A short video on Black women and the concept of intersectionality, from the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) (3 minutes)
It may not be easy, but we are committed to taking a holistic approach. That means we must see one another’s wholeness. What does it mean to be Black, and a woman and low income? How does gender, class and sexuality impact the experiences of children, families, men and women across our community? Are there intersections of disadvantage? Are there barriers within the way health or educational services are delivered? If we want lasting change, we must understand not only the experiences today, but also the roots of the problem.
Audre Lorde’s quote is a guide for how we examine oppression and how we follow the data to move our community forward. Our shared commitment to seeing people in their fullness and not only as a single label will help us when talking about the intersection of child well-being and racism as part of promoting social change.
There is no single solution to ensure an equitable recovery, but if we can see the world through a new lens, we can embody the habits and traits of innovators. If we want a more equitable future, we must look for a fresh perspective, an alternative way of seeing things and an angle that lets us see familiar problems from a new perspective.
Let’s start by looking at the data: