No work on Bell. Hooks would be complete without talking about stereotypes. And in this case, we’re going to talk about stereotypes of black women and how they impact our real lives. I think this is something that covid showed us. That there are social discrepancies, social distances, social differences, and social inequality has a real impact on people’s lives. And this is from black people’s Salvation. Black people in love 2001 again and again,
With your students of all colors described black women. They saw the streets as unsmiling and rigid when we would later examine the details of black women’s lives, which document the reality that many of us live in poverty or do low-paying jobs without access to health care. That we are likely to be single for much of our adult life is the three leading causes of death for women: heart disease, breast cancer, and lung cancer. We are disproportionately at risk and morgue likely to die if we have
Have these illnesses and that we are daily—the victims of unacknowledged, verbal and physical assault in both streets. And in our homes, they understood the reasons for black females. The black females do not appear open and playful after examining this actor. After examining these facts, students would often say, what do black women have to smile about, given we live in a racist,
Sexist, classist Society has been so unrelenting in black women’s lives since adversity. Great, many black females are losing faith. When I met with young black girls who were already profoundly cynical about their fate in this Society, I was reminded of the reality that hatred of black Womanhood is ever present in this culture and Gathering added momentum. The young field, it painful assault before, they have established a sense of
Self is a strong sense of self to ward off this thread again. And again, I’m reminded that as racial integration removed barriers that once forbade contact and connection, invisible, unspoken bearers were put up in their place. In my adult life, I rarely heard a white person Express his contempt and disdain for black Womanhood, but I see it in the images. White people create Hollywood television. We see it in the images that white people,
38, I see it in how young white women treat black women; they have been hired as nannies that help at times. Their interaction is like a scene from the Antebellum South. And I saw this when I first went to New York City, walking from the upper west side to the village and passing through Midtown. And I saw all these women of color walking around in the middle of the day. And I was like, wow, this must be an integrated neighborhood. And then, the friend I was walking with when she was, like, looking at the babies.
It’s all the babies white. I was like, oh crap. These are all nannies. No wonder the black girls can sit and tell me that no one sees them as desirable if they grow up in segregated black communities with dark skin. Schools did not doubt their value as profoundly as girls did in integrated environments or segregated spaces for black people. Controlled representations. Sorry in segregated spaces. Black people. Controlled representations, yet we do not project.
Images of ourselves that were constantly self-hating and ugly, like we see today, for black girls to have a chance to build healthy self-esteem and an integrated colonizing environment. Like we have here, oppositional strategies and places must promote decolonization. That means that even in the classroom, especially in our professional spaces, we are mindful of being respectful of Black Womanhood. We know that there are microaggressions out there that we met in
Advertently commit and erase someone’s reality, fail to listen to someone’s perspective, and wipe over it. And saying, I know because, you know, my experience is the reality and the only reality without accepting that is the distance from the so-called Center, the norm can create barriers to access to all kinds of things, including skills jobs, we go on and on and on and on, and so we know that even.
In the context of a color code, beauty is in the realm of Womanhood. And so when you add race, beauty, and gender, you get this tyranny of beauty that tyrannizes, which is Bell hooks’ word. She talks about this in almost all of her work because so much of it is about black women and women in black Womanhood, unsurprisingly. She is a biker.
Woman. But she’s also taking the time to create many of her works that speak directly to black women. And so you hear her use we In this passage here. So speaking, as a black woman herself, though class empowered, she always wants to acknowledge her working class and poor roots just as I do. And I have, like, literally here. This is why my grandmother picked cotton growing up. And so I do feel that.
It’s vital that in our homes, especially where I’ll close with ants on me, we have to make our homes. In her essay, we have to develop an oppositional gaze as she speaks about Black looks. Oppositional Gates, we have to develop that and cultivate that. And make sure that in our households, there is a space of not only tolerance of black Womanhood or even acceptance of black Womanhood. But
Open explicit respect for black Womanhood. Now the impact on the back. Black masculinity will have a ripple effect, but I beg you, please look into your hearts and minds. Look into your souls to create spaces of dialogue around you about black Womanhood; ask your friends and family. What is your concept of black Womanhood? And how can we both be explicit about that and therefore use that as a way of
Of reflecting because we are, as she says. So often constantly bombarded with hateful images of black Womanhood’s need. I say I’d go look up fair States, Jim Crow Museum, the sapphire exhibit,
Need I say more?