Thinking about the issues I will address in this blog I’m getting the ball rolling with certain women’s issues I have always wanted to address. But reading my peers’ ideas in class the other day made me think about addressing issues that I see occur in front of me daily. There is just so much to choose from; granted I know I want to focus on women due to the fact that I am a female and understand that perspective on a much higher level than I do males; however within women’s issues there are still several different spheres.
Sitting in my gender studies class the other day we got to talking about race and I started to look around the room and came to the quickly saw that I was the only black student in the class. Of course I was not surprised because I’m used to it, but I in my mind I knew what I had to do; step up and present the perspective of the black female. I originally wanted to focus on women in third-world countries seeing as how I am a foreigner, but the aspect of race cannot be ignored, it’s just right in front of you.
Before I go into the blog I must establish that race is an important factor in day-to-day relationships between people around the world because you can see it. You can see hair texture. You can see eye color. These physical features are just that, physical, and seen by the naked eye; no analysis necessary because what you see is what it is. If this foundation does not sit properly with anyone reading this post, please feel free to add or produce another reason as to why race is so important in our daily lives.
As a black female many readers might think I have the right to talk about racism and gender roles, but that doesn’t mean a white male cannot talk about it. What I am trying to get at is that I want everyone to be able to talk about gender roles in relation to race without worrying about their right (because they are white or of fair skin) to talk about true racism in gender roles.