73% of millennials believe we shouldn’t see the colour of people’s skin – as if we have a choice. 70% believe that they have achieved full colour-blindness and don’t see BIPOC any differently to white people. If you don’t see race, you don’t see racism. If you don’t see racism, it will never be solved.
Cultural relativism is the ability to understand a culture on its own terms, making judgements measured by the standards of their culture. Cultural relativism understands that the moral and ethical systems of one culture are different from another. This means that no system is inherently better because each system functions to its own moral standards.
Black women’s race is used to validate men’s objectification of our womanhood. Sexual value is attached to their race and black women are portrayed as lustful temptresses. Pornography, the music industry and the media are largely responsible for the abuse of black women.
During the 19th century, a eugenicist named Francis Galton made pseudo-scientific claims that black men were “savages” with “anatomical differences”. These included their penis and pelvis size. The anatomical differences between black people and white people have long been used to justify the subjugation of black people.
In many situations where enslaved people had resisted their overseers, attempted escape or even fought each other, it was very common for them to be subject to body mutilation. If an enslaved person were ‘lucky’ they would only leave with an ear removed or their flesh cut fairly deep.
Intersectional feminism describes total inclusivity within feminism. This considers the differences in women’s identities and how that can strengthen women’s oppression. Race, ability, class, religion, sexual orientation and more play a huge role in the oppression of women.
What is the difference between racism, prejudice and discrimination? How does each of them work and what are some common examples we can use to examine them in society?