Bill O’Reilly ridiculed a black congresswoman over her “James Brown wig”
Vox - 03/28/2017
t’s well established that women are judged more harshly on their appearance than men are, as Kelsey McKinney wrote for Vox. Research has proven this phenomenon generally, as McKinney points out, and has also explored the ways it impacts black women in particular. O’Reilly’s comments are part of a centuries-long history of devaluing black women for their appearance. As Susan L. Bryant wrote for the Columbia Social Work Review, black women, who tend to “deviate furthest from European beauty standards,” face disproportionate levels of internal negative feelings. Black women also encounter a specific type of racial and sexist hostility known as misogynoir, a term coined by Moya Bailey of Northeastern University to pinpoint this exact sort of discrimination.