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Michelle Jones, the Effect of Caribbean Hurricanes on Poor Women, and March for Black Women

September 29, 2017

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Here’s our pick of news, writing, and research this week that investigates political questions at the intersections of gender, race, and region.

1. Why Caribbean Hurricanes Are Worse for Women and the Poor
Levi Gahman and Gabrielle Thongs YES! Magazine: “Irma and Maria are surely not the last extreme disasters that will strike the region. To survive and flourish in this dangerous new normal, Caribbean countries would do well to look to the heart of these issues, rethinking the concept of risk and mindfully engaging with factors like poverty, gender, and climate change. In practice, this means identifying their most vulnerable communities and working to improve their day-to-day well-being—not just their survival in a storm.”

2. Trust Black Women, March For Black Women
Monica Simpson for Blavity: “This march is not about Donald Trump. This march is not about Democrats and Republicans or the political back and forth. It is simply about letting the world know that Black women’s lives matter. It’s about letting our daughters know that they have value, that they are loved and deserve respect. It’s about letting our sons know that Black women are to be regarded with dignity and humanity, and that they too have a stake in justice for Black women.”

3. We don’t think Michelle Jones could change because we see black moms as monsters
Manisha Sinha for The Washington Post: “The question is not whether one should excuse or even explain Jones’s actions, which by all accounts is inexcusable. It’s rather whether forgiveness and redemption is possible: As Harvard Professor Elizabeth Kai Hinton eloquently put it, ‘How much do we really believe in the possibility of human redemption?’ Due to America’s history of racial exclusion and exploitation, the answer appears to be: not very much, especially when it comes to one of white America’s ultimate boogeymen – the monstrous black mother.”

4. An Intersectional Framework to Sexual Violence Prevention
Nadeeka Karunaratne for Inside Higher Ed: “One of the core tenets of critical race feminism is the importance of storytelling, specifically counterstorytelling. Counternarratives can serve a vital role for empowerment in our prevention education, particularly when mainstream white feminism excludes those narratives. We need to think of how the current national conversation centers on white, cisgender female bodies and then critically reflect on how our programming and prevention education does the same. We must then center the most marginalized in our society within our work.”

5. Why Police Violence Against Women of Color Stays Hidden
Zenobia Jeffries interviews Andrea Jeffries for Alternet: “Although national data show more Black men are killed at higher rates than women, Ritchie says, those numbers don’t tell the whole story. ‘The number counts are in kinds of police interaction, traffic stops, street stops, and police killing, but there are no numbers counting police rape or police sexual harassment or unlawful strip searches. These are also acts of police violence.’ And while police violence against women of color is increasing—through broken windows policing, zero-tolerance policies, deportation, child protective services, the war on drugs, and the war on terrorism—public resistance is also increasing. In Invisible No More, Ritchie documents this violence but also the acts of resistance to it, and possibilities for reform.”