The Race problem- An Autobiography 1904

“It does not matter how good or wise my children may be, they are colored.  When I have said that, all is said.  Everything is forgiven in the South but color” (1)

An anonymously published piece in 1904 by a Southern black women, she expresses her grievances that her children will face regardless of their gender, but of the color of their skin.  White woman have fought for their rights but in doing so they have left behind a whole other community that faces oppression and persecution from a biological difference.  At this time white woman are making great strides on the way to equality and in moving closer to suffrage, but in the South there needs to be an inferior and superior, so now the brunt on that falls on the black woman. In some suffrage movements they use the oppression of blacks as a way to advance their own movement towards white woman’s suffrage, leaving behind the black woman. ” Southern suffragists promised that (white) women’s suffrage would ensure white supremacy in the South” (2).  While the way that people are oppressed is changing throughout history, society is still finding ways to ensure certain groups who are oppressed remain the oppressors of other groups below them.


  1. “The Race problem- An Autobiography” In Root of Bitterness: Documents of the Social History of American Women, 286-290. 2nd ed. Boston: Northeastern University Press, 1996.

  2. Berkin, Carol , ed. “Women in Twentieth- Century America.” Clio in the Classroom. Ed. Margaret Crocco and Barbara Winslow. N.p.: n.p., n.d. 53. Print.

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