Time and again we see how deftly a Black man’s innocence can be distorted into one that paints him as the perpetual flawed character prone to criminality – one deserving of the brutality committed against him
Stereotypical manlike association of Black women is an enduring and pervasive assault on many Black women’s image that dates back to the antebellum period.
I love this quote. The notion that Black women should step back so that Black men can rise […]
I have never ‘truly’ felt the kind of terror that lived in my belly and would not go […]
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.
“Who taught you to hate the texture of your hair?
Who taught you to hate the color of skin,
to such extent that you bleach your skin to get like white man?”
“Who taught you to hate yourself
from the top of your head to the soles of your feet?
Who taught you to hate your own kind?” Malcolm X
Expanding the research about Black women unique, inter-sectional struggles from the point of power than oppression provides a more comprehensive and accurate view of understanding the fundamental questions, who is the Black woman, and what is her story?
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.
“You have to learn to get up from the table when love is no longer being served,”
– Nina Simone
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.