Women & Race

Racism And Prejudice: Why We Have Been Encouraged To Confuse Them.

Reading Time: 8 minutes “We lived, as usual, by ignoring. Ignoring isn’t the same as ignorance, you have to work at it.” Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale. (This was written before the 2020 Black Lives Matter movement, posting it unaltered) One thing you hear over and over again in discussions on race is that everyone can be racist. The acceptance of this fantasy stagnates…

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International Women's Day, Women & Race

Should Black Women Withhold Forgiveness For Injustices Suffered, And How Do They Confront Growing Resentment And Misogynoir?

Reading Time: 7 minutes The oppressors maintain their position and evade their responsibility for their own actions. There is a constant drain of energy which might be better used in redefining ourselves and devising realistic scenarios for altering the present and constructing the future. Audre Lorde, Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches All women are expected to forgive Forgiveness is defined as “the act of forgiving…

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Women & Culture, Women & Race, Women's History

Black History Month Matters (And Five Brilliant Female Black British Trailblazers You Should Know)

Reading Time: 9 minutes “If a race has no history, it has no worthwhile tradition, it becomes a negligible factor in the thought of the world, and it stands in danger of being exterminated.” Carter G. Woodson Black History Month and its origins Black History Month is an annual celebration of the achievements, history and contributions by people of African and Caribbean descent. It originated…

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Women & Culture, Women & Race

So, We Are Seeing More Black People On TV, What’s The Big Deal?

Reading Time: 8 minutes Have you noticed there are more Black faces on our TV screens? Especially on US programmes? On 29th July the BBC aired the documentary; “TV’s Black Renaissance: Reggie Yates in Hollywood”. Presented by Yates himself and Produced and Directed by Yemi Bamiro. Yates is a British actor, television presenter and radio DJ.  The documentary set out to inform the British audience…

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Women & Culture, Women & Race, Women's History

Being Pissed Off As A Woman Is (Still) ACCEPTABLE! Part 2

Reading Time: 7 minutes In part one we uncovered the policing of women’s anger. Discouraged in them while encouraged in men. There is another layer, because the policing of “women’s anger has never been uniform…Black, Latina, and Asian women have faced racist assumptions about their anger”[1]. Race therefore makes anger particularly suspect. The “angry black woman” (ABW) myth expresses this. A triple negative.  Black…

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