The Stereotypes Of The Black Women By Harris Perry 's Book And Islamic Women

969 Words Dec 15th, 2016 4 Pages
Considering the recent presidential election, the idea of changing one’s hair to fit the paradigms of society coincides with Muslim women’s struggle with wearing their hijabs in the modern world. Similar to Harris-Perry’s idea that stereotyping makes black women conform to the “crooked room,” the fear of being shipped away has women, Muslim Americans questioning whether they should continue wearing their hijabs. Both, the black women in Harris-Perry’s book and Islamic women are perpetually in a state of hesitance to display their outer appearances in fear of being ridiculed by white America. While she wrote this work before the election, many of her ideas are still prevalent within the confines of the modern world. Analogously, whereas Du Bois’ concepts were created decades before the 2016 presidential election, they are still a crucial part in African Americans’ struggle with identity.
Du Bois’ concept of the veil can be compared to Alicia Keys recent decision to no longer wear makeup or change her hair. She made this decision to express her true self and to feel powerful again. Just as Keys was thrown into the world of entertainment where people’s judgment and bias thrived, the African American community was constantly under the disparaging eye of white America. Alicia Keys developed her own sense of Du Bois’ veil because she developed into a chameleon, “never fully being who [she] was, but constantly changing so all the ‘they’s’ would accept [her].” Keys was discouraged…

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