Monday, February 27, 2006
Still a long , long way to go...
But what’s all this here talking about? That man over there says that women need to be helped into carriages, and lifted over ditches, and to have the best place everywhere. Nobody ever helps me into carriages, or over mud puddles, or gives me any best place. And aren’t I a woman? Look at me! Look at my arm. I have plowed and planted and gathered into barns, and no man could head me. And aren’t I a woman? I could work as much and eat as much as a man – when I could get it- and bear the lash as well. And aren’t I a woman? I have borne thirteen children, and seen them most all sold off into slavery, and when I cried out with a mother’s grief, none but Jesus heard me! And aren’t I a woman?
Then they talk about this thing in the head: what’s this they call it? [“Intellect”, whispered someone near.] That’s it, honey. What’s that got to do with women’s rights or Negroes rights? If my cup won’t hold but a pint and yours holds a quart, wouldn’t you be mean not to let me have my little half-measure full?
Then that little man in black there, he says women can’t have as much rights as men, ‘cause Christ wasn’t a women. Where did your Christ come from? Where did your Christ come from? Where did your Christ come from? From God and a woman! Man had nothing to do with Him.
If the first woman God ever was made strong enough to turn the world upside down all alone, these together ought to be able to turn back and get it right side up again. And now they is asking to do it, the men better let them.
Obliged to you for hearing on me, and now Sojourner Truth hasn’t got nothing more to say.
Sojourner Truth, Akron, Ohio, 1851
"Once a government is committed to the principle of silencing the voice of opposition, it has only one way to go, and that is down the path of increasingly repressive measures, until it becomes a source of terror to all its citizens and creates a country where everyone lives in fear."
Harry S. Truman
And ain't it the truth.