Unemployment and underemployment are common in predominantly segregated black communities. Crime rates and incarceration are high, so is a lack of quality education and equal employment opportunities. Black people on a broad scale are stereotyped as lazy, intellectually inferior, criminalized and ranked on the lowest ethnic hierarchy in society despite one’s achievement. This is a minuscule list of the plethora of destructive stereotypes that has marked the lived experiences of a segment of the black population in the United States. A solid case can be established that the devastating history of blacks in America has contributed to continued systematic racial discrimination.
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.