I found it very difficult to put the book down. It is a book I have already recommended to others especially the women in my life. It was amazing to know the amount of abuse and killings on girls and the struggle for gender equality around the world. By reading these stories we learn that women are not the problem but the solution. I believe this is not only true for the women’s stories in this book, but true for all women.
Many still face injustices of racism even in today’s world, where major inhumane actions such as slavery are largely a thing of the past. I interpret Margaret Walker’s quote in a variety of ways. First, I think she goes out of her way to point out the struggles of many African Americans in an elegant and unique way. The dehumanizing of slavery and segregation is something that I believe has happened many times. It’s easy to study these subjects time and time again and become numb to the fact that real people had to suffer through such conditions.
She discusses the story in a unique way because she changes its point of view; helping the audience gain a new perspective of the issue. “I would rather drudge out my life on a cotton plantation, till the grave opened to give me rest, than to live with an unprincipled master and a jealous mistress” (Jacobs 84). Jacobs’ story speaks out to me because she addresses an audience of people that slavery should have been stopped. She tells a story about how traumatizing the life of an enslaved black female can be. She tries to gain sympathy for what she has been through.
According to Davis, slaves and peasants were perceived and subjected to common stereotypes regarding the color of their skin, the customs many of the enslaved peoples had before they were conquered, and how the elite upper classes and literate people looked down on them as a dehumanized object. To support this theory, he looked into the role that color symbolism and how physical appearance had a large impact on this misconception. (Davis 50, 57) Another sample he looked and discussed was Islamic and Christian geographic expansions and conflicts that led to the creation of the term Racism that is linked to historic events involving slavery. (Davis 54, 60) Winthrop argues that Slavery and Racism was created at the same time. He supports this argument by looking closely at the meaning of the symbolism behind the color black.
The area of life that had the most prodigious effect on the perpetuation of colorism among ethnic minorities is social life. The stories of four authors, and have brought attention to this issue while growing up. Author Carolyn Edgar, a dark-skinned black woman who has suffered the most because of negative surroundings while author Charisse Jones, another dark-skinned woman have mostly dealt with colorism through dating. In addition authors Tuason and Lui, Asian American women have shown us that African Americans are not the only ones who suffer with colorism but other races as well, they both share life stories that have also affected themselves
Effects of the Media on African American Women Being an African American woman I have had firsthand experience on how the media has portrayed both an unconstructive and encouraging image of us. African American Women casted, in too roles to play as characters in the movies as well as on television are more often than not portrayed in an unflattering roles. All women have been stereotyped in one way or another, but African American Women have been stereotyped by other races as well as our own. Now in these recent years we have been breaking down barriers showing everyone that African American Women are not what you think we are we are better. Unfortunately there are a great deal of troublesome images that are being shown about women in the African American community that has absorbed into their psychological mind.
Southern progressives differed from that of northern progressives in some aspects. Southern progressives concentrated on upholding their traditional values and reforming the poor whites while teaching them to respect racial hierarchy.2 The diversity of the city of Columbia, South Carolina residents provides great insight as to how progressivism affected different groups of people in the South. Women everywhere were fighting for progressive rights toward equality, education, and public health. Women were socially and legally inferior to men but still wanted to play their part in the progression of these issues. More women were receiving educations and began to get involved in community and national organizations which brought these women together to fight for their beliefs on human reform.
ntroduction The theme I chose to write about for my paper was race/ethnicity. For the literary works, I will compare and contrast “What It's Like To Be A Black Girl” by Patricia Smith who is African-American and “Child Of The Americas” by Aurora Morales who is Latino. Being born in America, an important fact for both because minorities in the United States have experienced racism and prejudice for years compared to other countries. The stories tell about two young women who are both from different cultures and beliefs. The poems deal with racism ans discrimination.
This poem is an explanation in its finest form of “What it’s like to be a Black Girl (for those of you who aren’t)” by Patricia Smith, it is just that, an explanation. From the beginning of her poem “First of all,” this author gives a sense of a story being told. She uses the jagged sentence structure and the powerful language to show the reader the importance of her topic. Smith’s poem give her audience an insider’s view into a young black girls transition into black woman hood during a time where being a black young girl and a black woman was not very welcoming. Puberty is very hard for both boys and girls biologically their bodies undergo many changes from the age of 8 up until their about 16.