My topic for my project is the Racism and Sexism of African American women and how they are portrayed in the media. What I’ve learned from doing this project is that African American women are one of the most disrespected people in today’s society. As an African American woman it is upsetting to know that black women will probably always struggle to stand upright in a society that is determined to see us fail. However, what is even worse is that some black women play into these negative stereotypes that they are labeled under. Acting uncouth on reality television does nothing more then reassure that these negative connotations about all African American women are true when they really aren’t. African American women are much more than what they are portrayed to be in the media. We are vibrant, beautiful, intelligent, and goal oriented. I know this because of my ancestors and the legacies that they left; Sojurner Truth (known for giving speeches which included the famous one entitled Ain’t I a Woman which pointed out equality between men and women). Harriet Tubman (known for the underground railroad which helped to get slaves to freedom, later she worked as a nurse in the civil war), Rosa Parks (the woman who refused to give up her bus seat in 1955 and sparked a movement that lead to the end of segregation), Mary Ann Shadd Cary (teacher/journalist, abolitionist and women’s rights activist lawyer, the second African American woman to graduate from law school). Some of today’s heroines are Maya Angelou, Nikki Giovanni, Oprah Winfrey, and Michelle Obama. These women past and present are the embodiment of what it means to be an African American women. ( I will be distributing my project in a power point, link is below.)
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