Recently a trending topic on Twitter called #fasttailgirls was started by @karnythia and moderated by @hoodfeminism. It discussed the sexualization of young black girls and how, due to no fault of their own, young black girls are made responsible when their bodies are violated. In this context the victims are criminalized and chastised, and the perpetrators valorized.
As I read the trending topic and watched women boldly share their truth, it occurred to me why R. Kelly’s comeback disturbs me so much. If R. Kelly’s victims had looked different, had fit the archetype of what we believe victims typically look like (whiter, blonder and more in line with what we’re taught to associate with innocence), maybe there would be uproar.
The bodies that R. Kelly has violated belong to girls we do not believe are worthy of protection or uproar. In fact we’re taught to believe this type of girl “asked for it” or did something to warrant her abuse.
thank god i was awake…it literally started smoking and I’m lying here on my bed trying to reshift the cord so it registers..and the power light lit up and then i start to see smoke from the chord then actual fire. like someone had lit a match. I unplugged it all and wow it’s actually melted.
OMG. Stay safe, Threads! I sleep with my laptop on my bed too….until this night, I guess. : |
Renisha Mcbride was a 19 year old Black Girl from Michigan. On November 2nd, she was involved in a terrible car crash but survived. After the accident, she ran to the nearest house looking for help because her phone had died. She knocked on the front door and was shot in the face with a shotgun by the White Homeowner. After the murder, No Charges have been pressed against the White shooter and it is being called a justified Killing. Several Police officers and the Shooter’s lawyer have said that “He acted Properly” in shooting her. Don’t ever be fooled into believing that Racism is over.
If you’re a Fan of signing Petitions, you can sign one at http://act.weareultraviolet.org/sign/Renisha/?akid=662.675511.T8Xw70&rd=1&t=4
Written By @KingKwajo
Re-blogging because murder out of sef defense is justified, murder out of stupidity is criminally negligent homicide.
"And then one day, my dad shocked me when he said that while he is Dominican and a Latino, he is a black man before all else. I found his comment strange and argued with him. I said to him: "You aren’t black." And he replied that he is and that’s where all our ancestors are from. The difference is we just speak Spanish in comparison to African-Americans. We are part of the diaspora. And once my dad uttered those words, my view on not just issues of race changed, but I did. My self-esteem rose. I began to read black literature. I began to embrace my roots, my complexion and fought back when I felt I was being treated differently because of the color of my skin."
TVGuide.com recently asked SNL cast member Kenan Thompson some pointed questions about the show’s lack of women of color. Kenan asserted he would no longer be playing black women characters for the show. Though that decision is a heartening one, his comments on why there remains a gap in the representation of black women in comedic spaces were less than progressive. Kenan said, “It’s just a tough part of the business,” he tells TV Guide. “Like in auditions, they just never find ones that are ready.”
A group of funny black women decided to take on Kenan’s challenge. In this video, filled with vignettes and impressions showing off their talent. The end result is undeniable. Black women are ready for any stage.
this is epic
Its the criminalization of black women and black corpses. @zellieimani
“Oppressed groups are frequently placed in the situation of being listened to only if we frame our ideas in the language that is familiar to and comfortable for a dominant group. This requirement often changes the meaning of our ideas and works to elevate the ideas of dominant groups.”— Patricia Hill Collins (via tabularasae)
Activist/writer/filmmaker dream hampton has made a powerful short film about the tragic killing of Renisha McBride and last night’s rally to demand justice for her. Renisha’s killer remains unnamed and no charges have been filed.
How many times will we have to say this? We DEMAND Equal Justice for our children and ourselves. Black people have an equal right to walk the streets of this country, no matter the time of day or night, no matter the circumstance. Renisha McBride did not deserve this tragic end to her young life. These Stand Your Ground laws have created open season on our community. NO MORE. Please spread the word. Please vote in your local elections so that laws such as these are kept off the books. And Please, PLEASE, remember that you have value and purpose in this world, you are worthy, you are precious, and you have the right to be here. Laws designed to keep people in fear must have the opposite effect. They must remind us that we have the right to the light. And we must continue to live in it.