"If" Black Women Were White Women

“We’re still dealing with racism. Discrimination still exists. We’re still fighting, but it’s a different struggle. It’s more subtle, but it’s still there.” -Yvonne Bunch

I don’t read the blog, but I found this piece exceptionally interesting. It asks, “What if suddenly, instantly, the power of white femininity were transferred to black women?” And answers,

“The answer is clear: Black women would represent value, purity; and based on their natural traits would be worthy of protection and instantly become the objects of universal desire. White women would represent the opposite.”

The piece then goes on to describe what the world would be like under that condition. I found the whole thing fascinating, but several parts were especially interesting. The perception of hair in society is one that speaks to me. The author states,

“Straight, blond hair would be considered “wild and unruly” because when the wind blew, it did not stay in place. Women with naturally straight hair would hide their “unruly” and “wild” stick-straight hair in public. The desire for “lightweight hair” that defied gravity would permanently end the use of blow dryers. Keeping one’s natural blond hair wild and straight would become indicative of a political statement.”

The perception of asses is also an interesting point, “

Men would proclaim that white women deserve sexual objectification because “flat buttocks” allow for deeper penetration. In ghettos across America, men would stand on street corners and yell “Damn! You got a flat ass!” to remind white women of their sexual status in society.”

Racism doesn’t just show up wearing a white hood and burning a cross. Often times it is much more subtle but equally devastating.

The piece does seem to reference studies which the author doesn’t cite (such as when she says “Statistics would equate the fact that white women make up the majority with their “overpowering” and “strong” population.” and “Statisticians would argue that men were attracted to black women innately because they made up a small percentage of the population. “We tend to value what is rare,” they might say.”) I don’t think it detracts from the message of the piece, but, as a nerd, I would love to read the studies that she’s referencing to see the original content.

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