Numerous studies have been dedicated to the black race. The human race has been described to have its roots in Africa but the black race has been subject to various forms of injustice. On this regard, the essay focuses on how black feminism, Africana womanish and black women studies provide valuable information when Africana studies are concerned.
To begin with, the term black feminism can also be referred to as African American feminism, womanism or black American feminism and is used to refer to the struggles encountered by black women through various liberalization groups all with the aim of having her voice heard. The underlying factor in is the antislavery and the equality rights that most black women are deprived of. Furthermore, these women groups advocate for social, economic and political equality.
All the studies aimed at bringing to light all the information and the truth about the black race because numerous studies have ghettoized this community. Therefore, the contribution of these to Africana studies is that they try to describe some of the following: presentation of an alternative explanation either at the present or the future regarding the African American women lived experiences; commitment in the fight against various discrimination factors such as race gender, sexual orientation and ethnicity; the recognition of the struggle of the black race particularly from a woman’s perspective; promotion of the empowerment of the black race particularly to the black woman through voice, visibility and self-definition; the belief in independence of thought and action. All these studies have been made possible by the relentless approach by the black community as they continue to pursue the collective approach for social change, transforming society and oneself through the fight against oppression.
The black woman has been regarded as an equal among the other women races such as whites, Hispanics, etc. but many women studies have erased the black woman. Some movements that indicated the extent of racism included the nascent women studies movement that ignored and in particular made the black woman invisible. The movements are particularly regarded as the foundation for the civil rights movements which were experienced during the 1950s and 1970s but it is during this period that the African American woman experienced the highest levels of sexism (Julia, 2012). All these studies were focused on the white, heterosexual woman and it is in this regard that white feminists are thought to have conceived the idea that addressing all the concerns of the diverse races would automatically uplift everyone. As a response to these studies, the black women spoke out against all these white supremacists but were met with hostility and resulted in the name women of color. Contrary, these studies nowadays enable the white women to understand and identify with the black people.
The black race, particularly the black woman, has been subject to various forms of injustice. All these have evolved over time resulting in numerous civil rights movements. Only studies have enabled the racist faction to identify with the struggles and the journey of the black community.
Julia, A. (2012, May 20). Black women’s studies: from theory to transformative practice.