The Washington Post Tries to Figure Out Black Women
[Editor’s note: Trying to define women, much less women of color, is a perilous task. First off, you risk perpetuating the same stupid stereotypes you’re hoping to avoid. Or at best coming off narrow and superficial. Nonetheless, this week The Washington Post took up the task with a series on black women. And while Akiba Solomon at Colorlines applauds the effort, she has plenty of issues with the results--Mona]
When faced with earnest but confusing efforts like the Washington Post/Kaiser Family Foundation’s survey and interviews with 800 black women, I find myself getting all Etta James, righteously nasty. Frankly, I’m sick of using my brain cells and laptop-worn vision to parse out the latest examination of the rare species Blackus Womanamina Americanus.
But I owe you more than sarcasm here. So let me lay out how this two-part series is framed.