Ida B. Wells 2 Essay

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The Success of Ida B. Wells “One had better die fighting against injustice than die like a dog or a rat in a trap.” - Ida B. Wells Ida B. Wells was an important figure in Black American History. She was born a slave in Mississippi in 1862. Wells was able to gain an education and, later, became a journalist for various Negro papers. Through her writing, she was able to attack issues dealing with discrimination against African-American people. Ida B. Wells became an international activist for African-American rights when she informed the English people about lynching in America. She became a well-known…show more content…
Black men respected and honored her work in the advancement of African-Americans, instead of envying a woman for accomplishing these essential tasks before a male exhibited her achievements. Black men, unlike Whites of the time, were able to see past Wells’ sex and support the work that she accomplished for all African-Americans. Another aspect of this time period which proved to be advantageous for Wells was the fact that she was female. White America was not nearly as threatened by Black females as the prejudiced fear Whites experienced of Black men. Whites perceived Black men to be carnal, exceedingly virile 3 and dangerous to the White society. More successful Black men were lynched than successful Black women. Black women were not seen as a direct threat of the power roles in society, therefore Wells was able to take many more risks than any African-American male in her efforts to end the lynchings and discrimination of Blacks. White males also devalued Ida B. Wells’ work, because she was female. White men found it difficult to believe that a woman could accomplish very much, because of the way they perceived women to be inferior beings. These prejudiced thoughts actually helped Wells by giving her more space for progress in her fight to end discrimination of African-Americans.
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