Inequality is something we’ve all witnessed day in and day out, whether it be due to skin colour, race, religion, gender, sexuality and the list goes on. There have been several ongoing movements to aid the inequalities that are being faced as we speak, but now it is truly time to rise up. Sexual harassment and assault have been an ongoing issue in millions of women’s lives for generations and generations. Women of colour have not only faced inequality within racism, but also sexual assault. They are seen as the weaker force, and time is up we need to rise up.
Something we should all wrap our minds around is the fact that feminism isn’t only about white cis abled females. It’s about the inclusion of every single woman. Intersectional feminism, according to USA Today, includes everything from race, class, ethnicity, religion, disabled, sexual orientation and is gender-inclusive.
As stated by the New York Times, Recy Taylor was an African American woman who was the victim of a brutal gang rape in 1944 in Alabama. Recy was raped by six white men on her way home from church. The people who were in charge of indicting these six white men were themselves two white men, who came to the decision of neither indicting them nor charging them for this awful crime they committed. Why is that? This is due to the fact that women of colour are not important in the system. Time is up, we need to rise up.
As stated by the Washington Post, after this rape incident, the N.A.A.C.P. sent a young woman by the name of Rosa Parks to investigate within this case. This incident occurred during the Jim Crow era, and although one of the two men did confess to rape, the jury still refused to indict them and see them as guilty. Why? Because the men were white and superior, of course. Time is up, we need to rise up.
Inequalities faced on the daily by women of colour is outstanding. Who can they trust in this cruel world? With police brutality, sexual assault, and the feeling of never fitting in. Where do they stand? Time is up, we need to rise up.
It’s 2018, yet we still differentiate who’s higher or lower based on the colour of our skins, rather than what we as humans are capable of. We still see women as less than men for no other than reason than simply what we identify ourselves as. Time is up, we need to rise up.
I encourage every single person reading this to think back. Have you ever treated a woman, specifically, a woman of colour differently due to no other reason than just who they are? If you are in this spectrum of people, please take a step back and realize what you are doing is not bettering our future, it actually is taking a huge step back to the success we have been achieving.
Time is up, we need to rise up.