Last week, we explored how the way that our society views Black girls as more mature and less innocent than their white peers may allow predators such as R. Kelly to exploit them. Research has shown that Black girls are viewed through a hypersexual lens — and as a result, are less likely to be believed when they report sexual assault. This begs the question: where exactly does this belief stem from, and how can we combat it?
“Interracial Dating Site for Black and White singles”
MOSES: Oversexualization of Black girls, women must stop – Marquette Wire
Harriet Jacobs and her autobiography, The Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl , has become a fixture in courses on American slavery. Black women became founding contributors of what has developed into an entire field devoted to the life and meaning of black girlhood. In many ways, black women and girls are responsible for the recorded history of African American childhood in early America. Lucy Terry Prince produced a record of life as an enslaved girl and woman in Deerfield, Massachusetts, in the eighteenth-century. Prince witnessed an attack on colonists in Deerfield by Native Americans in while in her teenage years.
Blackfishing: The women accused of pretending to be black
Higher education has been transformed in the last quarter of the twentieth century. Students majoring in political science, engineering, art history, and literature find the experience of African Americans relevant to their course of study. Unfortunately, mere exposure to the subject matter does not transform the way Americans, first as students, then as real world actors, understand black historical experiences or interact with people of African descent. Certainly, it takes more than the study of history to foment change in American race relations.
Hope Moses , Opinions Columnist October 20, This graph showcases that Black girls at each of the four age ranges experience adultification at higher rates than white girls in the same age ranges. Graphic via Center on Poverty and Inequality study. Black girls are being deprived of their innocence due to the oversexualization of their existence.