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I took a class on the study of African American women in the United States and I learned a lot of new stuff, and I'm sure a lot of this black women weren't aware of either. The more white/mulatto an African American woman looks the more appealing they have been perceived to be. I think when things started really going downhill is when black women started straightening their hair, and that put a tremendous amount of pressure on them. In the days of segregation when black women were given an education many of them were taught by white ministry women that told them that they were innately overtly sexual and that, unlike white women, who already had morals they had to go to school in order to learn these! Another very tragic side of this, is that when the masters use to rape slaves the woman was to be blame because she tempted them. I wrote a paper comparing earlier literature of African American women to the hip-hop artists of today. There is a book called : Check yourself before you wreck yourself and it is great! It talks about all of the questions you are asking now and shows how they have overcome it through their music.