Yesterday, two Black women were publicly insulted on the national stage, by White men. April Ryan, a seasoned journalist with the American Urban Radio Network was chastised at a White House press briefing by White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer. Ryan inquired about the the Trump administration’s image and how they planned on working to repair it. As Spicer gave his answer, Ryan shook her head as she took notes. Spicer obviously had a problem with it, and asked her from the podium, to stop doing so. As if, he exercised any type of power over her.
Then, the story we’ve written about twice already, Bill O’Reilly and his comments on Congresswoman Maxine Waters’ hair.
The two incidents are all too familiar to Black women. The emphasis on our hair instead of our words and contributions and the attempt to diminish our autonomy. In response, Brittany Packnett tweeted this:
Hours later, Waters herself got wind of the trending topic and used it in her response to O’Reilly.
But before then, thousands of Black women across the internet used #BlackWomenAtWork to share their experiences of racist and sexist discrimination. Check out a few of them on the following pages.