According to this book, much of the civil rights movement began because of the sexual abuse of black women, yet we seldom learn about any of this in schools. I haven’t read any of this in my history text books and certainly didn’t learn about it in school…We’ve come a long way, but we still have ways to go obviously…
I will definitely be writing a review of this book when I’m finished reading.
At the Dark End of the Street: http://atthedarkendofthestreet.com/