FACT TIME!

While the dude above has a really good point, I want to point out that there's a good bit of overlap between racism and sexual assault. Over their lifetime, women of color are the victims of attempted or completed sexual assaults at much higher rates — 34.1% of Native American/Alaskan women and 18.8% of black women. 52% of sexual assault perpetrators are white.

And black men aren't the only ones who disproportionately face police violence — black women go through it, too. They also just face high rates of violence, period. Watch this spoken-word poem curated by Adam Mordecai to learn more.

Race and gender: hard to separate completely!

For some people, every day is Independence Day. For Janis Shinwari, this will be his first 4th of July as an American citizen. And boy, he earned it.

"If I was in Afghanistan—if I didn't come here, I wouldn't be alive now. I would be dead." Shinwari told CNN Heroes in 2018. Shinwari risked his life for nine years serving as a translator for U.S. forces in his native country of Afghanistan. He risked his life everyday knowing that should he be caught by the Taliban, the consequences would be severe. "If the Taliban catch you, they will torture you in front of your kids and families and make a film of you." Shinwari said. "Then [they'll] send it to other translators as a warning message to stop working with the American forces."

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