— Anonymous (via beautiful-ambition)
"Boxed In VII – The Wait"
29 ½” x 21 ¼”
Charcoal on Gessoed Paper
This speaks to me.
— Bette Porter (via bettekinney)
The crime in this episode was so interesting
Sasha Alexander, ladies and gentlemen
"We are all, everyone in this room, so fortunate."
Acknowledging privilege and finding ways to use your privilege to help others is so important.
Corinne Bailey Rae | Claudia Janke
angie harmon on the talk / 25.02.14
We have become our own enemies. As melodramatic and hyperbolic as this statement may first appear, this woman’s reaction to my decision to include a black woman with a cigarette held between tinted lips, a crop-top riding up her abdomen and shorts hitched up high on her thighs is telling. The image is one we are well accustomed to. It is constantly shown on the media, be it in music videos or on reality television. It is a dominant image that follows black women – clinging to their heels like a shadow, changing shape and size depending on the context, but impossible to shake off.
A study published in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology in 2010 offered the thesis that black women are socially invisible. The study had two conclusions: first, black women are more likely than black men or white men and white women to go unnoticed by others in a group or social situation; second, comments made by black women are more likely to go unheard when made to a largely white audience. Both experiments also highlighted that for many of the participants, black women are seen as relatively interchangeable. This means that as black women, dealing with the double burden of race and gender, we have to fight twice as hard to stand out and have our individual and unique voices heard.
What this should highlight is the fact that our enemy is not the black woman performing her own version of black female sexuality, but rather the system that denies a place for our own narrative in the media. One image is chosen among many, and is used to perpetuate a stereotype that then goes on to affect an entire group. In this way, the stereotyping of all members of a group based on a selection of assumed negative characteristics becomes a characteristic of the manner in which racism operates.
You should read this, whomever you are. I don’t even have any commentary to add to this piece.
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