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Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, & Black Women n America/Melissa Harris-Perry

  • Jan 26, 2013 · 6:00 PM
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Jezebel's sexual lasciviousness, Mammy's devotion, and Sapphire's outspoken anger—these are among the most persistent stereotypes that black women encounter in contemporary American life. Hurtful and dishonest, such representations force African American women to navigate a virtual crooked room that shames them and shapes their experiences as citizens. Many respond by assuming a mantle of strength that may convince others, and even themselves, that they do not need help. But as a result, the unique political issues of black women are often ignored and marginalized.

In this groundbreaking book, Melissa V. Harris-Perry uses multiple methods of inquiry, including literary analysis, political theory, focus groups, surveys, and experimental research, to understand more deeply black women's political and emotional responses to pervasive negative race and gender images. Not a traditional political science work concerned with office-seeking, voting, or ideology, Sister Citizen instead explores how African American women understand themselves as citizens and what they expect from political organizing. Harris-Perry shows that the shared struggle to preserve an authentic self and secure recognition as a citizen links together black women in America, from the anonymous survivors of Hurricane Katrina to the current First Lady of the United States.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    sry, so last minute. is it ok to bring my baby (Alyssa)? Shes a good baby, and won't be any trouble.

    January 26, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      September said it would be ok

      January 26, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      .Ok. Thank-you. I will stop and get soda on the way.

      January 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'll bring dessert.

    January 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'll bring chips and salsa.

    January 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Are we allowed to bring "spirits"?

    January 20, 2013

    • September

      yes thats fine

      January 21, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Ok, I will bring a bottle of wine with wine/cheese platter

      January 25, 2013

  • Erica

    The address has been emailed.

    January 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will bring dip and chips and bottle of wine

    January 23, 2013

  • joyce b.

    I'll bring a fruit salad. Also do we still need chairs?

    January 21, 2013

    • Erica

      I think we'll have enough. Shanda and I are bringing some. Thanks.

      January 23, 2013

  • Erica

    Let's keep Brittanee in our prayers as she undergo surgery.

    1 · January 21, 2013

  • Erica

    Don't forget to post what you will be bringing for the potluck. Totally optional. The address will be provided once RSVP's close. I'm bringing California Rolls.

    January 20, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I'll bring desert.

      January 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I downloaded the PDF...if anyone wants it for free then give me your email address

    1 · December 29, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      I'd like a copy, please! [masked]. Thank you so much!

      January 21, 2013

  • Shanda

    I'm bringing vegetarian chili and chips. :-)

    January 20, 2013

  • Megan

    Hosting. Ladies I don't mind hosting. I thought that I replied earlier. I can do it at my office which is in Mansfield. It has a kitchen and large back room. Only issues is chairs. I have 7.

    1 · January 10, 2013

    • Shanda

      I have four folding chairs, if there's room.

      January 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey Megan, thanks for stepping up that's cool of you. September has agreed to host January's meeting. However I do think April is open. Let us know an we will make sure your on the calendar.

    January 10, 2013

    • Megan

      Thanks Celeste, no problem.

      January 10, 2013

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