Black women who dare to embrace themselves as self-loving, prideful, accepting and unapologetic-ally Black – who challenge dominant ideologies that they are dis-empowered figures – who, in asserting themselves as having the right to speak, ask questions and stand against an unjust system – they understand how potent racism can be.

Indeed, many are justifiable angry that Blacks have remained among the poorest, most economically disadvantaged, oppressed population from the slave-era into current times. Studies show that the same slave-era, racist ideologies and systematic structures have rendered the group greatest at risk across the spectrum for illnesses, physical, emotional and psychological abuse, poverty, homelessness, mass incarceration, unemployment, and underemployment – to name a few. These injustices have not only been passed down to this generation, but many can also envision these same chains around the necks and ankles of future generation.

Black women does not fit within the legal classification of either “racism” or “sexism”—but as an amalgamation of both racial discrimination and sexism.  By large, the law considers sexism as an injustice that affects all women (including white women).  Racism, on the other hand, refers to discrimination faced by black people (including male) and other people of color. Crenshaw believes that cultural forms of oppression are interconnected and influenced by the instructional systems of society. Contributing factors of intersectionality include race, gender, class, ability, and ethnicity.