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Native American Mascots

Earlier this year, the American Major League Baseball team, Cleveland Indians, announced they would be dropping the Chief Wahoo logo from their uniforms in 2019 (Waldstein 2018).  The logo, which features a caricature of a man with deep red skin,… Continue Reading →

Poem: Skin Tone

“You’re pretty for a black girl.” Thanks, if you had black skin, you could be beautiful, too. Little brown girl My skin is brown So I never frown Never let anything get me down Always wearing my crown … and… Continue Reading →

The “Asexual Mammy” and the Thin White Male

I conducted a loose Google Image search study for the trope “Asexual Mammy” in 2018, and this was found to be trans-historically true: an emphasis on size, domestication (being in the home), and difference—not only limited to her, but also… Continue Reading →

African American Women: A History of Bodies

  African American women during slavery in the United States of America were multifaceted individuals. They were cooks, child bearers, providers, and activists. During the 18th and 19th century, the lives of African American women changed as they were dehumanized,… Continue Reading →

Colorism: You’re Pretty for a Dark Skinned Girl

  Colorism in the black community, not a new concept, but also not acknowledged as much as it should be. The black community is well versed in racism, but are often oblivious to colorism. Colorism is the prejudicial or preferential… Continue Reading →

Evolution of the Mammy Character

The mammy figure is a black woman that lived to serve a white family, most often living in with the family to cook and take care of the children. This woman is most often depicted to be asexual and have… Continue Reading →

Hypersexualization of Blackness

The memes that I have chosen for this blog post, can be defined as problematic because not only do they hyper-sexualize black women, they also sexualize black men and their relationships with people of other races, black children who are… Continue Reading →

Conflicting Messages of “Ghetto”

“Because when black women do things that are inherently apart of their culture they are shamed for it. While when the same people who are shaming black women appropriate their culture they are praised.” “Some of y’all black women look… Continue Reading →

The Hypersexualized Jezebel

    The hypersexualized jezebel has been, and still continues to be, relevant throughout culture. Stemming from the days of slavery were slave owners took advantage of black women while abusing black men, this continuation of abuse has instilled in… Continue Reading →

Intersections of “Ratchet” and Fatness

This meme is a picture of two black women in lingerie but one has darker skin than the other. On top, it says “Dark skin vs. Light skin, who cares whos winning” and on the bottom, it says the “winner”… Continue Reading →

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