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Transcript of Southern Horrors:
Questions for the Audience!
was an elementary teacher for black children
editor for the
in Washington, DC
to urge blacks to flee Memphis but more so the south in general
a social activist devoted to the fight for racial and gender equality
formed first civic organization for African-American women
campaigner for anti-lynching
Married in 1895, one of the first married American women to take on the last name of her husband and still keep her own.
Had four children, found balancing work and raising her babies challenging.
Black men of this time were being lynched at an alarming rate due to accusations of "outraging" white women.
These accusations were often found to be false.
Black people were looked down upon and often spoken of as "beast" and thought because of their animal urges they were dangerous.
White men called themselves protecting their white women's "honor".
For black women and girls who were actually being raped there was little to no consequence for the rapist.
Ida felt that it was safe to say that often times white women enjoyed the company of these black men due to so many of the cases being proven wrong but still there men were not justified
What are your views on interracial relationships?
Where is the irony in all of what was talked about in the reading?
How do you think you would have felt living during that time?
Presented by Inaya Smith-Sellers
A Look at:
Ida B. Wells-Barnett
The Pamphlet Explained
born a slave on July 16, 1862
later on freed under the Proclamation
parents died during yellow fever epidemic (age 16)
expelled from Shaw University
What do you think the country would be like if no one ever took action for the betterment of Afro-Americans' way of living?
In today's world with so much history showing how oppressed groups of people have overcome their obstacles, I believe there really is no room left to truly say that someone is not as capable or valuable based soley off of their race or gender.
"The Negro as a political factor can be controlled. But neither laws nor lynchings can subdue his lusts. Sooner or later it will force a crisis. We do not know in what form it will come."