Title

What's Faith Got It to do with It?: African-American Women and Gendered Microaggressions

Location

DeSantis Room 2057

Format Type

Plenary

Format Type

Paper

Start Date

16-1-2020 4:30 PM

End Date

16-1-2020 4:50 PM

Abstract

America’s current sociopolitical climate has exposed some of the darkest aspects of society, racism and sexism. As such, the recent #MeToo and #BlackLivesMatter Movements have shed light on deep-rooted systematic racism and sexism. Individually, these systems have layered histories with diverse conclusions regarding methods of change. Furthermore, concurrently, race and gender inequalities are particularly daunting. So, what happens when you identify with the struggles of both movements? American history has shown a tradition of people turning to religious faith to provide solutions for humanity’s greatest problems. While studies have been conducted that address these issues in varying contexts and offer solutions, there is yet to be a study that explores racialized gender issues and assesses the way being Christian impacts women acknowledging these microaggressions and incorporating their faith in dealing with the complexity of these situations. Therefore, this study seeks to discover the impact of Christianity on African-American women in their dealings with racism and sexism. Consequently, the researcher recruited, interviewed and audio recorded African-American Christian women. Then, she transcribed and re-storied their experiences into critical research texts of social injustice found within their daily experiences.

Keywords

Womanist Theology, Christianity, microaggressions, Critical Race Theory, Critical Race Feminism

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Jan 16th, 4:30 PM Jan 16th, 4:50 PM

What's Faith Got It to do with It?: African-American Women and Gendered Microaggressions

DeSantis Room 2057

America’s current sociopolitical climate has exposed some of the darkest aspects of society, racism and sexism. As such, the recent #MeToo and #BlackLivesMatter Movements have shed light on deep-rooted systematic racism and sexism. Individually, these systems have layered histories with diverse conclusions regarding methods of change. Furthermore, concurrently, race and gender inequalities are particularly daunting. So, what happens when you identify with the struggles of both movements? American history has shown a tradition of people turning to religious faith to provide solutions for humanity’s greatest problems. While studies have been conducted that address these issues in varying contexts and offer solutions, there is yet to be a study that explores racialized gender issues and assesses the way being Christian impacts women acknowledging these microaggressions and incorporating their faith in dealing with the complexity of these situations. Therefore, this study seeks to discover the impact of Christianity on African-American women in their dealings with racism and sexism. Consequently, the researcher recruited, interviewed and audio recorded African-American Christian women. Then, she transcribed and re-storied their experiences into critical research texts of social injustice found within their daily experiences.