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Black Women Often Ignored by Social Justice Movements

July 14, 2020

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U-M Department of Communication and Media doctoral candidate Stewart Coles discusses a new study that found that Black women are often not advocated for in regard to anti-racist and feminist movements; Black women were not seen as “typical women” and were more closely associated with Black men. Coles found this “intersectional invisibility” as a contributing factor to the marginalization of Black women as they face a combination of both racial and sexual discrimination. Coles explores this U-M study in-depth, finding that the underdifferentiation of Black women from Black men helps explain why Black women face similar racial disparities concerning traffic stops and arrests while anti-racist movements focus on the relationship between Black men and police brutality.

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