This monthâ€™s Book Club read is Eloquent Rage by Brittany Cooper. Itâ€™s an incredibly thought-provoking look at Cooperâ€™s experience growing up as a Black women in the US. The book focuses on the intersectionality of being both Black and a woman.
Cooper describes the very specific â€œmundane magicâ€ it takes to be a Black mother â€œmaking a way out of no way.â€ She argues â€œthe unfair part is that folks are far more concerned with policing how Black women carry the baggage than with reducing the load hoisted upon us in the first place.â€
This is a fitting quote for Motherâ€™s Day, a day normally reserved for treating your mom nice for all the nice things mom does for her family throughout the year.Â But Cooper is asking for a deeper consideration and reflection into both the sacrifice and the blatant disregard for that sacrifice.
Let us acknowledge and consider the sacrifice of motherhood, and in particular, BIPOC motherhood.