If there were ever a time to read books that celebrate Black girls and women, we are living in it. For a long time, Black women have been shouldering hatred from all sides. In a speech given in Los Angeles in May of 1962, Malcolm X said that the most disrespected, unprotected, and neglected person in America is the Black woman.
Black girls are hypersexualized and perceived as older than their white counterparts. Our schools criminalize and more frequently suspend Black girls than any other gender or race. Adults see Black girls as difficult and disrespectful, resulting in treatment that denies them childhood.
Furthermore, this continues into adulthood, where the angry Black woman stereotype runs rampant. Black women receive disproportionately subpar healthcare. They are more vulnerable to abuse. Black women, especial trans women, are more frequent victims of assault and murder.
Undoubtedly, this disregard of Black women has been exemplified in the recent cases of Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, and Breonna Taylor. Months after his death…