In the book “Words of fire” by Beverly Guy-Shefttall, the author uses an article called Religion and the pure principal of morality written by Maria Stewart to explore the treatment which black women are facing. This article is based on religious views on how the human race as a whole should be in terms of equality and pureness of heart. In the article, Maria Stewart conveys her opinion and thoughts that it does not matter what color your skin may be, you’re not different than anyone else; hence is the reason why she may be using scriptural facts to support her claim. Although there was a huge contrast in how African American women and white women were seen, she makes an effort to explain that there really isn’t a difference besides the color of the skin. African American women has potential and it can in fact be met even through the hardships that they face. This paper will critically examine the roles that white people played in these false stereotypes of African American women.
In this article, Maria Stewart quotes, “Though black their skins as shades of night, their hearts are pure, their souls are white. (26) Stewart’s use of this poem is the acknowledge that yes, you may be a “colored” person but that does not mean you are inferior, an outcast, or even a criminal as the world portrays us but in fact, we are good people and we are more than just a skin color. Unfortunately, in today’s society, the black race does not have the privilege of experiencing what we call equality. A challenge that African Americans are facing and particularly African American woman, is hatred and a defamation of character. African American woman are looked upon as “whores” and less than the Caucasian woman and that is because of the racism that they as a people face on a daily basis. However, the stereotypes of the African American women do not hold true. Maria Stewart addresses many different points which urges black women as a whole to show the world that they are capable of anything just as much as any other race. As discussed in class, black girls have been stereotyped as vixens, promiscuous beings and as “Jezebels”. This in fact is false; African Americans were an extraordinary group of people back in the late 1700’s. African American women are looked upon as whores and less than the white women and that is because of the racism that African American people as a whole deal with on a daily basis. Maria Stewart addresses many different points which urges black women as a whole to show the world that they are capable of rising up from whence they came from and prosper just as any other race. Despite the hardship faced by African American women, it is safe to make the claim that white people played a very big factor in lowering the self-esteem and placing such stigma of African American women during the time of slavery. A perfect example of this claim is Sara Baartman, a full figured beautiful black woman who...