If you came across an article that described a group of people as the most educated, fastest growing entrepreneurs, least to experience declining life expectancy, sent astronauts to space, what would you think of them??
An overwhelming sense of being proud should have came over you. “Wow they’re amazing” “Wow these people are great”. Many positive stereotypes should have popped up, correct?
Those titles above belong to black women. Black women have been studied and shown to be the most educated, black women have been studied and shown to be the fastest growing entrepreneur group, black women are the least to experience declining life expectancy, and black women sent astronauts to the moon (Hidden Figures movie reference), so why are black women still so marginalized in society then? So condemned? So discriminated against?
From people of our own race telling us “Black women make us look bad”, to white and non-black people mouthing racist things like “Black women are so ghetto”.
All of these articles and studies showcasing the progression black women from all types of backgrounds are making and all people can say is:
Why are black women so loud
Why do black women wear their hair like this
Why are black women so ratchet
Why are black women so this, why are black women so that.
Why are we still at the bottom of everyone’s totem Pole? If any other group had those achievements while fighting off various forms of adversity (racism, sexism, anti-blackness, misogynoir, other forms of discrimination) they’d be sat on the highest pedestal and showered with gold rose pedals every time they walked out of the door.
It’s not fair, what does it take for people to not berate on black women? If us making those types of strides doesn’t reshape people’s racist minds about us, then I don’t think anything will.
So I ask, if people read those titles and immediately thought positively then why don’t you do those things day in and day out when you think of, come in contact with or look at black women?