Updated: Nov 9, 2019
Historically the word, "agenda" has had a bad reputation, learn what it is and why black women need one.
Historic Use of Agenda
The historic use of the word agenda comes from the dictionary as " an underlying often ideological plan or program." Parties formed political agendas to stay in line with their own values and actions. It soon spurred into a long line of accusatory and inflammatory language used by politician way before the use of "fake news" or "Clinton emails." It was often used by opposing sides of argument often for accusatory purposes citing a certain sneakiness and selfishness by a collective, to it. Then it turned on a cultural level. This gave birth to public agenda, gay agenda, black agenda, liberal agenda, conservative agenda, etc. The word even gives birth to the
Agenda-setting theory describes the "ability (of the news media) to influence the importance placed on the topics of the public agenda". ... That is, if a news item is covered frequently and prominently, the audience will regard the issue as more important.
So what we see before our eyes is a political tool once used to narrow political ideology into a more succint idea and language but is now regarded as some sinister tool to impose on others.
For the sake of this post, it is just a political tool. A tool that works well (see Agenda setting theory above). At tool that black women need.
Why Black Women Need an Agenda
Because disparity that's why. There are so many disparities that makes the identity of black woman so important and so relevant. We have an entirely different existence in the United States. One that is solely unique in its own way. Poverty, education, family, even social media hits us different. We need a collective voice that asserts our needs.
These disparities are ruining our lives and wrecking our dreams. It is stealing and stalling our hard work when we put in the most work. We are ignoring the politics of our own existence and wondering around with the myth of individualism. The myth of "I". Example, If I work hard enough, I can achieve it on MY own. False.
It may the way the system was designed for others. You know, the story of rags to riches. The story of bootstraps and all that. It may have even let a few people of color (when agreeable enough) through. However, is not the way the system was designed for the benefit of the black woman collective (some individuals yes, not the collective). Our needs, our wants are not met in this system. This system was designed with nepotism, elitism, racism, albeism, capitalism, at its core. The agenda reminds ourselves and puts the world on notice of a focus. In it, we conduct yourselves accordingly, not necessarily aligned, but accordingly.
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