Stereotypes Of Black Women : Intimate Stories And Intersectional

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Stereotypes are derived from a group of people. They describe how a person or race is perceived. The stereotype of an “angry black woman” is identified by her attitude and her body language. Most African American women are accused of being an “angry black woman” just for expressing their own opinion. This stereotype of the black woman is consistent because it has been around for so long and is constantly being portrayed through the media. Black women are glorified for the accomplishments that they make but the accomplishments are shadowed by the stereotypes placed on them. The African American woman stereotype comes from the prejudice of skin color, the glorification of the Caucasian woman, and the belittling of the black woman’s education and because of this the lives of black women are affected every day.
Black women are prejudged on a daily basis because of the color of their skin. Amy C. Wilkins explains the internal and external effects of this prejudgment in “Becoming Black Women: Intimate Stories and Intersectional” when she says:
“"Controlling images" inflict narrow cultural images on black women. Depicted as matriarchs, mammies, welfare mothers, and jezebels, controlling images portray black women as sexually other: either uncontrollably sexual or abnormally asexual and emasculating. These images provide ideological justification for persistent racial oppression by masking the structural arrangements that maintain racial inequality, pinning responsibility instead…

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