Frances Ellen Watkins Harper: The Fragility of White Women Allies

In 1866, Author, orator and activist, Frances Ellen Watkins Harper spoke before the Women’s Rights Convention in , New York. Her words speak to us in this coming Trump era, delivered in part by middle of the road and conservative white women who strongly backed the P***y grabber.

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“You white women speak of rights. I speak of wrongs.

“We have a woman in our country who has received the name of ‘Moses,’ not by lying about it, but by acting it out — a woman who has gone down into the Egypt of slavery and brought out hundreds of our people into liberty. The last time I saw that woman, her hands were swollen. That woman who had led one of Montgomery’s most successful expeditions, who was brave enough and secretive enough to act as a scout for the American army, had her hands all swollen from a conflict with a brutal conductor, who undertook to eject her from her place. That woman, whose courage and bravery won a recognition from our army and from every black man in the land, is excluded from every thoroughfare of travel. Talk of giving women the ballot-box? Go on. It is a normal school, and the white women of this country need it. While there exists this brutal element in society which tramples upon the feeble and treads down the weak, I tell you that if there is any class of people who need to be lifted out of their airy nothing and selfishness, it is the white women of America.“

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