Black Women + Race Relations

Black Women, Racial Ambiguity, & Unblurring The Color Lines

The reality of protecting Black women could mean realizing we can’t include everyone.

Quintessa L. Williams
Published in
7 min readSep 8, 2023

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Crash Course on Colorism by Aubree Monares | Photo Courtesy of We The Spot

The ‘Women of Color’ initiative has been a fixture in solidarity among women with multiple, intersectional identities. Such identities often derive from shared historical experiences, social relations, and racial structures of power. And to be clear: the phrase’s origin began with Black women.

In 1977, a group of Black women who attended the National Women’s Conference in Houston, Texas, carried with them a 200-page document entitled “The Black Women’s Agenda.” During the conference, other minority women of color wanted to be included in the agenda, and Black women agreed. However, it could no longer be called the “Black Women’s Agenda.” It had to be called something else.

Hence, the term women of color was created.

The allyship fostered among women of color has always been intended to provide safe spaces of inclusion and unity despite unique differences. The great Audre Lorde said: “It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences.”

Although the term has no sole biological destination, it has come to carry a sense of power. And ultimately, women of color today now possess the ability to cross color lines.

Just not the way Black women could ever imagine.

On a previous Tuesday episode of “Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta”, reality TV stars, Erica Mena and Spice got into a heated exchange while having dinner with fellow castmate Shekinah Jo. Mena and Spice met for dinner to end the feud brewing between the castmates.

During the argument, Spice accused Mena of acting like she was “the first woman to be divorced” and told her that her son didn’t like her. As a result, Mena reacted by flipping the table, lunging at Spice, and calling the Jamaican musician a “blue monkey.”

While production intervened to separate the women, Mena can be heard calling Spice a “monkey” multiple times.

“We hearing that she wish I died on the table and…

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Quintessa L. Williams
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Afra-American Journalist 📝📚| #WEOC | Blacktivist | EIC of TDQ | Editor for Cultured & AfroSapiophile. Bylines in The Root, MadameNoire, ZORA, & Momentum.