In the critically acclaimed Their Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston wrote that “The black woman is the mule of the world.” Zora Neale Hurston never lied. We all have grandmothers, mothers, sisters, wives, and aunts. We have also witnessed how hard they have had work for the country and how they have gotten nothing in return. They have been disrespected, taken for granted and expected to play the background to somebody else’s foreground. Ralph Baker’s Shock Exchange: How Inner-City Kids From Brooklyn Predicted the Great Recession and the Pain Ahead stood tall for black women, and reflected some of the strongest portrayals of black women ever in print. However, many black women “claim” to have never read the the book and “claim” to have never heard of it … but I digress.
At Trump And The Global Economy earlier this month Missouri State Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal echoed Zora Neal-Hurston’s sentiment that the black woman is still the most-disrespected in society. This comes despite being the backbone of the democratic party. She explains her reasoning in the following video.