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Wed, Dec. 24th, 2008, 09:11 pm
Ain't I A Woman? -- Sojourner Truth

I found this quote while rummaging through some old stuff of mine and figured it was a good thing to remember during this holiday time. This is a season for giving, and also one for living. Isn't every season?

Sojourner Truth's Speech Delivered in 1851 at the Women's Convention in Akron, Ohio
(Prior to her speech, many in the women's suffrage movement did not want to mix abolitionism into the movement -- fearing it would create too many enemies and obstacles. She was not listed as a speaker. They jeered her as she approached the stage, but by the time she was finished, the anti-slave movement and the women's rights movement were united.)

Well, children, where there is so much racket there must be something out of kilter. I think that 'twixt the negroes of the South and the women at the North, all talking about rights, the white men will be in a fix pretty soon. 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 ain't I a woman? Look at me! Look at my arm! I have ploughed and planted, and gathered into barns, and no man could head me! And ain'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 ain't I a woman? I have borne thirteen children, and seen most all sold off to slavery, and when I cried out with my mother's grief, none but Jesus heard me! And ain't I a woman?

Then they talk about this thing in the head; what's this they call it? [member of audience whispers, "intellect"] 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 woman! 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 made was strong enough to turn the world upside down all alone, these women together ought to be able to turn it 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 me, and now old Sojourner ain't got nothing more to say.

Thu, Dec. 25th, 2008 12:46 pm (UTC)
lather2002: Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas ;)

The Jingle Bells

Hear the jingle bells!
Hear them jingle!
How they jingle!
How they jangle!
And see the madman in the red suit!
Who is coming!
He sees you!
With wide wild eyes.
He wants you!
He sees you when you sleep!
He knows what mad dances
The reindeer make!
How they twirl and touch their antlers!
How their blood is stirred
By the madman they call Claus!
How merry they are
As they drink your blood and say,
"Merry Christmas to all,
And to all a good night!"
You are their daughter!
My love!

Sat, Dec. 27th, 2008 03:15 am (UTC)
lather2002: Ho Ho Ho ...