As women voters proudly stick their “I Voted” stickers on the grave of white women’s suffrage icon Susan B. Anthony — a yearly tradition but more meaningful this round — her racist past cannot be forgotten.
Anthony famously put women’s right over the rights of others, especially the “negro,” and said some things white feminists might want to read to reconsider their commemorative move. teleSUR compiled some of the most memorable.
“I will cut off this right arm of mine before I will ever work or demand the ballot for the Negro and not the woman.”
“What words can express her (the white woman’s) humiliation when, at the close of this long conflict, the government which she had served so faithfully held her unworthy of a voice in its councils, while it recognized as the political superiors of all the noble women of the nation the negro men just emerged from slavery, and not only totally illiterate, but also densely ignorant of every public question.”
“The old anti-slavery school says women must stand back and wait until the negroes shall be recognized. But we say, if you will not give the whole loaf of suffrage to the entire people, give it to the most intelligent first. If intelligence, justice, and morality are to have precedence in the government, let the question of the woman be brought up first and that of the negro last.”