The Urgency of Intersectionality

In this Ted Talk, Kimberlé Crenshaw brings attention to the issue of African American women experiencing double discrimination because of their gender and race. However, this often goes unrecognized because there is no frame to discuss this. Due to the problem not being acknowledged, it is often dismissed which leads to “multiple levels of social injustice”. We often hear in the media of African American men being killed by the police. However, the cases of African American women who have lost their lives due to police violence are often ignored.

“Why wasn’t the real unfairness law’s refusal to protect African-American women simply because their experiences weren’t exactly the same as white women and African-American men? Rather than broadening the frame to include African-American women, the court simply tossed their case completely out of court.”

“If we can’t see a problem, we can’t fix a problem. Together, we’ve come together to bear witness to these women’s lost lives. But the time now is to move from mourning and grief to action and transformation. This is something that we can do. It’s up to us.” -Kimberlé Crenshaw

A video worth watching to spread awareness of the oppression African American women face here in America and encourage people to speak up and take action.

 

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One thought on “The Urgency of Intersectionality

  1. Need to come together as a species and acknowledge that race is just another characteristic of an individual like brown eyes or red hair. Otherwise we’re doomed to destroy ourselves.

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