Black Women Are Tired Of Being The Mule Of America

Op-Ed by Nakisha M. Lewis, President & CEO, Breakthrough, and also member of the Equal Voice | Equal Future Editorial Board

More than 60 years ago, Malcolm X was quoted saying, “The most disrespected person in America is the Black woman. The most unprotected person in America is the Black woman. The most neglected person in America is the Black woman.”

And in 2022, his words still ring true.

As Black women, we often find ourselves in situations where we are forced to hold our identities and lived experiences at the intersections of oppression and marginalization. We tend to live — depending on where we as individuals plot on the axis of privilege — from the perspective of our places of dis-privilege…


Breakthrough is a partner of the ERA Coalition and the Fund for Women’s Equality.

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