Ever read a book that made you reevaluate your life because of the factual information it discussed? Black women! Melissa- Harris Perry’s thought-provoking book CAREFULLY weeds out the problem with Black women and their issues of trying to fit into a society that labels us as second-class citizens. Harris-Perry makes claim that our experiences in society has a DIRECT correlation in politics.
At first, I was a bit apprehensive in reading a book that compared my experiences (as a Black woman) to the political system, but every detail and argument was super right in the evaluation of Black women trying to readjust in a “crooked room” (you will understand once you read). Each chapter showed real-life events that occurred in a 5-year span that depicted Black women being victimized or scrutinized, and how those events also linked backed to these “second class citizens”. Things like the “Mammy”, “Jezebel”, and “Strong Black Woman” stereotypes are also discussed, arguing that ALL labels are simply a way to gain recognition in a place where Black women are silenced.
It is interesting to have a book that helps you understand the adversities that are faced from Melissa Harris-Perry, who is a Black women. It allows you to think differently and critically about the conversations that are talked about in your daily life, along with incidents and scenarios that happens on the news and even in your surroundings.
I don’t want to give the book away too much, but this book set the tone for understanding history, contemporary issues, and the problems we face, as Black women if we don’t dissect the many issues that follow. Feeding into stereotypes, or even trying to steer away from stereotypes will both be detrimental to Black women in America.
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