Glimpse a preview of dynamics that will shape the 2016 election cycle in the contest over Loretta Lynch's nomination as Attorney General. As the first African American woman slated to occupy that office, Lynch signals a degree to which race and gender no longer determine access to political power in the United States.
On one particular Saturday I went to the thrift store in the afternoon, and the radio was playing. "Fellas, call in and tell me two things you love about Black women after the commercial break," the DJ said. My stomach immediately tightened. Even though I hadn't yet heard any of the listeners' perceptions of Black women, I already knew in my gut what they were going to say.
Many of the condemnations of police brutality have excluded the experiences of black women who have been brutalized in custody. The ongoing media blackout surrounding the case of 13 black women allegedly assaulted by a police officer in Oklahoma City may be the hardest evidence of the devaluation of African-American women's lives.