Last week, Psychology Today published a blog article questioning (and disparaging) African American women’s attractiveness. I was removed from their website, but reblogged here. It quickly created controversy, but it also brought out a chorus of supporters, including an accountability petition from Change.org and a student-led protest in the UK calling for the blog’s author, Dr. Satoshi Kanazawa, to be fired.
Forbes.com also published an insightful article saying that in light of our global economy and need to solve problems using collective effort, neither the media nor businesses can afford to shun or disrespect those who are different. I wholeheartedly agree.
The PT article was never about hurt feelings, for me. The author used bad science to promote his agenda. To a larger extent, Dr. Kanazawa subtly questioned whether or not Black women deserved respect, and tried to undermine our social, cultural or economical relevance. With so many anti-Black woman messages in the media (even from Black men), it’s easy to see how the Dr. might have misjudged who he was messin’ with.
The conflict has not died down very quickly. Feminists, academics and business interests have certainly spoken up both for Black women and against this man. So to answer the question: Are Black women relevant? deserving of respect? Yes! The key is for us to see it for ourselves and to promote our unique interests.
As of this writing, for example, nearly 20,000 supported the Psychology Today accountability campaign. To sign your name to the Change.org petition, follow this link.
Stay tuned for more Black women empowerment articles.
- Psychology Today: “Black Women Less Attractive than Other Women”….and Plants and Animals, Too. (blogher.com)
- In Racism News: Psychology Today Says Black Women Are The Most Unattractive (bossip.com)
- Satoshi Kanazawa’s racist nonsense should not be tolerated | Nanjala Nyabola (guardian.co.uk)