Monday, June 15, 2020

"The movement is not a fad", neither today nor in 1895

Since Saturday, 6 June, when I heard several speakers at the Black Lives Matter demonstration in Basel insist the movement is "not a trend", I have read further statements from the US that say the same, or that it's "not a fad". Then today, in "Women, Race and Class", by Angela Davis (which I have been reading slowly for several months now), I came across a quotation from Fannie Barrier Williams at The First National Conference of the Colored Women of America in 1895: "The club movement among colored women ... is not a fad". The critique of anti-racist movements as merely fashionable is apparently as old as the movements themselves. (Andrew Shields, #111words, 15 June)

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