Editor’s Note: This article is a preview of an article published on The Peach Perspective.
My voice and demands for accountability in Georgia political coverage have caused biased reporting by WABE and the AJC. There is nothing new about attempts to undermine or discredit Black women. Like Ida B. Wells, I will not be silenced. My voice, my brand, and the spaces I have been blessed to occupy are important and valuable, regardless of who decides that I am worthy of their shine and attention. Last month, I was approached about doing a story on me and my grassroots work. The impression was that I have not been accurately represented by local media, and this would be an opportunity to be heard. It was not until this past Monday that I had any indication this story was going to be anything potentially negative. Trust matters.
I have never required anyone’s platform to elevate my own thoughts and positions. Earlier iterations of my blogging, at times, had no one besides my parents or siblings reading the pieces. I was fine because I was writing, and knew that someday people would read and hear what I had to say. Over the past few years, other bloggers and then independent media commentators and hosts have reached out to engage my voice and perspective in ongoing dialogues about the issues directly affecting our country and the world around us.
We have to talk about liberating minds as well as liberating society. – Angela Davis
If anyone is confused about my motivation, it is simple: I was raised in a communal environment by forward-thinking Black people focused on uplifting the community. At my core, there is a commitment to addressing systemic injustice, and one avenue I have seen as viable is through electoral politics. This is not the only path, but I refuse to cede ground to those who do not put our interests and communities first.
Although Black women are heralded for our overwhelming civic participation, our value extends only as far as it can be used in the furtherance of someone else’s political agenda. If and when we are a threat to the status quo we are attacked and discarded. Not this time.
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