I always knew it would be hard starting any sort of campaign against racism in my area as a woman of colour. With a very small percentage of POC, I knew anything I said would be met with backlash. As predicted as soon as I started my anti-racism group on social media I got sent abuse. I guess this might have put some people off but I didn’t stop making resources, educating, and fighting for the human rights of POC. This is just a small taste of what it’s like to experience racism, as a light skin woman I’ve always had problems, so I knew for a dark skin black woman her experiences of racism must be a hundred times worse.
The intersection of race and gender means that life is really hard for women of colour, we have to keep advocating for them. There’s this narrative of “the strong black woman” which needs to end. Black women have feelings, they can be hurt and they don’t have to be strong all the time.
I think it’s important for everyone to consider the unique struggles of women of colour in society today, and remember to always advocate for them using your privilege, I know I will.
Karima was also interviewed by co-founder Sarah and you can watch her interview by clicking here.
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