Sisters in Struggle or Sisters in Silence
Where is the love for Ieshuh Griffin from our black sisters in the government and in the community?
I was reminded of when Hillary Clinton ran for President recently. She mentioned in her exit speech that she had broken the glass ceiling that for too long has kept women from reaching higher heights, especially in politics. She was very right about that. Only Hillary and few others have the mental and physical fortitude to play with the big boys and come out with her head held high, pant suit intact, and respect gained for the women’s movement.
Now fast-forward to January 2011, Milwaukee Wisconsin, the Milwaukee County Executive’s Race and one stands alone. Bad enough it is only one female, but this sister really is standing alone except for those from within the community who have come to respect her and her message.
Suggested endorsements could come from Sen. Lena Taylor, Sen. Tamara Grigsby, Rep. Gwen Moore, County Board member Nikaya Harris, self-proclaimed community advocate Jerri Hamilton, Rep. Barbra Toles, and Rep. Elizabeth Coggs. Well Coggs gets a pass right? NO- in order for us to get ahead we have to get over our hurt feelings and shake hands and support.
I know Ms. Griffin does not seek these ladies support. She gets by on her brilliance and truth just fine! However, there is a larger message here, one being sent to all women who dare change the face of injustices and politics in Wisconsin no matter their ideology, or those who wish to be leaders in their respective fields. When do women, especially women of color, start getting away from politics and hate and start opening doors for the rest of us?
Shouldn’t they be held to a certain level of accountability from the communities they come from and represent? And if they don’t support other black women what repercussions does this have in our community? When do we start letting our black elected know they are hurting us and not helping us? Regardless if you support Ieshuh, there are other women out here seeking leadership positions, political offices, and judgeships, we need to support our sisters. Hell this isn’t the Housewives of Milwaukee or Bucks Wives, where it is okay to tear down weaves and run in little high-school-like cliques. This is a time where Milwaukee is OPEN FOR BUSINESS!! A new day and that means it is time for our sisters to give up a little piece of their power and share it with the rest of us. Break the glass ceiling!
Sure some can say some of these women are not deserving of public office as it stands, and those people would be right. Some of them have used namesake, privilege, connections, and political muscle as their mainstays. For too long, we have sat by and allowed it. Again Black apathy rears its ugly head. However we do have little black girls, “queens in training” and if they are to become the women of tomorrow, it is past time some of our black female leaders start acting like leaders and not like gate keepers. And yes whether it is fair or not, you are more than just a political figure, you are representing and owing to us! To whom much is given, much will be required! A personal appearance at a school for Black History Month or MLK Day to say some tired old speech is not enough anymore. Show by actions and deeds that you are more than a color. You are queens, we are united, there is a sisterhood, a positive one, and that you are mentors for our girls to aspire to be.
As Ieshuh Griffin and others like her begin to find their place in this community, wouldn’t it be nice if this closed little sorority open its doors and let us all in and extend a hand of support and sisterhood.
That’s just my two-cents and I may be wrong, but I think for my baby girl and all the little princesses, I for one would like to see us woman come together over something positive and not over some racial injustice. Just for once it would be nice to see some love coming from our current leaders to our up and coming leaders in training.