Having said that, I'm going to offer up some other musings from this Angry Black Womyn. They're my original thoughts, so if you quote 'em, quote 'em right and give me my props!
First, lets talk about my name - Angry Black Woman. I've had people, even friends, express trepidation, concern and even offense at it. I'll not sugarcoat my thought: You have the nerve to be offended by my name? I've done nothing but take back and own the name you've put on me all of my adult life. If you can't get past the name to hear my wisdom, then, your mind is small, indeed - there is nothing that I can say or do for you!
Another thought, folks - I ain't here to win hearts and minds - I'm here to speak the truth. If the truth upsets and offends you, so be it!
By all accounts, I'm not a bad or an evil person, but people can't stand me, so I must be doing something good.
Here's the deal, folks - I'm not creating controversy by what I say and do, I'm just exposing the unaddressed conflict that was already there to begin with!
I'm so sick and tired of people spouting hate speech and calling it free speech. STOP confusing hate speech with free speech. There IS a difference - learn it! If you're denigrating, insulting, putting down or calling for the injury or elimination of someone or a group of people based on their race, color, religion, place of birth, gender, sexual orientation, or disability, you're spouting hate speech, NOT free speech! Your right to free speech ends when you start talking hate. If you don't understand that, you are truly lost.
If there's one thing I've known since I was a small child, it's this: Civil rights aren't given. You have to fight to get them, then, fight to keep them. Nobody, especially minorities, folks with disabilities and other marginalized groups got, or are getting their rights because some politician thought it was a cool thing to do. Every right we have was gained in blood, sweat and tears, with bodies and lives sometimes given in the struggle. All of our rights were gained by direct action, protests and nonviolent civil disobedience. ANYONE, politician or ordinary citizen, who tells you otherwise is at best, obtuse, and at worst, dangerous!
Ok, one last thing that has been on my mind while in Little Rock, Arkansas, with ADAPT fighting for disability rights: A lot of us in the disability rights arena seem to forget that we stand on the shoulders of the Little Rock Nine and other Freedom Fighters. We didn't do this by ourselves; we had help. They blazed the trail for us. They made it possible. Our movement stands on their backs and we'd better not forget it! We've been fortunate that, though some of our brothers and sisters died on actions, it was due to illness. NONE of us ever died at the hands of cops or racists while fighting for our rights. Though many of us, including me got our asses kicked by cops during protests, NONE of us went through anything like what our freedom fighting Ancestors went through. And, if you think all that is old school, I've got one word for you - Ferguson! What I'm saying is STOP equating the two movements - Disability civil rights and Black civil rights - as one and the same because they are vastly different! Trust me, we've got it EASY in comparison! When we start getting hosed, dogs sic'd on us, shot, tasered, tear gassed - when we start having tanks and other military equipment show up at our protests - when the cops start stomping our asses and beating the crap out of us FOR REAL - then we can talk about how hard it is! Until that day, we need to remember and thank those who went before us, sit at the feet of those still around, and take heed and LEARN!
So there you have it - musings from your favorite (or infamous) Angry Black Womyn. Chew on that for a while until I get back, eh?