According to the findings of a new study, black women are frequently disregarded by social justice initiatives.
According to a recent study, black women across the United States have been marching on the front lines of protests for decades, demanding justice and equality—but they continue to be ignored by social justice movements.
In a study published by the American Psychological Association, lead researcher Stewart Coles stated that “Black women are often overlooked in people’s conversations about racism and sexism, despite the fact that they face a unique combination of both of these forms of discrimination at the same time.”
These instances of “cross-sectional invisibility” imply that movements that are intended to assist black women may in fact be adding to their marginalization.
A total of 1,000 participants in the United States were polled to determine whether 41 positive or negative stereotypical attributes, such as aggression, violent behavior, or sexual promiscuity were associated with different races or groups. The findings are based on data from the participants, who were asked whether 41 positive or negative stereotypical attributes, such as aggression, violence, ambition, or sexual promiscuity were associated with different races and groups.
The responses of the participants revealed that they consider a “typical woman” to be more similar to a white woman than to a black woman and that black women have more in common with black men than with either white women or males in general.
The study also discovered that prototypes of groupings comprised of members of many races and genders continue to exclude and erase Black women. The fact that feminist and anti-racist movements do not always pay attention to the concerns of Black women is most likely the reason for this.
“According to the study, the operative word in determining how comparable Black women are to other groups is “Black” rather than “woman.”
“As a result, it is possible that movements against anti-Black racism have been criticized for not doing enough to address issues that affect Black women. This is not because people do not necessarily think of Black women as Black people, but because they think of them in the same way they think of Black men, which may explain why movements against anti-Black racism have often been criticized for not doing enough to address issues that affect Black women. The outcome is that Black women’s issues are not taken into consideration when dealing with racism against Black people.
Alexander Bass, a 22-year-old black activist, and artist who works with the Black Lives Matter movement in Georgia concur with the study’s conclusions. Bass is a member of the Black Lives Matter movement.
She claims that black community issues frequently take precedence over black women’s issues, which can be distinct and complex. A number of civil rights movements see black men and women as being in the same boat as they are. Meanwhile, the black community may place greater emphasis on issues of race than on issues of gender or sexuality. As a result, black women feel excluded from feminist movements and marginalized within their own communities.
According to Bass, “injustice against black women impacts the entire community, but we’re often at the bottom of the totem pole.”
Bass cited nationwide demonstrations following the killing of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who was shot and killed by a Minneapolis police officer in late May, as proof. Similarly, Bass remarked that Breonna Taylor, an unarmed black woman who was killed by police in March in Louisville, Kentucky, received far less attention than she deserved.
All of these situations have an impact on my community as a whole, but when it comes to Black women speaking up about injustices and experiences, our voices and our lives are suddenly rendered insignificant.
According to the findings of the study, the exclusion of black women puts them at increased risk of injury.
“Intersectional invisibility suggests that black women’s particular experiences of racism and sexism may be hurt when their experiences are not recognized by bigger movements.”