The 1619 Project has shined a spotlight on the strains of systemic oppression, discrimination, and violence against Black people and other minorities in the United States that have had a long-lasting impact on American history and society. As we explore themes of gender and race, this essay will provide an understanding of how social hierarchies and constructions have been used to oppress and marginalize individuals, as well as how we can take action to foster inclusivity, justice, and equality.

In today’s society, unfortunately, there are still people attempting to impose restrictions on minorities by trying to segregate and classify individuals based on physical looks. Despite the clear injustice, this type of discrimination is often directed at members of diverse backgrounds, including myself as a Puerto Rican, who must contend with being asked about my racial identity all too frequently. Cuando la sociedad trata de identificar a individuales como una sola raza cuando no son, básicamente está esforzando que escojan una sola parte de su historia. Es injusto porque cuando uno representa mucho más, no es correcto solo pertenecer a un solo aspecto de lo que reflejan. Through this discussion, we will explore the issues surrounding race and gender-based discrimination and how it impacts the lives of many people today.

In the past, miscegenation was something that was feared and discouraged, especially between White people and Black people. Laws were put in place to prohibit such relationships, and those who broke these laws were punished. However, it is important to note that slaveholders practiced forced sexual relationships with Black women, even though it was against their will. The offspring of these unions were often considered Black and were subject to the same treatment as other enslaved people. This demonstrates the hypocrisy of the society that prohibited relationships between different races and yet still allowed the rape and abuse of Black women.

Throughout history, women have been subjected to various forms of domination and control over their bodies. However, they have also been at the forefront of resistance against these oppressive forces. Women’s resistance takes many forms, including political activism, civil disobedience, and artistic expression. Women are fighting for their reproductive rights, including access to affordable and safe contraception and abortion. Additionally, the body positivity movement seeks to challenge the narrow beauty standards that contribute to the objectification and sexualization of women’s bodies. The power of resistance and community is a force that cannot be underestimated.

In Episode 5 of the 1619 Project, race issues affecting Black men are discussed. This emotional episode depicts how racism still affects them, particularly through police brutality. One scene showed a young black boy witnessing an officer breaking his father’s ID and giving him a ticket. This incident was shocking, as it highlighted how even seemingly minor incidents could constitute assault. It is essential to understand that such occurrences happen every day, regardless of media coverage.Centuries of this abuse, racism, and neglect have instilled fear in Black men. Black people have experienced extreme oppression and are still treated inhumanely today. To protect themselves, their families, and their communities, Black men have armed themselves. This response is understandable due to the history of police brutality and white supremacy. The real problem is not Black men protecting themselves, but rather the systemic racism and inequality that caused this fear.

Throughout the episodes, there were many impactful words and phrases, one statement that stood out is “Justice is on one scale, self-preservation on the other”. This is a powerful message because it highlights the difficult choice that marginalized communities often face. On the one hand, they demand justice and equality, and on the other hand, they must prioritize self-preservation to protect themselves from systemic oppression and violence.The language used back then to discuss Black women was just cruel. They referred to them as objects and animals, expressing words such as “breed” and “breed them like hogs”. Any resistance demonstrated to these actions resulted in painful punishments like “30 whippings a day”, which displayed the barbaric behavior of slave owners and white men. Also, the film’s speakers emphasize historical language to evoke emotions such as anger, fear, and horror, to communicate the horrifying experiences endured by black women and black men. By using this language, they provide the victims’ perspectives, making the severity of the issue more apparent.

Watching the episode was overwhelming but necessary to understand the reality of past and present oppressions against Black people and minorities. The heavy topics and discussions were impactful, showing the truth of society. The 1619 Project tells the full story, which is not often taught in schools. It is emotionally heavy, but it’s important to hold these difficult discussions to dismantle these power structures and therefore create a more just and equitable society where everyone has access to the same opportunities and privileges regardless of their race, gender, or social status.

Emmy Meli – I Am Woman
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March 24, 2023 3:46 am

The Spanish hit different. As a Dominican I can definitely relate to what you’re saying this hit home!!!!!

March 23, 2023 8:08 pm

I think the fact that you brought up rape is really important and holds a lot of weight in this conversation! Most people choose to ignore the hypocrisy that went into laws against interracial relationships, and I think you did a really great job of bringing it to light.

March 23, 2023 1:15 pm

I like your take on feminism with all the connections in the theme of your song and overall, I did similar in mine and I found it interesting considering it’s for our gender class. Are there any stereotypes that you feel also affected your race in a similar instance?

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March 23, 2023 1:12 pm

It’s really amazing of you to include your own race and ethnic background while also sympathizing with victims of prolonged discrimination and unjust systems, it shows that you are very educated and in tune with the problems of minorities in communities in America. The quotes that you pulled from the docuseries also coincide well with the rest of your writing! Have you ever been involved or looked into any organizations you mentioned that support minorities oppressed by the system?

March 23, 2023 1:09 pm

The art went really well with your choice of audio, I can imagine that being the cover art to the song.

March 23, 2023 6:14 am

Your cover image of a black woman in a superhero costume is very well illustrated and I think it really solidifies your writing very well.

March 22, 2023 11:54 pm

I really like how your cover image depicts your writing so well as it related right to your statement “The 1619 Project has shined a spotlight on the strains of systemic oppression, discrimination, and violence against Black people and other minorities in the United States that have had a long-lasting impact on American history and society. “

March 22, 2023 11:46 pm

I like how the image chosen was well done and connects to “ The 1619 Project has shined a spotlight on the strains of systemic oppression, discrimination, and violence against Black people and other minorities in the United States that have had a long-lasting impact on American history and society. The essay was well written and I do agree with the phrase “ Justice is on one scale, self-preservation on the other”, it’s very powerful and important to know the difference.

March 22, 2023 11:29 pm

I agree because this 1619 project should be a part of United States that have had a long-lasting impact on American history and society. Because they teacher us history but forgot the discrimination, and violence against Black people.

March 22, 2023 11:28 pm

I really like your cover picture and I really like your song. A question I have is do you think we can develop a system where everyone has access to the same things and have equal chances of success?

March 22, 2023 11:19 pm

Your heading really caught my eye was very intriguing. Also your first sentence is a conversation starter and I totally agree. Why did you chose you have a black woman as a superhero?

March 22, 2023 11:15 pm

I really enjoyed reading your writing! I particularly enjoyed the image of your black girl superhero! Very powerful!

March 22, 2023 10:49 pm

This was very organized and informative.If you had to,what else do you think you’d explain/breakdown about these topics?

March 22, 2023 4:40 pm

I liked how informative the post is as well as your featured image

March 22, 2023 2:27 pm

I like how you go into depth about miscegenation and how it deeply affected our community in both the past and the present

Faith H
March 22, 2023 2:25 pm

I like your point about the hypocrisy of the situation of white men raping black female slaves. These women were raped and then forced to have these men’s children, yet their children were still treated like slaves. If roles were reversed, do you think men would ever be treated as poorly as women are and have been treated?

March 22, 2023 2:14 pm

This post was very informative. What are some ways that you think minorities can break the restrictions that are constantly placed on them?

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