We can’t just remove icons of Confederate glorification — we must add representations of Black empowerment, too

Hey, look, I know I post a lot, especially lately. But this essay is ESSENTIAL READING. Save it for later if you must. But please, please read it! There is so much to chew on here! This piece offers a truly different cultural POV than I’ve seen. It includes links to un-whitewashed history. And most eye-opening, to me, is the the shifted framework of seeking prideful displays of Black empowerment, vs. removing shameful markers of supremacist glorification. It seems activism has largely focused on the latter, which is necessary of course — but it’s the former that really will change everyday lives. This piece really shook me up, in the best way.

 

(but NOT LIKE THIS, ok??)

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About amywinns

Semi-snarky, semi-sincere, occasionally ranting, always paying attention. Feminist who can work a skirt and crack a joke. Grammar nerd who is also fun at parties. Mid-career writer/editor with 15 years’ experience in newspapers & magazines who now helps developers at a major media corporation communicate with the suits who write the checks. Pro-women, pro-family, pro-choice, pro-workingclass, pro-entrepreneur, pro-farmer. Like every other bourgeois Brooklynite, I choose local/organic/raw food — mostly vegetables — whenever possible/reasonable/affordable but I’m not a smug asshole about it. Hometown: Atlanta. Weird hobby: lindy hop. No pets, no kids, no thanks.
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