Jesus does not try to be popular, scintillating or relevant to the masses planning to assassinate her by saying, “You know these hoes ain’t loyal.” Instead, he lovingly speaks divine truth into a volatile situation by simply calling those who wish to judge this unnamed woman for her adultery and disloyalty to look at themselves before demeaning, demoralizing and killing this woman. Bryant, the commentators and all of us would do well to follow this example before throwing stones at women to get a quick amen, or an explosive, though hugely effective, media sound bite.
So, maybe the problem isn’t that “these hoes ain’t loyal.” Maybe the problem is that black women have been too loyal for far too long to men who aren’t truly loyal to them.
Frances Cudjoe Waters is a United Methodist pastor as well as a writer, blogger and frequent lecturer with a focus on issues of faith and justice, culture and family life. She has written for The Root and the Huffington Post and blogs at BTransformed.com. Follow her on Twitter.
He understands the burden and pain of racial prejudice.
He knows about racism. But, when the topic is sexism, there is only silence from my Black male friends.
It seems they do not want to accept gender prejudice hurts Black women.
The lives of African American men and women are uniquely equal. American history created a male-female relationship formed by equally dismal circumstances.
We were kidnapped together, chained together, bore the slave-holder’s whip together, worked the fields together, escaped together, and fought for freedom together.
Without Black women, the Civil Rights Movement would have failed.
Alabama’s Black women led by Jo Ann Gibson Robinson organized the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Aurelia Browder, a Black woman, was a plaintiff in Browder v. Gayle, the U.S. Supreme Court case that desegregated the Montgomery buses.
Fannie Lou Hamer was beaten for registering poor Black voters in Mississippi. Attorney Constance Baker Motley risked her life to represent Blacks across the Deep South.
Vivian Malone desegregated the University of Alabama with Governor George Wallace blocking the schoolhouse door. Charlene Hunter desegregated the University of Georgia.
When Daisy Bates led the Central High 9 her house was firebombed.
But, male organizers decided Rosa Parks, the famous matriarch of the Civil Rights Movement, would not be allowed to speak at the 1963 March on Washington.
And, when activist Gloria Richardson, co-founder of the Cambridge Nonviolent Action Committee in Maryland, attempted to speak at that 1963 March, Black men took away her microphone.
Black women were arrested, jailed, and risked their lives with men. Police dogs in Birmingham attacked men and women, alike.
While only he stood at the podium or pulpit or microphone she stood in the shadows because freedom was more important than recognition of her contribution to achieving it. That was a different time.
Today, there is no reason for a lack of Black female leadership.
She should be at the decision-making table and her wisdom should be respected and requested.
The need is great within the Black community. Yet, too often, her power is under-utilized.
Since a Black man understands the effect of racism on his dreams and opportunities then the plight of a Black woman should not be a mystery to him.
He should be able to empathize and acknowledge the many ways in which sexism can limit her dreams and opportunities.
He should support her goals and ambition.
A women’s full participation in society has become a global initiative.
This March, Women’s Month, the United Nations is holding its 58th Conference on the Status of Women.
But, African American women and girls have those paths.
However, they need encouragement to follow them. They need women as well as men to value their contributions, talent, and hard-work.
Sexism is a form of discrimination and oppression that undermines the spirits of girls and women who have a great deal to offer the community.
More so, Black women should have a chance to be a full complete person, not just defined by the work she does for others. But a human being confident in her ability to navigate the world, receiving acclaim when apparent, and compensation appropriate to her skills.
She should be able to enjoy her own talents and choose when she wants to share them with others.
In “Still I Rise” poet Maya Angelou writes of Black women seeking a daybreak that’s wondrously clear, bringing the gifts that their ancestors gave.
When Black men treat Black women with respect and as equals, Black women will rise into that wondrously clear daybreak.
For 400 years, Black women have been freedom fighters while holding up families, households, businesses, and organizations.
There is a saying that women hold up half the sky.
In the African-American community, women hold up much more.
With loving respect from Black men, the sky is the limit for Black women.
Gloria J. Browne- Marshall, an Associate Professor of Constitutional Law at John Jay College, in New York City, is a legal correspondent covering the U.S. Supreme Court, the United Nations, and major legal issues. She is author of “Race, Law, and American Society: 1607 to Present.” Twitter:@GBrowneMarshall
The point is, even by sexualizing women to make an ostensibly parodic commentary on how hip-hop sexualizes women, you are still sexualizing women. And even if your dancers are well-treated and knew what their job was beforehand, you’re still mocking those who dance for real in rap videos for potentially a myriad of reasons, and/ or assuming that they don’t know what they’re doing, or that they are victims. That is racially problematic at best. And when you’re the fully-clothed white woman at the center, and your video director is still working with the same slow-mo ass shots as the ones you seem to want to satire (his direct inspiration: “what was the most hip-hop thing you could ever do?”)—well, that shit is definitely racially problematic, and particularly so in a banner year for twerking and white women treating black women as props.
It’s such a shame, because beyond the “ironic objectification” and pretty dunderheaded generalizations about hip-hop, the song could have been good—a real-talk “critique of sexism in the industry,” as Pitchfork enthused. This video says to me that Allen’s feminism applies only to Allen and her ilk. It’s white feminism to the max.
Monique Morris, author of the forthcoming book “Black Stats: African Americans by the Numbers in the Twenty-first Century,” told New America Media that not only would a young black female victim not be in the public eye, but the type of conversation that followed Martin’s death wouldn’t happen:
As with boys, the “talk” with black girls and young women is also a discussion about racism in America; and as with boys, it should include tips for how to be safe in the presence of law enforcement and include clear instructions about how to behave when they are suspected of wrongdoing in the presence of someone with a gun,” she said. “But the talk also requires a candid discussion about sexism and patriarchy in our society and our racial justice movements. Our girls need to know how to identify sexism in all its forms, how to understand the ways it intersects with racism to create problematic narratives about the femininity of girls of color, and how their own education and self-determination can change these narratives and their devastating effects on policies and practices associated with education, justice, and the economy.
Why don’t we talk about young black females? - MPR
Though famed entertainer Josephine Baker ultimately flew in from France and was granted a speaking slot at the march, the organizers faced criticism that the initial March on Washington program featured no female speakers. As a result they created a special “Tribute to Negro Women Fighters for Freedom.” Myrlie Evers was supposed to be the featured speaker for the tribute, but she was unable to attend at the last minute. (Her name, however, was already listed on the program and would remain there.)
The other women listed to be honored in the tribute included Diane Nash, co-founder of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee; Prince Lee, the widow of murdered civil rights activist Herbert Lee; Rosa Parks; Daisy Bates, who had served as head of the Arkansas NAACP during the Little Rock Nine crisis; and Gloria Richardson, co-founder of Cambridge Nonviolent Action Committee.
Richardson, who is now 91, took some time to share her memories from that day as well as her perspectives on Russell Simmons, President Obama and the modern-day civil rights movement.
When asked for her most profound memory from the March on Washington, Richardson lit up. “The thousands of people that came and the buses! And then the whole energy from those people there, but then I had a bad experience,” she explained. “Because when I got to the platform they took my chair away.”
Asked to elaborate, Richardson recalled that there was a separate tent for the female speakers. When the other women exited, she thought they were headed to the ladies’ room before the official program began. She sat there alone in the tent until march organizer Bayard Rustin came frantically looking for her and explained that she was about to miss the program.
This is likely where they were when Richardson thought they had disappeared to the powder room.
By the time Richardson arrived to the stage with Rustin, her chair with her name on it had been removed. “Lena Horne and Josephine Baker said, ‘They took your chair away. You need to raise hell.’ ” The indignities didn’t end there. Though Richardson had specifically been invited to give two-minute remarks, she recalls that when her name was called and she approached the microphone, “As soon as I said ‘hello’ the marshal took the mic away.” She added, “I thought it was such a great occasion that all of those people from all over the country had gotten there, that I didn’t raise hell, I just went on about my business.”
But the most disappointing moment came later. Richardson missed what was widely considered the march’s highlight. “Before it ended, two marshals came to Lena Horne and me — she had been taking Rosa around to take her around to European satellite stations and saying, ‘This is the woman who started the Montgomery Bus Boycott.’ So before it was over, these marshals came over, saying they thought we’d be overwhelmed [by fans] and escorted us out, so when Martin [Luther King, Jr.] spoke, we were in a cab on the way back to the hotel.
Asked if she believes female civil rights activists were treated as second-class citizens, she said, “Oh, yes! Oh, yes! In terms of the march, yes.”
— Joy Goh-Mah - Why are Black Female Victims Seemingly Invisible?
— Mike Tyson