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Despite differences in cultural norms, accents and geographic location, black women all over the world face societal pressures to look and behave a certain way. Just as blacks who were merely attempting to survive in the aftermath of Katrina, were portrayed as looters and criminals. Charmaine Scott, a woman of Caribbean descent who now resides in the UK noted that the coverage of the London Riots was “disproportionately black and surprisingly female.”

Just as the media is notorious for labeling black women as undesirables, Scott says black women in the UK are belittled and often forced into subordinate social positions. Because of a lack of positive black women in positions of power in the UK, black women often looked toward Oprah Winfrey and actors on “The Cosby Show” as positive African American role models.

Watch as these black Britons talk about their plight in the video below.

You can read their entire story over at CNN.com.

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