Date of Award

Spring 5-20-2019

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Social Work (MSW)

Department

Social Work

First Advisor

Youseung Kim, Ph.D., MSW

Second Advisor

Erika Walker-Cash, J.D., MSW

Third Advisor

Corinne Warrener, Ph.D., MSW

Abstract

The intention of this study is to contribute to research on Black women and to bring awareness to Black women's experiences, as they navigate social institutions. This study examines the perception of the intersectionality of race and gender impacts their awareness of police violence against Black women. Researchers measured respondent's perceptions/attitudes regarding intersectionality and their awareness of people who had been victimized by police violence. The quantitative study is comprised of statements regarding patriarchy and/or sexism and statements concerning racism and/or the lack thereof. The data analysis indicates that respondents' awareness and sensitivity to racism along with their perception of sexism and patriarchy is associated with their awareness of police victims. The researcher's findings found that the intersectionality of race and gender impacts their awareness of police violence against Black women.

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