Every other day Black folks (and our fellow POCs) have to bust out reasons why their lives are instinctively harder than that of their white counterparts. Today is a little different as actress Julie Delpy has said it's way harder to be a woman than it is to be black. We have thoughts.
Here's the background because she just didn't come out of nowhere with this nonsense. She actually said this to The Wrap in 2016, "Two years ago, I said something about the Academy being very white male, which is the reality, and I was slashed to pieces by the media," adding, “It’s funny — women can’t talk. I sometimes wish I were African American because people don’t bash them afterward."
Delpy's sentiments were inspired by the Oscars being heavily white, but she meant white and male. Guess she didn't realize that #OscarsSoWhite also included white women. Nevertheless, it was an insane remark to make because when it comes to which group has it the worst, it's easy to stack the cards any which way it's a measurable fact that white women are not the worst off.
This reminds me of a scene in Will & Grace from years ago in which they are going back and forth on which card they could play. Will had the "gay" card. Grace had the "woman" card. Then one of them pointed out a friend who was something like a Black, lesbian, something-or-other and that trumped all. The world is inherently harder for women, but add being Black and it's a whole new ballgame.
As a white woman, Delpy lives her day to day with more privilege in life and in her industry than if she were a Black woman. Hell, even if she was Julio Delpy, a Black man with Latino roots, her life would not be easier than her life as the white woman Julia Delpy. We've all seen the bias Black and brown men have against them, not just in Hollywood but in real life. It's what sparked the Black Lives Matter movement.
There is no denying that being a woman is hard. There are annual Women's Marches around the world that reinforce the notion, but being Black in America — and the world —is a hell of a lot harder. Julie Delpy probably said such a thing because Black people do speak out more often when it comes to adversity but that's because they, we, have to. Women, in this case, white women, do not. Julie Delpy may want to think twice because at the end of the day, being a white woman isn't the least bit harder than being a black woman, or any man or woman of any race other than white.