In light of last night’s drafted Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe. V. Wade, it’s important to understand the true historical context of such decisions. I had the pleasure of interviewing Dr. Treva B. Lindsay, Ohio State professor and the author of America Goddam: Violence, Black Women, and the Struggle for Justice about latest book and how we can collectively overcome the violence wrought against us.
Treva Lindsay and Melissa Harris-Perry on misogynoir, poverty, and violence
By Courtney Napier
On a recent girls’ trip to the National Museum of African American History and Culture, my friends and I made the visual arts exhibit our final stop. I glimpsed the work of Bisa Butler out of the corner of my eye and ran towards it, giddy with admiration. Before me was Butler’s quilted portrait of Harriet Tubman, with her black velveteen hair and full skirt adorned with purple and yellow flora—an icon of liberation, wrested by the hands of Black women.
Just over my shoulder, the presence of a vacuous black space interrupted the triumphant moment. I slowly turned until I was face-to-face with Amy Sherald’s arresting portrait of Breonna Taylor, hanging in solitude in a blackened enclave. The people who stood in line waiting to both admire its beauty and pay their respects could not hold back their cries. In front of me, a Black teenage girl buried her face in her mother’s shoulder. My friend Gloria did the same in mine while she wept.