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Rep. Marcia Fudge Says Black Women Need To Take A Stand Against Inequality

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Reported By: Britt L

Third-term representative and new chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, Rep. Marcia Fudge, recently defined the state of the African American woman in America today as a source of “provocation, misunderstanding and misinterpretation.”

The remarks were made in August at a National Press Club Newsmarker.

The Ohio democrat emulated the first black woman elected to Congress, Shirley Chisholm, in her address to black women. Almost 40 years ago, Chisholm conducted a speech quite similar in content of Fudge’s remarks.  The speech was called”Black Women in Contemporary America.”

“One day we’re too Black, the next day we’re not Black enough,” she said.  “One day we’re too aggressive, the next day we’re too passive,” she said. “One day we’re too successful, which of course makes us too single, and the next day we’re too poor and promiscuous. The list goes on and on.”

Fudge goes on to explain that women in American culture today encounter the exact same obstacles that they did back in 1974. She also adds that the societal barriers put them in a “less-than-flattering category”.

“As far back as I can remember, particularly since we have had one of the best role models that we have ever had in the White House in our first lady, everything about black women has been frustrated, criticized, ridiculed and judged,” Fudge said.

On the contrary to what society depicts African American women to be, women like Shirley, Marcia and Michelle Obama have overcome society’s attempts to strip their intelligence and strength.

Fudge also suggests in the speech that black women need to take more proactive measures to ensure that their voices are heard where it matters the most.

“You don’t make progress by standing on the sidelines, whimpering and complaining. You make progress by implementing ideas,” explained the congress woman.

Fudge, a former mayor herself, is obviously not afraid of power and urges other black women to be the same way. She told the audience at the Newsmaker to believe that black women must overcome the tendency to shy away from “tough”.

“Push back at whatever is pushing. If black women do not make the effort to take a stand against the inequality, then progress made by Chisholm and other leaders will be in vain,” Fudge stated. “There are people at every level of government making decisions that affect our lives—From the school board and the city council to the White house,” Fudge went on to explain.

Fudge touches on issues that not only black women struggle with, but black men as well. What will it take for men and women alike as a race for all to be united?

Will African American women stand at the forefront instead of waiting for power hungry men like Al Sharpton to take the stand for them?When will we as a black community create scholar, not rapper, children to be congress or council men and women that’ll have a say so in our America?