Black Women Should Not Be Treated With Human Decency Essay

1226 Words Dec 8th, 2016 5 Pages
Throughout this semester, the class learned about horrifying injustices brought upon black women during slavery. Black women’s bodies were not their own and could be used at anytime by the white slave masters. Furthermore, even after the abolition of slavery black women continued to suffer at the hands of white men. While they were physically free under the law, white men continued to rape and abuse black women because of the perpetual mentality that white community was better than the black. This gave white men the chance to justify their continuous brutality against black women. The disturbing reality in the past and present is that individuals within modern society believe black women do not deserve to be treated with human decency just because they have more melanin in their genetic makeup. Along with unfair treatment, the majority of African American women are labeled under a variety of stereotypes created by white America such as: overtly sexual, irrationally angry, or degradingly portrayed as a Mammy. From their immediate loss of identity, after being forced into slavery, to their enduring struggle of identity, having to conform to the standards of white, modern society, black women showcase an everlasting perseverance to survive. Hence, after reading the impactful works, Blues Legacies and Black Feminism by Angela Y. Davis and Sister Citizen by Melissa V. Harris-Perry, the political and social struggles black women face on a daily basis become tremendously…

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