HERstories vs HIStories

What do they call you?

Women Herstories

Since WORDS create our world, this is the problem:

The refusal to acknowledge that white men are not the only folks responsible for creating knowledge makes it easy to run roughshod over the histories of black women knowledge creators and academics who tried to hip us to the political realities of academese long before some of these people were even born.  (Cooper, 2014, p. 1)

Do you see it? The problem?

Black women knowledge creators and academics produce HERstories NOT HIStories!!!

Words are powerful and as long as we allow herstory to be written in the vernacular of history, there will be no clear understanding of herstories. [Reminder: Add “herstories” to your computer’s dictionary.]

Brittany Cooper (2014) wrote:

The new emphasis on literary critical theory is as hegemonic as the world it attacks. I see the language it creates as one that mystifies rather than clarifies our condition…

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