"The most disrespected person in America is the Black woman, the most unprotected person in America is the Black woman. The most neglected person in America is the Black woman."- Malcolm X
A black man acknowledging that the two factors which make you the biggest victim of society is being female, and being black. This is where the two types of discrimination merges into one problem. Let us begin with the law of the land. A doctrine which is to be fair and just. There are many cases which highlight that there are laws protecting women (only to an extent) and laws to protect anyone discriminated against for their race, BUT there is no law that combines the two. This is a very serious problem. If the law cannot make a black female safe, then is there any hope? The idea that a black woman could not combine two statutory remedies to create a new ‘super-remedy’ seems to deny the basic rights of an individual. This implies that the boundaries of sex and race discrimination doctrine are defined respectively by white women’s and black men’s experiences. For this reason, black women can only be protected when their issue coincides with one of these two categories, and as a result cannot always expect or rely on protection from the law.
Those points were just the law. So imagine what happens in the real world, in society and everyday life.
It is sad that when people speak out for example ‘black lives matter’ there will always be a group of people trying to dismiss it by saying ‘all lives matter’. YES all lives matter but at the moment it is black lives that are being taken and we need to bring awareness to this issue. People also have a problem with the ‘protection’ they receive from the law as minorities (even though we have already established that these laws do little to nothing) can be seen as unfair or like an extra ‘shield’ that many don’t have the privilege of having. “It is unfair that a minority gets laws that protect their dignity”, “it is unfair that we as a majority have to tread lightly around these subjects and feel as though we cannot be completely comfortable in fright of being called a racist or sexist”. These points are valid and the fact that it jeopardises the comfort of the majority is a nuisance, yes. People will also challenge the idea of, if we, as a human race strive for equality, then why do some have safeguards of law protecting them and not others. An answer for this is that society has forced the idea that not all lives matter, it has forced the law to act in a way to protect the less privileged. Instead of victimising yourself for being a majority, ask yourself if watching what you say is worth bringing awareness to the disrespect and violation other groups experience. The answer should be YES.
Black doesn’t sell. Black as a colour of clothing is ever so stylish and slimming, but for a model… Of course there are a few famous black models but they are often fetishised and treated as a trophy to show their diversity without jeopardising the number of their Caucasian models. Chanel Iman told the times last year that designers have rejected her from shows because they already have ‘a black girl’ which shows the nature of the problem exactly.
If you go to a drugstore and look at the darker shades of foundation you will see, or rather not see a lot. They might go to a dark shade but the number of colours and tones will be very disappointing. Yet another thing making black women feel more isolated in society.
That brings us to lingerie. Lingerie is for everyone. Any shape, size, colour, religion, sexuality and that is something I’m passionate about. I felt lingerie was perfect for everyone to feel included. It’s amazing what pretty fabric wrapped around bare skin can do to create positivity. Women deserve to feel empowered especially those who feel the most isolated, in this case black women.