Confronting Stereotypes of the Black Woman

Monday, 02 January 2012 06:00 By Blanche Richardson and Melissa HarrisPerry, National Radio Project | Radio Interview
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Confronting Stereotypes of the Black Woman

Author and professor Melissa Harris-Perry. (Photo: Ove Overmyer)

Since the days of slavery, the African-American woman has been subjected to stereotypes: the mammy, the angry black female and the hyper-sexual woman. These stereotypes continue to this day and permeate thru pop culture.

On this edition, author and political science professor Melissa Harris-Perry speaks about the stereotypes black women face, its impacts on their identity and how it has limited the ways in which society views them as true “citizens.”

Special Thanks to KPFA for the audio.

Melissa HarrisPerry

Melissa Harris-Perry is a professor of political science at Tulane University, where she is founding director of the Anna Julia Cooper Project on Gender, Race, and Politics in the South. She is also the author of  Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America. She is a columnist for The Nation magazine and a contributor to MSNBC, and other media outlets.

Blanche Richardson

Blanche Richardson heads the 40-year-old Marcus Book Stores in San Francisco and Oakland, California, and is an editor, author and anthologist.

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