"I am a strong Black woman and I cannot be intimidated, I cannot be undermined," Democratic Congresswoman Maxine Waters declared on MSNBC last night. "Don't allow these right-wing talking heads, these dishonorable people to intimidate or scare you. Be what you are, do what you do, and let us get on with discussing the real issues of this country."
This message, especially at a time when sexual predators and bigots are running this country, undoubtedly resonated with women of color across the country. Waters' speech followed yesterday's rude and racist remarks fired at her and American Urban Radio Networks reporter April D. Ryan. Recall what happened below.
And here's what Ryan, a veteran White House reporter, had to endure from Trump press secretary Sean Spicer.
There was an uproar about Ryan's and Waters' treatment on social media. Even Hillary Clinton stuck up for the two women:
What Rep. Waters and Ryan endured yesterday isn't uncommon for minority women and other marginalized groups. Their treatment inspired the #BlackWomenAtWork hashtag yesterday evening—and it's disturbingly relatable.
#BlackWomenAtWork consistently put in more hours/yr than white women all across the wage distribution https://t.co/unbzg5QrAR pic.twitter.com/f8V5IVFy1W
— Valerie R Wilson (@ValerieRWilson) March 29, 2017
Listen to Black women, minority women, and LGBTQ+ folks. And take action.