Essay on Black Women : The Black Woman

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As Malcolm X once said, “The most disrespected person in America is the black woman. The most unprotected person in America is the black woman. The most neglected person in America is the Black woman.” Black women in American history have been seen and treated as less than in many aspects of society. Being a woman in this world is already hard on its own, but being a black woman turns all odds against you in greater society especially in the United States. Black women in the United States have had to face and overcome double oppression, racism and sexism. Black women have dealt with oppression in many different ways in American history whether it’s stemming from slavery and the inhumane treatment they faced for over 200 years to the major wage gap issue black women are still confronting today. From the time slaves have landed in America, black women have been given the shorter end of the stick and the fight for equality is one that black women fight everyday in this country.
In order to understand the oppression black women face today, we must understand the past and where it all began. Slavery in America was the birthplace of oppression for black people, more specifically women. Women in slavery were subjected to cruel and inhumane treatment beyond belief especially in terms of sexual abuse by their masters, which often resulted in pregnancy. The most infamous case of this is Thomas Jefferson’s slave Sally Hemming’s who Jefferson had a long-term sexual relationship…

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