Intersecting Jeopardy

A homeless woman from Scottsdale, Arizona named Shanesha Taylor lost her kids to Child Protective Services because she was desperate to get a job she had been offered.  Seriously. When Shanesha Taylor:

“got asked to come in for a job interview last Thursday, she must have been excited by the prospect. But when you’re homeless, there isn’t always an easy way to take an hour off from watching your kids to be at an interview. That’s how Taylor, 35, wound up losing her children to Child Protective Service — and losing out on the potential job. Taylor was charged with two felony counts of child abuse for leaving her six-month-old and two-year-old in a car with the windows cracked last Thursday for at least 45 minutes as she sat in an interview for a potential job.”

Was she wrong to leave the kids in the car? Yes. Was the bystander who saw them right to call the cops? Yes. Were the cops and CPS a bunch of heartless taint-maggots for not looking at context and cutting this woman some slack? Yes. Were the potential employers who didn’t hire her a pack of asshats for not giving her the job on the spot since she was clearly MOTIVATED to be the hardest working employee they ever had? Hell, yes.

My heart breaks for her.

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Why didn’t she get someone to watch her kids instead of leaving them in the car? Aren’t there programs to watch kids in these kinds of situations? Har. Even without the massive budget cuts there would be a waiting list a mile long and only a narrow window to interview for the job. This poor woman was doing the best she could, trying so hard to get a job and not be a “taker”, but no one would cut her even an iota of slack.

When third wave feminists talk about “intersections”, this is what we mean. Shanesha Taylor got screwed over as a woman, as a black person, and as a homeless person. She was caught, God help her because America sure won’t, at the intersection of gender, ethnicity, wealth, and power. She was the “wrong” gender, ethnicity, and socioeconomic level to get any mercy from the patriarchy. She was screwed 6 ways to Sunday. Thus, a bunch of twatwaffles ripped her babies from her arms, like she wasn’t a “real” mother who loved them, and took them away because she was as disenfranchised as she could get.

Gee, when has this happened to black women with no power before?

Jesus wept.


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