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Bree Newsome @BreeNewsome
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I frequently say racism is structurally built upon oppression of Black women & I can imagine some being confused by that statement, thinking I'm excluding others, but I'm not. I'm speaking to how racism has been legally & socially structured in America. I'll explain: 1/
Chattel slavery was constructed around laws that legalized the raping of Black women and the selling of their children. Rape of BW was so pervasive that the prevalence of "mixed race" children posed a threat to white supremacy & the slave system. 2/
Were the children of white fathers and enslaved Black mothers slave or free? English law had traditionally held that children inherited status & titles from their fathers. This custom was specifically changed in America to accommodate the growth of slavery 3/
To accommodate the growth & spread of slavery, children would now inherit the status of their mothers. So a child is made a slave because his or her mother is a slave. A Black man is a slave b/c his mother or grandmother is enslaved 4/
In order to justify the rape of BW & the enslavement of their children, gender had to be racialized such that white women were the only ones considered to be fully human women. 5/
Slave society was built upon defending white womanhood (which was also a lie b/c WW were being beaten & raped by WM) while arguing that Black women were incapable of being raped because they weren't fully human 6/
The rigid legal structures of chattel slavery are gone but the cultural norms it established remain in place. Society is organized around a racialized gender binary & hierarchy that mimics slave society: white man is top, Black woman is bottom, everyone else falls in between 7/
This also translates into devaluing anything viewed as being black & feminine including labor traditionally performed by BW such as domestic work 8/
Queer and trans Black women are then subjected to increased violence & oppression for not conforming to the rules of the racialized gender binary 9/
So when I say racism is structurally built upon the oppression of BW, this is what I mean. It doesn't mean that BW are the only oppressed people. I'm describing how racial/gender oppression itself is structured in modern era & the history of how it developed. 10/
Lastly, it's important to recognize that debasing BW is always done in service to white supremacist capitalist patriarchy whether it's the government doing it or the recording industry 👀 11/11
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