Ever wonder about the stereotype of black people loving fried chicken and watermelon? How can two delicious foods possibly be used to enforce racism?
This isn’t about hating on deliciousness. But Franchesca “Chescaleigh” Ramsey’s breaking down what thes stereotypes really means – and it’s pretty revolting. Here’s how these racist tropes came to be, and why this awful history matters for our society today.
The Editors at Everyday Feminism
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To learn more about this topic, check out:
- Violence Is Not a Culturally Specific Phenomenon: How Racist Stereotypes Damage Communities of Color
- No, You’re Not Imagining It: 3 Ways Racial Microaggressions Sneak into Our Lives
Franchesca “Chescaleigh” Ramsey is a graphic designer and video blogger based out of New York City. With over 100k subscribers on her two YouTube channels, Chescaleigh and Chescalocs, she and her videos have been featured on numerous style and entertainment blogs and news publications including MTV, The New York Times, Essence.com, and The BBC. In January 2012, Franchesca had her first viral video “Shit White Girls Say…to Black Girls” which accumulated 1.5 million views in 24 hours, 6 million views in a week and over 9 million views to date. Follow her on Twitter @chescaleigh.