This Week's Tweet Chat: Do Black women spend too much time fighting other people's battles?

For Harriet believes dialogue is an essential component of strengthening bonds and building communi...


For Harriet believes dialogue is an essential component of strengthening bonds and building community, so we're beginning a new feature to connect For Harriet's incredible community of brilliant Black women.

Each week we'll be holding a tweet chat about a different subject that pertains to Black womanhood. This week's topic:

Do Black women spend so much time fighting other people's battles that we forget to fight for ourselves?

A famous passage for Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God reads:

Honey, de white man is de ruler of everything as fur as Ah been able tub find out. Maybe it's some place off in de ocean where de black man is in power, but we don't know nothin’ but we see. So de white man throw down de load and tell de nigger man tuh pick it up. He pick it up because he have to, but he don't tote it. He hand it to his womenfolks. De nigger woman is de mule uh de world so far as Ah can see.

We are the keepers of the community, but have we allowed our role as Black America's foundation to impede our own progress? Should we begin to compartmentalize our struggles? Would more focused efforts benefit Black women as a whole or are our struggles intertwined with those of Black men and other races?

This week's tweet chat will take place on Thursday, October 7 at 9PM EST

RSVP for this week's live tweetchat in the comments! Share your Twitter name, and you initial thoughts on the subject!

We'll be using the hashtag #FHchat, so if you see it be sure to join in! that we forget to fight for ourselves?

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