“ The general white community has told us in a million different ways and in no uncertain terms that “God” and “nature” made a mistake when it came to fashioning us and ours…” (1)
Throughout history the black woman has been degraded by every other other social group in society, and there are constantly new excuses created to justify why they are of less importance than everyone else. Evident from the progression of history that white people created to justify the discrimination and abuse because of the guilt and moral conflictions they faced, like in the 19th century claiming biological and innate differences between the races, to the 20th century where it was focused on social opportunities and life experiences to the 21st century where race is a social construct but it is still used as a justification for belittlement and disrespect.
The oppression the black community faced even after Title VII of the Civil Rights Act in 1964 that made it “unlawful to discriminate against any individual with respect to compensation, terms and conditions, or privileges of employment, because of the individuals race, color, religion, sex, or national origin” (2) is still a very prominent thing that even takes form in regards to black men oppressing black woman, proving that people cannot see the goal of equality, they believe oppression is wrong when directed at their group, but when they get to enforce oppression it becomes a different story of power dynamic.
- Abbey Lincoln, “Who Will Revere the Black Woman?” 1966.
- Berkin, Carol , ed. “Women in Twentieth- Century America.” Clio in the Classroom. Ed. Margaret Crocco and Barbara Winslow. N.p.: n.p., n.d. 67. Print.