When Chickenheads Come Home to Roast: A Hip-Hop Feminist Breaks It Down examines feminism in the black community based on the author and journalist Joan Morgan’s experiences and perceptions of sexism and racism of black women. The author talks about the stereotyped labeling and fear of being called a feminist. Several questions are raised such as: what is a strong black woman, why black men are endangered and what are the effects of hip-hop music lyrics on black women? Feminism is challenged in regard to male reproductive rights and equality. The unfamiliar dialogue is opened between professional women and the “chickenhead” concerning their relationship with black men.
The Watermelon Woman tells a story of black lesbian (Cheryl) who experience many social struggles to complete a documentary on a black actress of the 1930s and 40s—mammy. Cheryl examines the interplay of race, gender, sexuality and class by making a connection between the norms of the past as well as the present. Meaning, she makes a connection between the mammy figure and black women of the 21century, whose identity have been built around Hollywood's racial stereotypes of black women. For example, there is a scene where Cheryl wears a mammy look-alike handkerchief, while lip syncing to mammy lines from Plantation Memories, then she takes it off
In the poem “ What it is like to be a black girl”, Patrica Smith uses metaphorical language to show us how young black girls are being judge in society based on stereotypes . It’s describing how she wants to change and become like other people in the racial society because she’s having a hard time accepting who she is. In the beginning of “What it’s like to be a black girl” it gives you a view of a young black girl who doesn’t feel accepted in society. It emphasis the fact that many young black girls want the world to accept them for who they are.
The Transformation of Eugenia Phelan In the book, “The Help,” by Kathryn Stockett, Miss Skeeter, also known as Eugenia Phelan, faces discrimination many times due to her own morals and ideologies secondary to the violence and hatred for African Americans in Jackson, Mississippi. Eugenia has a special set of morals and ideologies due to her own upbringing and due to her close relationship with her childhood maid, Constantine. Eugenia’s close relationship sparks inclusive and equality based morals which clash with Jackson’s Jim crow laws, which legalized segregation and criminalized inter-racial relationships beyond employee and employer associations.
The novel “To Kill A Mockingbird” was written in 1960 by Harper Lee in the point of view of a young innocent girl named Scout. One of the main messages that Lee has (need a new word than – indicated or set out) is racism, it plays an important role which strongly impacts many character’s lives unfairly and changes the relationship between two. Harper Lee’s “To Kill A Mockingbird” shows that it is wrong to hurt someone who does no harm to you, for example, black people are innocent but no way did they have as many rights as white people did. Black people lived hard lives because society was judgemental, irrational and most importantly, racist. As Scout and Jem grow older they learn to cope, take responsibility and are introduced to new aspects of life, one of which is racism.
Ntozaki Shange not only changed but challenge the norm of traditional theatre, but as well as addressing gender and race issues that was still much present in society, as well controversial results. All eyes on Ntozaki and the play that received so much attention was For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/ When The Rainbow Is Enuf. This play was intended to speaking towards women of color all while offering guidance for black women. During my firs initial reading of Ntozaki’s for colored girls who have considered suicide I didn’t think much of the book just another assignment I needed to to in order to move on to the next course. As such I couldn 't fully wrap my head around on the book and the meaning she could’ve thrown into the book.
“We have to talk about liberating minds as well as liberating society” (“Famous Angela Davis quotes - We have to talk about ….). Angela Davis no longer accepted the philosophies or ideas she could not modify within others, but worked to change the beliefs she could no longer accept. Davis aimed for her voice to be heard, so that her perspectives would perceive and taken into account by society. Davis is best known as a profound African-American educator, extremist for civil rights, and other advocate of other social issues. She realized about racial prejudice from her experiences with discrimination growing up in Birmingham, Alabama.
While Zora Neale Hurston associates race with identity in her essay, “How it Feels to Be Colored Me,” Gloria Anzaldúa similarly relates language to identity as well in her essay, “How to Tame a Wild Tongue.” In Hurston’s situation, because she’s black, she is forced to succumb to society’s views and standards on African Americans; growing up, she never realized her race was treated differently until she moved to a new town. Segregation was occurring at the time, and throughout her essay, she comes to terms with the realization that being black is a part of her identity. Correspondingly, Anzaldúa realizes that her language is also a part of her identity when she is forced to forfeit her native tongue to accommodate English speakers rather than them having them accommodate her. Although both authors have gone through
In 1990, feminist and sociologist Patricia Hill Collins developed her theory of intersectionality. Intersection theory proposes that the effects of gender, race, class, and sexual orientation, among other characteristics, can not be separated in order to be fully understood (OpenStax College 239). African-American women especially have had difficulty in addressing the social problems they faced, having been left disenfranchised or outright excluded from both a patriarchal civil rights movement and overlooked by mainstream feminist movements. While the black feminist movement, and later womanism, gained traction in the second half of the twentieth century and continues to this day, issues related to intersectionality have been a key issue for
“The ways in which the characters in Lorraine Hansberry’s play, A raisin in the sun, are affected by racial imbalances and respond to the injustices engendered by such inequities are solely influenced by their gender.” I agree with this statement to an extent. Although it is correct that gender plays a big role in this play, there are other factors to consider. Context:
“I am more than just a BLACK WOMEN” The way African American women are judged is starting to become ridiculous and the list of the names that these women are being called is steady growing. I decided to focus on what is going on in the world today that has happened in the past. Out of all of the women that exist in the world African American women are the targets of American. It is hard to even walk in a store without being labeled as “ghetto, ratchet, a baby mama, gold diggers, or angry.”
Combahee River Collective organization emphasized the theme oppression or injustice, especially in the Black feminism. According to the Combahee Collective organization, “The fact that racial politics and indeed racism are pervasive factors in our lives did not allow us, and still does not allow most black women, to look more deeply into our own experiences and define those things that make our lives what they are and our oppression specific to us”, it can be inferred that, oppression wasn’t just a new issue, but it was effecting the lives of the black women even from the beginning. Talking about oppression, Combahee River Collective specifically
In the first chapter of Beverly Tatum’s, “Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?”, And Other Conversations About Race, the author immediately clarifies that racism is not a thing of the past. People in today’s society are merely raised with racial concepts at such a young age that they do not realize the injustice going on around them. She reinforces her statement by showing an example of a group of preschoolers who were told to draw a picture of a Native American. Most of the children didn’t even know what a Native American was, but after being told to draw an Indian, complied. Recurring elements in all of their drawings were feathers, along with a violent weapon, such as a knife.
The way in which society targets femininity is written about by both Julia Sereno and Janet Mock, and the fact that this theme is present in both of the writings produced by trans women shows its importance when discussing trans-female identity (Mock 147, Serano 42). To specify, similar concepts about femininity are posed by both Serano and Mock in their writings. Serano, in an instance when she is talking about media productions of trans women, Serano explicates, “The media neutralizes the potential threat of trans femininities rose to the category of ‘woman’ by playing to the audience’s subconscious belief that femininity itself it artificial… In fact, it’s the assumption that femininity is inherently ‘contrived,’ ‘frivolous,’ and ‘manipulative
Correspondingly to figurative language, Lee also uses diction is to imply a message about racism and justice in Maycomb County. The "inflexible and time regarded code" of society was that, while, white individuals could utilize and even endeavor African-Americans, there could be no individual relationship between African-Americans and whites and no acknowledgment that African-Americans had the same responses and emotions as white individuals. Furthermore, there was an obnoxious assumption "that all Blacks lie, that all Blacks are essentially indecent creatures". “Despite the fact that Calpurnia is a female, Aunt Alexandra neglects her great work as a result of her race” (Lee p.129). The Court trial is described by Lee with strong diction in