After years of inattention, in the past month, the mainstream media has suddenly turned its eye toward black women. And the resulting coverage, filtered through a pretty jaundiced lens, is enough to make me wish the world had never "discovered" us. Here are the messages we've heard: 1). Men don't want us. 2). We don't have any money. 3). We're fat and unhealthy.
That about sums up the popular media narrative about African-American women. Over at the Atlantic, Ta-Nehisi Coates writes, "Living as a black male is much easier than listening to other people talk about how hard it is to live as a black male." Indeed, the sad portrait of black womanhood painted by the media bears no resemblance to my lived experience as a black woman. Nor does it reflect the realities of the black women I know. As is often the case when the dominant culture speaks of people of color, we are defined not by the whole of our lives, but by our challenges. Read more...
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I'll be back tomorrow with a post about the urban fantasy literary genre and a review of Ardeur, a new book that analyzes Laurell K. Hamilton's popular Anita Blake series.