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Even in influential scholars have generalized about Black women.
One of the most unnerving discourses on social media, however, involves gendered racism–especially the gendered racism that reifies stereotypes about Black women.
I’ve seen gendered racism perpetuated with Black American Muslim men and women bashing each other on social media.
What makes it even more troubling is that a number of non-Black Muslims have chimed in on the discussion to either challenge or reify stereotypes.
[dropcap size=small]W[/dropcap]hile all Muslim women face intense backlash when challenging authority, Black Muslim women’s intersecting identities make them even more vulnerable to marginalization when they speak up.
Black Muslim women’s Islamic values are called into question as they are depicted as being more loyal to feminism than to Islam, more loyal to Blackness than to the universal ummah, and more loyal to feminism than to Blackness.
The problem is the attitude they feel they get from Black women in this country. As a Black professional I find dealing with many professional African American women to be a pain because of the 10 pound chip on their shoulders. Sadly, a number of Black Muslim men express negative attitudes towards Black Muslim women for being “too independent,” bossy, and in power struggles.
I was talking to a group of lawyers, Black and white, they all agreed on one thing: There was nothing worse than having to deal with a Black female judge in the courtroom. The annoying neck rolling sass, which is more refined with the addition of university degrees basically turns EVERYONE OFF. Black Muslim women have not yet been able to overcome negative racial stereotypes.She is a shrill nagger with irrational states of anger and indignation — prone to being mean-spirited and abusive.Although African American men are her primary targets, she has venom for anyone who insults or disrespects her.The tropes are harmful in that they effect how our girls grow up to see themselves.Two racial tropes shape the discourse on Black womanhood in the Black Muslim community, the sexually promiscuous Jezebel and the emasculating Sapphire.Many of them lack the context to understand the history of how Black men and women have been pitted against each other.