Sheryl Sandberg and others want to see us ban the word “bossy” when talking about girls. But for many Black women, being called “bossy” and being bossy have the potential to save and change our lives.
Self-love can help build the confidence that I and other Black women need when facing a medical industry that often doesn’t understand us.
Lupita Nyong’o, an actress who recently won an Oscar for her supporting role as “Patsey” in 12 Years a Slave, spoke about the intersection of race and beauty at Essence‘s Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon on February 27. As Lily Rothman notes in TIME, “it’s worth noting that Nyong’o’s story about Alek Wek is a reminder of one important consequence of a lack of diversity in Hollywood and in the fashion world …Though diversity studies tend to concentrate on numbers and percentages, personal anecdotes like the one Nyong’o related remind us that it does matter to viewers that they see themselves represented in the media.”
As a matter of movement-building, the repeated refusal to recognize Black women for the electoral force that we are leaves us feeling disconnected. National organizations rely on us to deliver reproductive rights victories, but rarely give us credit for doing so.
As long as stereotypes and racism get in the way of diagnosis and treatment, young women and women of color will continue to receive substandard care.
In an interview with Jane Velez-Mitchell of HLN, Grey’s Anatomy star Jesse Williams weighs in on the importance of the Michael Dunn trial. Williams explains how the “fantasy of what the Black body does and can do has become more important than the reality,” and that Black people are paying for it with their lives.
What is often lost in Black History Month are the contributions of Black women and the present-day concerns of all Black people in the United States.
While reproductive justice is inclusive of men and families, what would happen if Black males were more consciously integrated into this framework?
Like so many before it, the outcome of the trial of Michael Dunn for the murder of Jordan Davis reveals how deeply ingrained racism is in this country. Somehow, some way, this must end, and it is up to each of us to end it.