Systemic Racism and Homelessness

Posted on July 29, 2020 View all news

Nationally and in Chicago, Black and African-American women are over-represented among people experiencing homelessness. These disparities are not a coincidence. Rather, they are the result of decades of institutionalized housing and racial discrimination.

https://www.census.gov/quickfacts/fact/table/US/IPE120218
https://www.census.gov/quickfacts/chicagocityillinois

The Intersection of Race and Womanhood

The lived experiences of Black women are not compartmentalized by race and gender. At the intersection of being Black and female, are innumerable complex issues that the feminist movement has failed to address.

We are reminded that although the 19th amendment granted women the right to vote in 1920, discriminatory practices such as poll taxes and literacy tests continued to oppress Black women’s right to vote until the passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act

What are some ways in which Black women suffer at the oppressive hands of both racism and sexism?

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