Black Women Of The Civil Rights Movement Essay

809 Words Nov 5th, 2015 4 Pages
Background/History:
Women of color have always been in a subordinate position in society; due to the patterns of hierarchy, domination, and oppression based on race and gender. This inequality is built into the structure of our society. Inequality, in other words it is structural or socially patterned. In the past inequality often was justified through biology, it was argued that biological traits such as race and gender were relevant. But, this was only relevant because these traits are socially ranked and rewarded based on ones rank.
Since, the mid-1960s to the early 1970s, black women were in a difficult position. Between the civil rights and feminist movements, where did they fit in? They had been the backbone of the civil rights movement, but their contributions were minimized. When black women assembled to the feminist movement, white women discriminated against them and gave little attention to the class issues that seriously affected black women, who also tended to be poor.
Black women are plagued with this type of double-jeopardy problem they cannot win on either side. In short, Black women were marginalized and openly discriminated against in both movements, and they were finding it impossible to build solidarity with those who were also acting as their oppressors. All too often, “black” is equated with black men and "woman" is equated with white women; and the end result of this is that that black women are an “invisible” group whose existence and needs were and…

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