Would you be upset to find Charlize Theron on the cover of ESSENCE Magazine? That’s essentially the question that Jada Pinkett-Smith posed to her Facebook friends this week in an interesting musing that we thought worthy of sharing with the class.
Check out her full dialogue below and please feel free to add your two cents:
Will there ever be a day in which women will be able to see each other beyond race, class, and culture?
There is a question I want to ask today. I’m asking this question in the spirit of thinking outside of the box in order to open doors to new possibilities. These possibilities may be realistic or unrealistic. I also want to make it clear that there is no finger pointing here. I pose this question with the hope that it opens a discussion about how we can build a community for women based upon us all taking a deeper interest in one another. An interest where skin color, culture, and social class does not create barriers in sharing the commonality of being… women. With love and respect to all parties involved, my question is this…if we ask our white sisters, who tend to be the guardians of the covers of mainstream magazines, to consider women of color to grace these covers, should we not offer the same consideration to white women to grace our covers? Should women extend their power to other women simply because they are women? To my women of color, I am clear we must have something of our own, but is it possible to share in the spirit in which we ask our white sisters to share with us? I don’t know the answer and would love to hear your thoughts.
The question she’s asking is one that FEMINISTS particularly those of color have been grappling with for decades. Will there ever come a point when our commonalities as WOMEN override our commitment to racial solidarity?
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