The history of categorizing Black women as lewd and hyper-sexual — through a European gaze of course — predates slavery
. But in modern times, we can look to two specific events that had a lasting impact on how Americans perceive Black women and their pursuit of wealth. The first came in 1965, when senator and sociologist Daniel Patrick Moynihan asserted that Black communities were keeping themselves in poverty because of the lack of patriarchal family structures. In The Negro Family: The Case For National Action
(colloquially known as The Moynihan Report), he blamed Black female led homes for the high rates of crime and poverty among African-Americans. Despite being debunked multiple times over, it has fueled a myth that has pervaded Black communities for generations: Black men should lead Black households, financially and otherwise, and Black women who attempt to do so are crippling the entire community.