A conversation with Black women: Representation in politics: Part 1

ABC News' Deborah Roberts leads a conversation with Yvette Simpson, Dr. Leah Wright-Rigueur and Angela Yee about the importance of Black female representation in politics.
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Good evening it is great to have you with us here on ABC news line for a moment that. You need feel special and particularly relevant right now a conversation. Amongst black women. Or has my sisters used to say the sister girls that yes. So what is this all about what we invited a small group of women from varied backgrounds an interest. To just let it all hang out to join in a conversation about. All kinds of subjects they're waiting on our minds tending in our hearts and in some case a stir in us into action. Over the next hour we are going to touch on hot topics much like the ones you may be having at home with your friends are on Zune calls with family. Such as what does it mean for us to now have one of our own propelled to the executive Britain which. What can we do about this stunning reality that we're living in right now this pandemic a large number of women and particularly black women. Have been pushed out of the workforce and with so many jarring than life changes and we've been talking event that already at this table just this last year alone. How do you holding up emotionally and where do we go from here. While joining me to wade through all these subjects and we don't know we have enough time to go through mile an hour but but his shot. ABC news contributor and that Simpson and doctor Leah right bigger. Are with this and also radio host and Julie you know are you hear her voice on a regular basis so ladies welcome. Alice great city Aaron my good to see what we all got started before we even got. Which is so great I just begin by asking you all the same question I ask everybody my mother used to always say heightened Hannity. How you deal. How Murray do anything. You know it innings Rio. I am so glad that we are being given grace in this season and we were talking earlier about culled its bread if you will that you know that he might not not a mud and residency is heating up. But you know we're navigating I think it's a tough time you know I think black women are in general expected to hold up the world and in times when the world is upside down our job just this that much harder and so I think this year has really caused neat. I think to take the time to reflect to figure out how wide exists in this space and also to talk about self care and how I make sure. That you know particularly in years like this when it's really really hitting you that you take that time. To really make sure you're gonna put the mask on yourself. Do you feel exhausted I mean sometimes there are days I wake up and I feel pretty spry coffee helps a lot but do you feel exhausted. Still I am exhausted and I think and I am having babies so that's 1 reason why am I connective another level of exhaustion although. I have to say the heels of pregnant tremendous amount of Chile Ridley got in just very fortunate in being able to have. A child and have this new blessing that's being brought into my life but the burden I think. Like with arming caring whispered in. Our of this pandemic. And carrying it in ways and I think there unseen and we don't have the normal schools that we usually rely on securing these burdens and one of the things that I talked about like in my my husband and I talk about all the time is that. Are our children and my new baby has not met. My friends he's a met his Montes he hasn't met his uncle's he has and that his great grandmother who is turning a hundred years old this year. And so it's a lot to deal with and I mean I think we come have come up with coping mechanisms certainly like all of us have these different ways that we approach the problem. But the reality is that there's going to be so much to pay. Once we're through this if freaking get through this certainly we adapts to play it is so lot. And we have we can't forget that black people have been hit very hard by this in your family antelope a lot of you've seen a lot of illness and grief and difficulty. Yes tough because you make those high decisions you wanna see a family member is my grandmother was steak and some of my uncle and aunt went to go see Harry and then ended up getting Kobe's. You know my grandmother passed away my uncle passed away. And so that happened within the same week anti biggest test because funerals are also highest ranking have never west if you at dinner Alonso in the foyer. So it says those decisions of where you know you really want to see people you've but then you also went to bsc as you possibly can. And say you have to make those really tough decisions and think about that outcomes in Los unknown sometimes it's but agreed to get and how do you explain that to your kids it's not easy. Wright is Stephanie not easy well a lot going on of course around us pandemic clay. But we've also seen a lot of change in other ways in Washington and you've been participated in the political process how. What about seeing Connell Harris and KC a woman of color raising her hand what was that moment like for you all when you saw her being sworn in. I track president I didn't think gala guest on motion not I was busting in and I study crying and I that I can't even crying like I didn't anticipate that. But it did its great like I thought about and now she was paying Imus says shyly tis. With what she will act that it's a huge accomplishment that I know people that have daughters I like this is big from my daughter is but this is his big fat as like. You would never read that you receive a day I never that we have a black president and then to have a black woman vice president viewed I never would have even pitch at and is set to. You stand and she represented. Black women. I'm South Asian women didn't matter and on that she's in multi racial woman and her husband happens to be why did then matter at all you know I've seen one it mattered allot some issues multi dimensional and no it means a lot to our agents sisters that she also represents many she does that thought and thickly. You know I think the fact that her husband is Jewish I think is a really important conversation my husband is YE. You know and so we've navigated those waters as well the fact that we can seen. That represented as well you know that kind of love represented that reminds me a lot of my husband and dissing him care for her and take care of her. And the way he he heads and also to know that she's a black woman that he's got to get murdered. I can't act like yeah. I think that's important I think it's time for that to be represented a for us to have the conversations. They we haven't had an I have a lot of solidarity with my Asian American sisters who are also as proud. Her and I am in and the fact that she has that kind of support. And that will feel little brown and black girls neat little white girl yeah. See themselves and know that they can be anything they wanna be to me matters so mine and I'm half black and at Asia and sound. I really like and really I detonated at a spread of its allies to sell almost you know. You can really relate well when we talk about black women and we talked about the burden but also some of the strengths and we've seen not only with the vice president but. Black women delivered Georgia essentially get black women. Changed the course of congress ran. So I think there a couple of things you know during inaugurations one of the things that's denounce me wasn't just comma here isn't you know madam vice president. But also seeing Michelle Obama knew we don't know that Michelle Obama let alone live inhaler. And hanging onto an act that outfit but the whole like the last couple of years has all been all about Michelle Obama. Taking her power and asserting her prominence in her influence. On a national stage and we are reminded of that you know the second that she walked in. And not just like her whole aesthetic and her whole look in her hopes style but just that confident that attitudes. Jim Snyder when she came out it I can't live in the Solomon like she she in a lot of ways you know and you can't steal the show certainly frown commonly hairs but. Stole the show not a nine to ration day. And I think it's also a reminder too that. In a moment where we've been thinking a lot about I've been thinking for the last week is a lot about how do black women. Get their voices heard how to they make their voices their power known him for soul along we've been the backbone. Of American politics in this country may we have done everything we've always shown up in shout out but not always been acknowledged but not always been a knowledge in here comes a slew of black women. In the past couple of years in aren't just talking Stacey Abrams although certainly Stacey Abrams is unit chief among them but like simulate what Kosta Browne and from black voters matter like. They have shown us. How to get that power in the house or how pressed to heat cover voices heard how pressed to be passed a central part. Of the conversation in ways that actually results. In things like happening lately policies programs initiatives like no more of this can mean the country on our back and now we want to being knowledge and now we're finding being. And can we talk about Amanda Gorman. I mean she added to the needy you know there are only got me you can he is the wine home I don't I mean it when I saw her. They you know in her story is that she actually had this speech impediment right it'll recurring. I even know that when I first herders and easily do even knowing that she'd overcome that let that baby gave me so much hope having cannot call everybody back and they can't tell. The agency. I don't the god one haven't got my baby and if she represents new hope but mark. Attracting young girls can see themselves in a harder the fact that she has such poisons such. Confidence since she so self assured. Means that hopefully we're doing something right giving you know there wasn't time in this country when you couldn't feel that we as a black woman who couldn't stand up there and not be worried about how you're being perceived or not worry about whether the words they're gonna come out right and I think. She just show black excellence black woman excellence black girl magic. All the things we talk about just so eloquently and I'm just so proud of where there's always light if we brave enough to see it.

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