If quality-of-life offenses were no longer criminalized, there would be a drastic decrease in the number of people in jail, which could ultimately shut down the jail itself.
The presence of these women on a national stage helps challenge the racist myth of careless Black mothers.
When people who are not Black women and femmes continue to ignore this type of violence, they are perpetuating the notion that Black women and femmes’ safety, wellbeing, and existence isn’t valued.
Last week on the Today Show, a nightmare for naturalistas everywhere became a reality for Malyia McNaughton.
Nia Green is a 16-year-old girl whose mother beat her after finding pictures on Facebook of the teen and her boyfriend wearing only towels. The beating was livestreamed to Facebook and went viral. This is an open letter dedicated to her, from one Black girl to another.
The first step for me was being honest about the traumas that I’d experienced, not only with myself, but with my partner and trusted friends.
If you Google body positive, most of the images show white folks — even the cartoons. When spreading the message of body positivity, we have to be sure that we are including the voices of people of color. As a fat Black woman, this piece for me is very important. When fighting against body terrorism and oppression, we have to address racism and its impact on people’s self-esteem and body image.
It’s hard not to feel hopeless when thinking about the countless others around the world who are experiencing deep and murderous oppression while also living in our own oppression at the same time.
Photo Credit: Charles Krupa/Associated Press At some point last year, I made a conscious…
here are so many stereotypes and societal expectations surrounding beauty and intelligence – expectations that make people believe that a beautiful person cannot be intelligent and that intelligent people aren’t attractive. Growing up, because I was a straight-A student, no one expected me to wear stylish clothes or be attractive in general.
I was a fat, dark-skinned black girl with a kinky hair texture, and if I weren’t smart, I wouldn’t have had much going for me in the eyes of most folks. I felt like the whole world was telling me that, because my body was neither desired nor wanted, my only contribution to society could be through my academic successes.