12: Respectability Politics are a Lie

On this episode, Yvette and Cynthia discuss the potential end of the Temporary Protected Status program, break down respectability politics, and analyze the case Goldberg v. Kelly. They note the erasure of Central Americans, reject respectability politics, applaud the Supreme Court for determining that welfare benefits are a form of private property, and examine the importance of due process.

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Current Event: Executive Action on TPS

Here’s an article from Aljazeera that’s helpful: “Hondurans in US live in limbo amid TPS uncertainty” by Nidia Bautista.

This is USCIS’ official page on Temporary Protected Status, which includes a brief overview of the program, eligibility, countries designated for TPS, and a link to the press release on Acting Secretary Elaine Duke’s Announcement on Nicaragua and Honduras.

Also an informative read: “Black immigrants call on Congress to extend Temporary Protected Status” by Esther Yu Hsi Lee on ThinkProgress.


Deep Thoughts: Respectability Politics

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A great example of respectability politics at work.
  • Here’s a link to the book that’s credited with first articulating the term: Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham’s Righteous Discontent: The Women’s Movement in the Black Baptist Church, 1880-1920.
  • Here’s the transcript to Bill Cosby’s speech at the NAACP 50th Anniversary commemoration of Brown vs. Board of Education.
  • An Op-Ed in the LA Times that discusses how respectability politics can get embedded into policy: “Respectability politics won’t save us from police violence” by Jamil Smith.
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Respectability politics is a trap for WOC, particularly black women, in regards to “professional clothing” as demonstrated by the controversy over Patrice Brown’s dress.

Case: Goldberg v. Kelly

Here’s information on the case, including a link to the decision.


Recommendations

  • Yvette recommended Netflix’s How to Survive a Plague.
  • Cynthia recommended checking out the Reads page on our website!

 

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