In order to justify the atrocities they meted out to black men, women and children, the human rights violators who powered the slave trade convinced themselves that black people were durable…willing and physically capable of handling the abuse they faced.
Unfortunately, this idea did not die with the trade’s demise and made its way into present day where people of African descent are deemed to be “stronger” or more durable than the white counterparts. The sum of this idea has deadly consequences.
Now find out why Taraji P. Henson hopes to make a change.
When asked about the “strong black woman” trope, she told ‘Essence‘:
The concept that black women are “stronger” has to been used to justify violence against them as well harm them negatively when they seek medical attention.
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