There are a lot of reasons why black
women are disproportionately incarcerated. Poverty has something to do with it. Joblessness, inferior education linked to
poverty, but white supremacist beliefs – gendered white supremacist beliefs about black women – also have something to do with it. If you believe – if we believe –
that a group of people, that a mass of people are bad, then it does not give us
pause, we do not question why certain groups appearing in the prison population in greater numbers.