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Black women have not been allowed to be both Black and female. Historically, we have had to choose our race over our gender, and we have not had the space to express the challenges we face as women. We have not been able to be truly feminist, for fear that it disregards, or contradicts, our shared Blackness.
We are so worried about the repercussions of discussing our issues with toxic masculinity that we ignore them. So when I saw this piece, I thought maybe, just maybe, that space was being created for Black women to be both Black and female.
But my God, after reading the comments, I realized how far we still have to go. So, let me try to break some things down. When we try to have conversations around white privilege, a few things happen.
First, white people deflect, suggesting that talking about white privilege is separatist because we all have different privileges. Why call out white privilege?
All lives matter, right? Second, they discuss struggles they have had as a white person. Why do I have to carry the burden of privilege? I hear our Black men giving the same excuses as white folks, and that is why this analogy works.
We have all gotten these tired responses when discussing white privilege, and it is frustrating. So, do you see how ironic it is when you give us the same excuses? Give us a break. And Damon made that clear in the beginning of the article.
Our arrest and incarceration rates, our likelihood of dying a violent death, our likelihood of graduating high school and attending college, our employment rates, our average net worth, our likelihood of surviving past We march for you.
However, we will not "give you a break.Dec 20, · Black men are nearly three times as likely to die from police use of force than whites, and Hispanic men are nearly twice as likely, a new study suggests. 2 The statistics are bleak.1 Nationally, graduation rates for Black teens teeter just under 50 percent.
And in many large, urban school districts, more than half of Black males drop out of school. For young black men, this trend is hardly new; even in , they were more likely to live with their parents than with a spouse or girlfriend.
Trump’s support skews heavily white, and many. - White Man’s Happiness in a Black Man’s Misery “I have a dream that one day little black boys and girls will be holding hands with little white boys and girls.” This was a dream of a young man, who was a victim of racism, and that man was known as Martin Luther King Junior.
It’s like a civil war going on with black people, and it’s two sides—there’s black people and there’s niggas, and niggas have got to go Boy, I wish they’d let me join the Ku Klux Klan.
Young black men were nine times more likely than other Americans to be killed by police last year. They were also killed at four times the rate of young white men. 53% of people killed by.