Posted by kay on January 21, 2001 at 11:02:05:
In Reply to: OUTRAGE posted by Heather Garrett on October 25, 2000 at 02:03:49:
: I am moved to tears about the story and life and, sadly, the death, of Ruth Ellis. I have known of her and identified with her and aspired in her shadow. In light of this website, however, I don't feel included in her wake. What a brave and inspiring woman--NOT african-american woman. I am a white woman and her story and longevity inspire me. Please, on be half of myself, my wife and ALL lesbian women, don't exclude us, or make Ms. Ellis an icon for african-american lesbians. She stands, in my mind as a heroin and an idoless for ALL lesbians. Let NO race be an issue...we MUST find a unity as lesbians, putting race aside. Ruth Ellis lives on as an example of prosperity and devotion and pride. I admire her life and her being--for whatever that's worth. I don't identify with her in so many senses but a few ring true and I bless her life and her will and acknowledge her contribution to the way things are now that I may live somewhat peaceably and with the confidance of the tracks set before me. Women like Ruth Ellis are the roots for our future and all lesbians, regardless of race, should feel proud and united because of her and wonderful women like her to come.
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