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Black Women Suffering In White America
Transcript of Black Women Suffering In White America
Exploitation of the black women happened immediately after the slave owners received their slaves. In the 17th century many female slaves were the object of severe sexual exploitation; often times carrying the children of their white masters. Black women were prohibited from defending themselves against any type of abuse. If a slave attempted to defend herself she was often subjected to further beatings from either the master or even the mistress. The black female, woman or child was forced into sexual relationships for the white slave masters pleasure and profit, attempting to keep the slave population growing by his own doing. The black women was ripped of her rights and her dignity. Turning Black females agianst eachother
After slave owners had children with black women there was a huge separation between the light skinned female and the darker skinned female. The light skinned female was restricted to the house while the darker skinned females were restricted to outside only. This causing tension between both black females. The slave owners made sure they made the darker skinned females feel inferior to the lighter ones. Causing the self esteem they did have to reach an all time low. The Black Women Comfortable as A slave
As time passed the black women continued to look for a place in society where she was comfortable. Since the black man was over worked it was no way the black man and black women could have a real time together. So the black women found a safe place in taking care of everyone. Taking care of the salve owners children and wives. They became submissive to everything. Feeling that they had no real opinion. The black woman was lost. The representation of the black women is born
Archetypes- means type cast for characters. In the early 18th century many archetypes of the black women was formed. There was The Jezebel- which was over sexual black women, Mammy- asexual/ overweight, maid or caretaker, Sapphire- free spirited, since of self, Lastly there was the Welfare Queen. These archetypes are earlier version of the stereotypes we see in today's society. Ever since slavery began the white man has always voiced his opinion of what the black women truly is. Triple Consciousness
Triple consciousness comes from Anna Julia Cooper. She is a black feminist that has wrote many books and essay's on the uplifting of black women. Triple consciousness comes from the idea that African American women have three identities they tend to struggle with. The three identities are that their black, women, and american. Black women have to struggle with three different prefaces of themselves. It is bad alone the black women struggles because she is a women but on top of that she also is struggling with the fact that she is a Black American Women. America Today
In today's society the black women is in a different position than she was during slavery. Still, this does not mean that African American women are totally free. America has made it very hard for black women to succeed. America has done this by depicting black women negatively in hip-hop, by treating black women inhumane for centuries, and lastly making them the most oppressed people. The top videos of today's hip hop are indeed degrading women. From Juicy J, bandz a make her dance. To 2 Chainzs Birthday song. These songs are listened to by both men and women, and no one seems to have a problem with the way women are depicted in these videos. It would be easy to say that these men degrade women because its how they make their money but by the continously doing this, it shows that black men have no respect for the black women. For the women in the Hip-Hop culture who do try to represent black women in a positive way it is really hard. It is easier for a women of today's world to talk about her sexuality, than her goals in life. America has made it so hard for the black women to express herself in a respectful manner. In her book Pimps Up, Ho's Down, Tracy D. Sharpley-Whiting pulls at the threads of the intricately knotted issues surrounding young black women and hip hop culture. She explores this new and problematic politics of gender. In this book, Tracy who is a member of the hip hop generation, interrogates the complexities of young black women's engagement with a culture that is masculinist, misogynistic, and frequently mystifying. All these factors have been the reasons as to why it is so hard for the black women in America. Black women have been the foot stools to white men and women, and also black men.