Dear black women

Dear black women,

As I watched the HKonJ march in Raleigh today, I marveled at the impact black women had on the crowd. I see you as the foundation of the moral movement. Your presence, passion, and integrity set a high bar for political activism. You are the difference that needs to be made in 2018.

Twelve years ago, I wrote an essay entitled Dear women, where I appealed to the women of the world to please take over. Today, I’m specifically asking that of black women.

As a white man I’m in no position to make this unreasonable request. All I can do is plead for your continued generosity. North Carolina really needs your help.

Today, 1.1 million black women live in North Carolina, and you are making a big impact. Six of our state’s police chiefs are black women, with scores more on city school boards, city councils, and county commissions. Thirteen black women serve in the General Assembly, with many more running for office this year.

And behind all those black women is an army of voters, more than enough to influence the outcome of our elections this fall.

I understand all black women aren’t the same, yet it seems you have the bond of shared experience. For three centuries, you've been the bedrock of American culture. You've held black families together in the face of unthinkable discrimination. Your strength has been woven throughout the fabric of of our society.

Today I am asking that you bring that strength to bear on this year’s elections.

North Carolina has the opportunity this fall to break the choke hold of Republicans and restore fairness to how our state functions. But that opportunity depends on the power of good, old-fashioned political organizing. Without massive mobilization, the white privilege and greed will continue to spread.

I know it’s presumptuous of me to ask anything of you. Some of you do more in an hour than many men do in their lifetimes. But I don’t know where else to turn. I beg of you. Save us from ourselves, and take charge. Be the force that restores North Carolina in the upcoming elections.

Do what you do best. Advocate for health and safety. Stand for freedom and families. Help us take care of each other.




Each of the four black women in my small circle of friends is a saint. May they and the million women they represent be filled with inspiration and power. May they step up and step forward.

And may men like me have the grace to welcome their leadership


One more comment, and then I'll go away.

Jane (my wife) visited Uganda last year. Her lasting impression of the society and culture was one of strong women holding it all together.

Yes there are men, but the fabric of the country seems dependent on hard-working women They are the community leaders, entrepreneurs, and advocates that make progress possible.