Loving Black Women on Purpose: Healing from trauma through emotional justice

“Loving Black Women on Purpose” uses the culture within movement spaces as a foundation to identify the many ways organizing communities fail Black-women, through acts of internalized patriarchy and devaluing.   Raven is viewing the casual mistreatment, disposability and expendability of Black women as a public health issue. Through a public health lens, she researches how our social buy-in to patriarchy creates a by-product of f*hk boi culture that normalizes emotional mistreatment of women while expecting their loyalty to the movement and harmful lovers.  More importantly, this project explores self-care tips and the power of naming ones experience as a guide to collective healing and a radical shift to include emotional justice in our fight for liberation.  The importance of not censoring the phrase f*** boi empowers women to speak on their experiences using language that is our cultures identity marker for the violence against women propagated by a culture of patriarchy.

Raven’s blueprint is addressing the racial justice profile by centering the treatment of Black women in movement spaces.  When speaking of racial justice Black women are often left out of the conversation entirely. This minimizes and erases their contribution to the advancements of society, social movements and sustaining structures of Black communities.  Furthermore, when the labor of Black women is hidden, their suffering is equally silenced leading to a limited and sexist gain of social justice that leaves out women and femmes.  Raven will draw from her own research and the readings from Esther Armah who coined the term emotional justice and explains it as “a remedy of or the legacy of untreated trauma impacting us as a people.” By centering the experiences of Black women in movement spaces such as Black Youth Project 100 (BYP100) or the larger Movement for Black Lives, we are able to assess how an intersectional analysis that includes the identity of Black women can properly callout and ideally denormalize the practices of patriarchy within Black movement spaces, thus the Black community at large.

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