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The Foundation, The Inspiration, The Black Women

By: Lamarrius Danley


A post on the resilient and powerful essences of the black women, and their many obstacles. Although the odds have not been in their favor due to patriarchy and white supremacy, they have often if not always laid a path for the world to follow. It is truly amazing to witness the strength of a Black Women.

 

Formal Introduction and Disclaimer

As a Black Man, we must understand that we are the “white men” of the Black community with the favor of privilege. With that level of privilege we must realize that if we are not fighting for the protection, the growth, and the understanding of the those like Black Women or the Black LGBTQ+ so that we will be equal across the varies spectrum of our community, we are just as bad as those we call the oppressor. As I decided to write this post, I must understand that I do not have a right to speak solely on Black Women’s experiences, and because of this, I have taken the time to talk to Black Women to get a better understanding of what it means to be one. Each of those Women will be mentioned as you read. As Jeannisa Glover, an incoming freshman legal communications major, speech pathology minor from South Flordia, said, “I feel that in education, Black Women are often overlooked and seen as inferior to their peers. It’s already hard being Black and trying to prove you’re are just as good but being a Black Women adds to that challenge”, we must understand that the treatment of Black Women has to stop, but It starts with a change in Black Men. Warning: This post is very long, yet it is essential to read, and I hope you do.

Can She feel?

As a double minority, Black Women suffer the likes of patriarchy and white supremacy, from three social hierarchies: Societies Hierarchy with white men being on top, The Black communities Hierarchy with cis-gendered Black Men on top, and The Women hierarchy with White Women on top. All of which Black Women are at the bottom. As you can see, before this blog starts, Black Women are hit from all sides with the likes of oppression and the efforts to both belittle and hinder their voices of social and systematic change for the liberation of Black Women; often pushing the concept of Black Women protection aside for the holistic approach on racism Black Men and the community face as a whole. Along with this, I have noticed that people in today’s society try to tell Black Women how to be Black Women. It is unfair and protrudes to the notion that Black Women need guidance to be “accepted.” In this section, I will review a few damaging stereotypes of Black Women that have been passed down from the fruit of the slavery tree. Warning: The images that follow under each subheading are posted to give a perspective of how Americans and the world viewed Black Women.

“The Mammy”

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In 1940, Gone With the Wind was released, and with that release came to the notion of a reevaluation of Black Women, a reimage that painted Black Women as the Great Bearer of All Burdens, who would not only bear these burdens but live to do so. As Nylah, an incoming psychology major on a Pre Law Track at Howard University, said, “The whole Black Women trope are so harmful to us (a reference to Black Women). It allows us to be seen as people who can take anything and don’t need to be protected causing us to only be able to protect ourselves”, we can see that the “mammy” stereotype still manages today. Along with this stereotype, it became an expectation that Black Women were not capable of mental illness or things of that nature. Instead, they were inhuman when it came to emotion and saddening expression. Thus decrease the seriousness and emergency of supporting and protecting Black Women Mental Health.

“The Sapphire”

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From the early periods of the 1900s, there was a notion of the sapphire that portrayed Black Women as aggressive, assertive, and sassy individuals who were emasculating and condensing to those in their inner family circle. Sometimes it would extend to a dominating factor as to “humiliating” the Black Man, which was viewed as humorous to white audiences who watched shows like Amos and Andy. This stereotype may seem foreign by the name, but it is non-other than the modern-day “Angry Black Women” stereotype. Consequently, this connotation allows one to disregards a Black Women’s message of change from her passion into issues of negative assertiveness that one takes as a joke. It is seen over and over again in society from Mrs. Obama to Serena Williams.

“The Jezebel”

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The Jezebel was often the title given to enslaved Black Women by slave owners as the labeled those women as sexually aggressive and promiscuous. Because of the lack of understanding of Africa’s culture with individual freedoms like semi-nude women, White men began using racist views of lewd and over-sexualization of these women to be sexually manipulative, to justify their future enslavement and rape. It is reflective to the concept of “she must want because she dressed, looked, and acted a certain way” which is used today in several incidents to justify rape; however, statistically, Black Women are still not believed to be sexually assaulted at higher rates than other women due to the “Jezebel” image. Still, all women deal with the Jezebel’s notion, but It has impacted the lives of Black Women more. Despite this being awful, this is also the reason why many oversexualize Black girls. So before you began to call Black Women H*, TH ect, you must realize where the sexual exploitation of Black Women started, and do not feed into this issue as so many rappers do today and society. We also saw this with the Anita Hill versus Clarence Thomas, as individuals not only refuse to believe her but also ridiculed her.

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“The Matriarch”/ “The Welfare Queen”