The Song Four Women By Nina Simone Essay

1371 Words Nov 16th, 2015 null Page
Black womanhood continues to be as important as feminism. Black women have been treated wrong for some time now, they have been raped, beaten on, barely able to work, but still manages to be just as resilient as everyone else. Women, in general, are not being treated as an equal, but for a black woman it is even worse. Maya Angelou once said “as far as I knew white women were never lonely, except in books. White men adored them, Black men desired them and Black women worked for them.” The song “Four Women” by Nina Simone demonstrates how four black women from different times were being categorized and struggling with a sense of belonging, acceptance, and ownership. Nina Simone showed how women were treated during slavery and the after effect slavery had on people. Opening, a young woman in the song is named Saffronia she is mixed. She says “she does belong” she knows she belongs to two worlds, but it is more about being accepted. She has long hair and is described as yellow. The year is 1966,a year where people are still pugnacious with separation. Saffronia knows she fits in both worlds, but which world will accept her the way she is. Even though she classifies as black and caucasian the majority of people are only seeing her as being a black woman, but the black race does not classify her as a black woman they classify her as being a shade closer to white. Nina Simone writes about Saffronia to show how women of the mixed race were treated. Her hair is extremely…

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