Racial Equality In Kimberle Crenshaw's 'Black Girls Matter'

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Kimberlé Crenshaw’s assertion that the advancement of racial equality is not attainable without the advancement of gender equality is supported with adequate evidence throughout her article, “Black Girls Matter.” Crenshaw’s argument is founded upon the biases woven into government-funded initiatives focused on bettering the lives of the nations underprivileged youth while turning a blind eye to the marginalization of the female colored youth. In particular Crenshaw focuses on President Obama’s initiative, My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) and Michelle Obama’s global initiative Let Girls Learn. Furthermore, the article emphasizes the shortcomings of the nations female colored youth in terms of education through the presence of sexism and racism.
My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) is a $300 million public/private partnership designed to improve life outcomes for men and boys of color (Crenshaw 26). It is a male exclusive initiative that demonstrates the Presidents personal agenda regarding the betterment of colored males for they are seen as being
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The foundation of the initiative is creating opportunities for women of color to advance their education and here in the United States young women of color face some of the same challenges as their male counterparts but they also face many which are different. In regards to education, colored females face higher levels of discipline than both their male and white counterparts. Although Michelle Obama has declared that “Black girls rock (Crenshaw 27)” and President Obama has founded an initiative for colored boys, the lack of political involvement in addressing the challenges faced by women has appeared to put the interests of colored boys above those of their female

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