State lawmakers and anti-choice activists alike have been working to restrict access to abortion services in Louisiana, employing rhetoric and tactics that are seen by some community leaders as exploiting racial fears in Black communities.
Responding to the question “Why aren’t there more women in science,” Neil deGrasse Tyson points out that he’s never been a woman, but he does know what it’s like to pursue a career in a field that defied the expectations of society. “Before we start talking about genetic differences, you’ve got to come up with a system that is equal opportunity. Then we can have that conversation,” he said.
The over-policing and over-criminalization of pregnant women and mothers is becoming a major issue in this country, and the safety of mothers is at stake.
SB 1391 may not target Black women specifically, but history tells us that laws that do not specifically target people of color nevertheless tend to disparately affect people of color.
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.