“We Are the Granddaughters of the Witches You Couldn’t Burn”
“We Are the Granddaughters of the Witches You Couldn’t Burn”. The quote became most popular in 2017 as a feminist slogan after it went viral during the women’s march in the US.
Feminists have played a monumental role in US presidential elections and in 2020, continue to play bigger and bigger roles as the movement grows. MSmagazine made the bold claim in August that feminists could be the deciding group in the elections.
Joe Biden and Kamala Harris’ win of both the electoral and popular vote in the US presidential elections seemingly cementing this claim.
Many publications have gone on to highlight the accomplishments of Vice President Kamala Harris as another win for women in America and the world.
When sworn in, Kamala Harris would be the First Female Vice President of the United States, the first Black and Asian Vice president of the United States and not the last as she says.
It is a quote which sheds light on the 50-year persecution from 1580 of witches across Europe and the Americas and even more recently across the world.
A worldwide campaign which is often weaponized to target and persecute women who dare to be different or brilliant while evil men like Adolf Hitler are celebrated at the peak of their violence. It is an irony which causes Eve, a controversial feminist character in, The Wretched Billionaire, to observe (86):
“Men, in the togas of priests, prophets and princes, created two name tags, bitches and witches, as excuses for beheading millions of talented women…And what do you call men who leave sorrow, tears and blood in their trails? Patriots and heroes.”
Although today, the persecution of witches in Europe and the Americas is abolished, the persecution across many African communities lingers. These rhetorics ignore the ample linguistic evidence that women labelled as “witches” are often healers, wise women, and experts in predictive arts. These are women interested in pharmacology and narcotic substances in nature or women who challenge the pigeon holes assigned to them by society.
The prevailing witchcraft persecution in Africa is society’s continued punishment of brilliant freethinking women and a manifestation of a world that thrives to subjugate the female gender.
And maybe in 2020, a win by Kamala Harris as Vice President of one of the greatest nations in the world will ripple across the continents and turn the tide to favour the incredible minds of these “alleged” witches.
Such a victory giving credit to the quote “We Are the Granddaughters of the Witches You Couldn’t Burn”
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