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Contemporary Racism and Intersections: A Look at How Black American Women Experience Race, Class and Gender in a "Post-Racial" Society

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This paper explores the ways U.S. Black women articulate their racial, class, and gender identities, in spite of increasing societal denial of the former's significance to their lives and life chances. As markers of racial, gender, and class equality are present in national discourse and collective memory, equality is presumed, by many, to be a present reality. However, the material inequalities produced by neoliberalism, the War on Drugs, and contemporary socioeconomic/political shifts have detrimentally impacted nonwhites – specifically Black women – disproportionately.

Using interviews with fifteen college-aged Black women, and racial attitude data from the U.S. General Social Survey, I analyze societal expressions of post-racialism as a present reality alongside these women's articulations of strongly raced and gendered life experiences. I hypothesize that their awareness of living in simultaneously raced, classed and gendered bodies will emerge – covertly or overtly – as they discuss it. That is, even in spite of societal subscription to notions of colorblindness, articulations of Black women's subjectivities will shed light on the experience of living inequality in a society that denies its existence.
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Name: 36th Annual National Council for Black Studies
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Cooper, Jasmine. "Contemporary Racism and Intersections: A Look at How Black American Women Experience Race, Class and Gender in a "Post-Racial" Society" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 36th Annual National Council for Black Studies, Sheraton Atlanta Hotel, Atlanta, GA, Mar 07, 2012 <Not Available>. 2014-11-24 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p554697_index.html>

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Cooper, J. K. , 2012-03-07 "Contemporary Racism and Intersections: A Look at How Black American Women Experience Race, Class and Gender in a "Post-Racial" Society" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 36th Annual National Council for Black Studies, Sheraton Atlanta Hotel, Atlanta, GA <Not Available>. 2014-11-24 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p554697_index.html

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Abstract: This paper explores the ways U.S. Black women articulate their racial, class, and gender identities, in spite of increasing societal denial of the former's significance to their lives and life chances. As markers of racial, gender, and class equality are present in national discourse and collective memory, equality is presumed, by many, to be a present reality. However, the material inequalities produced by neoliberalism, the War on Drugs, and contemporary socioeconomic/political shifts have detrimentally impacted nonwhites – specifically Black women – disproportionately.

Using interviews with fifteen college-aged Black women, and racial attitude data from the U.S. General Social Survey, I analyze societal expressions of post-racialism as a present reality alongside these women's articulations of strongly raced and gendered life experiences. I hypothesize that their awareness of living in simultaneously raced, classed and gendered bodies will emerge – covertly or overtly – as they discuss it. That is, even in spite of societal subscription to notions of colorblindness, articulations of Black women's subjectivities will shed light on the experience of living inequality in a society that denies its existence.


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Contemporary Racism and Intersections: A Look at How Black American Women Experience Race, Class and Gender in a "Post-Racial" Society


 
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