People have offered many potential explanations for this discrepancy, but this ad highlights the importance of the social cues that push girls away from math and science in their earliest childhood years.
Nobody gives the black girl mob credit for being smart as fuck. They clown but at the end of the day they are really intelligent.
And it’s not subtle at all.
Taystee is a math prodigy in addition to being well-read, Poussey is multilingual, Cindy just knows shit, Suzanne studies Shakespeare, Watson was a good student in addition to being a track star, Vee is basically an evil genius. Piper often learns the most from them; they taught her how to fight and helped translate Pennsatucky’s biblical threat.
The show flat out acknowledges the (academic) intelligence of the black inmates time and time again, but the audience collectively ignores it.
ALL OF THIS
some things to keep in mind:
- everyone has feelings and the capacity to be hurt, even if you dont agree with their ideas.
- everyone has the ability to change, even if you dont agree with their ideas.
- nobody reacts well to being confronted and yelled at, but if you approach someone calmly and lay things out without fighting, they will listen to you.
- change is not instant.
- people are human. respect that.