Since footage of her confrontation with Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin emerged online, US politician Maxine Waters has made waves on social media. In the steamy confrontation that ensued, congresswoman Waters continued to query Mr. Mnuchin, “reclaiming her time”, as he (Mnuchin) fumbled to answer why he’d failed to respond to a letter the committee had sent him. The latter resigned to showering the Congresswoman with compliments but that did little to avert her query.
Maxine Waters is widely known as an Iron lady in American politics, and not only that, her influence extends beyond politics. Apart from her numerous works in social activism, the Congresswoman played an active role in lobbying for the release of anti-apartheid revolutionary and first President of South Africa, Nelson Mandela.
In this uncertain times when race relations are at an all-time low in the US and Europe, it is necessary for women like Maxine Waters to continue speaking up when others are sworn to silence. Women form an important part of our social fabric, and when the female gender hold their own in the face of adversity and inequality in our society, the younger generation are inspired to excel.
Black Girls Rock! has, over the years recognised and appreciated black talent and this continues to inspire the younger generation of black women to excel in their areas of endeavour. As always, black America didn’t disappoint at this year’s awards ceremony. The sense of solidarity was overwhelming and many prominent male black entertainers proved their worth by turning up to honour their Black Queens.
Receiving the Social Humanitarian Award, Maxine Waters said: “To Beverly Bond, the founder of Black Girls Rock and Deborah Lee the Chairman and CEO of BET, I’m extremely grateful for the recognition that I’m receiving this evening but I want you to know that if it was not for the love and respect shown to me by black women those right-wing alt right haters in this country…they would have me believe that I’m too black, I’m too confrontational, I’m too tough and I’m too disrespectful of them. But now I know I’m simply a strong black woman.”
With this, Congresswoman Waters drew cheers from the audience and got a standing over. She ended her speech with a line that many who have followed her clash with Mr. Mnuchin would be too familiar with. She said: “I know that you are as inspired as I am this evening. I want you to know that I said and I said over and over again ‘reclaiming my time’”.