African American Women's Rights

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The United States of America is a country built off of the hard work of immigrates for become a place of undeniable rights and equality to all people regardless of race, religion, or gender. However, since the beginning years of this nation, African American woman’s rights have been either nonexistent or modified because of the color of their skin. The pigmentation of African American women skin has restricted them to exercise their God-given rights and opportunities presumed by even African American men.
Since the primeval years, women have been the foundation of humanity. Genesis 2:18-22 states:
The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.” Now the Lord God had formed out of the ground
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For years, African American women understood what it is like to be the outcast in society. Throughout history there has been numerous accounts of racism, sexism, and discrimination, but African American women have felt both the difficulties of being a woman and a person of color. African American women have been sexual abused for centuries, birth interracial couples against their will, and witness firsthand their children being sold for forced labor to white men. From the stage of adolescents, African American women are programmed to believe, success can only be achieved if they are twice as good as white women, and in result they still will only get half of what they deserved. Psychology Professor Richard P. Eibach did a study that explained how human’s brains are biased to ignore African American women. When people in general think about “black executives”, they picture black men and when people think of “female executives” they think of “white women” (Eibach). His research construe that African America women are not seen as their own category and in result, people’s brains does not incorporate them into any …show more content…
African American women expressed being tired of being, “labeled as angry, load, aggressive, rude and obnoxious.”(Bass) African American women believe that people think, “we are condescending, mean, unprofessional and harsh. Sometimes I feel that a majority of black women feel they can’t be their real selves at work because they will be judged.” (Bass) Dr. Sandra Miles, director of student affairs at Indiana University, constructed a survey of 671 students at predominantly white universities. The survey showed only 9.5% complimented black women as strong and/or hardworking, while the others commented that black women are uneducated, lazy, and was only hired because of affirmative action (Bass). Some of the Caucasian women present comments they felt African American women were, “being less competent, unfriendly, unfair to some students and overdressed or overly concerned about fashion”. Even black men mentioned black women as being, “mean, bossy and ambitious at others’ expense. In the workplace, women in general are stereotyped as being too emotional, white women are seen to be soft and fragile while black women emotions attributed to them are anger and hardness. Other African American women recall being treated differently or not getting a specific job because they wore their natural texture hair. An African American meteorologist named Rhonda Lee was fired

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