White men have the privilege of not having to actively think about their intersections of race and gender, which is starkly different from black women’s realities.
White men navigate society with relative ease while black women are teetering on the precarious margins of race and gender that they do not have the privilege to ignore.
Don’t ask us “Why do black people like or do _____?
” You can’t expect one person to know all things black culture.
Once, I was at a bar with friends when two white men approached me.
So in order to combat the harmful stereotypying of our people, try to compliment us without the caveat! It’s assumed that that everyone belonging to that group thinks and behaves the same way, but that is never – – the case.
When getting to know a black woman, don’t ask them to be the authority on black culture.
Intersectionality would help because it’s an understanding that a person’s experiences are shaped by their gender, race, physical ability, and socioeconomic class, to name a few factors.
In other words, you should be looking at the to any of these, then you should take a step back to reevaluate.