Skip to comments.THE BRIDGE: Black Men Hate Black Women
Posted on 07/02/2008 1:08:52 PM PDT by Coffee200am
*Now that I have your attention, you have to know that the title is far from the truth.
At least it is for any sane person, but not for a growing number of Black women who are now using the R. Kelly acquittal to bolster their claim that Black men hate Black women.
Before I deal with that, let me tell you a story.
It was the mid-nineties and I was hanging out with Jermaine Dupri at the Santa Monica airport in California, where R & B group Jagged Edge was filming one of their videos.
It was Summertime and the honeys were out in big numbers--legs, breasts and butt cleavage on display for all to see.
These honeys were in line to be chosen for participation in the Jagged Edge video and what happened next stayed with me for a while.
Jermaine pointed to the line and said: DJ, watch this, man.
I watched as the young Black women in the line foisted breasts, hiked up skirts and exposed as much flesh as possible the closer they got to the front of the line.
I asked Jermaine if this was usual and he shook his head and replied: Its like this all the time.
Over the years, I learned that such is the behavior of the so-called Video Hoes, who are painted by some as strong independent women and by others as victims of sexism.
While I always have problems with such labels as Video Hoes, I have an even bigger problem with blaming their behavior on sexism. Particularly knowing that their avocation is an unpaid one.
I have yet an even bigger problem when Black women pretend that the existence of Video Hoes is only at the behest of the Black men who make the music. It leaves so many people out of the loop.
It leaves out parents, educators, the media and of course, the women themselves who participate in the degradation of their own image and standing in society.
It also ignores the dichotomy of public opinion regarding music videos, music and sexism, which frankly draws a line down the middle of Black womanhood. Some Black women celebrate the sexual imagery in entertainment, while others decry it and blame it solely on Black men.
But, if Black women can not reach a consensus about crucial issues including sexism and misogyny, then how can anyone expect a consensus from Black men, particularly if they are only watching?
I guess I could have put the cape on and flew to the rescue of those poor victims at the Jagged Edge video, but anyone with half a brain knows that none of those women would have come with me to safety. In fact, I would have been laughed at and cursed out and possibly even assaulted.
So why do some Black women continue to blame Black men for any and everything that happens to any of them?
And why do some Black women claim that because Black women are subject to sexist views and sexist behavior it is only because Black men are failing to protect them or because Black men actually hate Black women?
Simple: Because it is the path of least resistance since anyone can say anything about Black men and very few will come to their defense.
I mean, really, we must ask ourselves: Has it been open season on Black women, or on Black people?
Now, back to R. Kelly.
I tried to stay out of the discussion about whether he was the man in the video and whether the young girl was a victim and whether he should be jailed, because, for me, the man deserved a trial before being convicted and punished.
Some people compare it to the OJ Simpson case and claim that African Americans dont care if a Black person is guilty or notthey just want to see them go free.
And its also a damned lie.
African Americans are not so unsophisticated that they just want any famous Black person to go free simply because they are famous. In fact, its quite the opposite.
Black people who cheered for OJ did so because the evidence was not evidence at all. They cheered for his acquittal because whites with the same level of evidence had been acquitted. In fact, most Black people dont really care about OJ, because they know hes an idiot.
Its just that we understand the justice system and if they can get off, so should we.
For example, there was and still is no moral outrage over filmmaker Roman Polanski, who admitted to raping an underage girl and then fled the country to evade prosecution. There are no extradition efforts and no outrage from women who want his art boycotted and/or to use him as an icon for the sexual abuse of women. Further, he was given a standing ovation at the Academy Awards a few years ago.
The people who cheered for R. Kelly understood that no matter how much people became emotionally involved, he could not be convicted simply because people wanted him to be convicted.
The tape was not evidence enough, as demonstrated in many cases involving police brutality caught on tape.
And the witnesses, including the alleged victim who swore she was not the person on the tape and the woman who stole from Kelly and admitted to extortion were not enough.
For all the crowing about Black men not protecting Black women, this case shows clearly that apparently many Black women arent willing to protect themselves, as evidenced by the cheering of Black women over Kellys acquittal.
What is also sad and very confusing is that in light of Black womens failure to stand up for Black women, groups of Black women are still willing to give too much focus to chiding Black men about standing up for Black women.
WhatAboutOurDaughters.com, a site run by Black women, admitted that during the R. Kelly trial, it was Black women and not Black men who acted the most disturbing in their defense of R. Kelly.
Yet, the site has posted and is promoting a petition targeting Black men and their need to stand up for Black women by battling the exploitation of their daughters, sisters and wives.
Something is wrong with that. Where is the petition for Black women to stand up, or the petition for Black women to stop participating in their own exploitation?
Its not that I am opposed to the protection of Black women. I just think it is a mistake to lay the burden of protection solely at the feet of Black men.
I also think it is a grave mistake to link the defense of Black women and girls to the allegedly unjust acquittal of one man. Leave R. Kelly alone, because there is nothing there.
We would do better to launch unified defense campaigns of Black women and girls, simply because it is the right thing to do. We should do so because we love and cherish Black women and girls and they should be defended.
Its said that some people think we need an icon.
Why not go after all the media outlets that facilitate the soft porn of Black women?
Why not go afterand I know this wont be popularthe very Black women who participate in and facilitate the destruction of Black women and girls?
And while were at it, why not go after the Black women who participate in and facilitate the destruction of Black men and boys?
Reallywhos hating whom?
Next Week: Black Women Hate Black Men
Darryl James is an award-winning author of the forthcoming powerful anthology Notes From The Edge. Discounted Autographed and Numbered Pre-Release copies can be ordered at www.darryljames.com. He released his first mini-movie, Crack, and this year, will release his first full-length documentary. View previous installments of this column at www.bridgecolumn.proboards36.com. Reach James at firstname.lastname@example.org
Isn’t an Arab of Semitic heritage? I thought his father was African.
Black people who cheered for OJ did so because the evidence was not evidence at all
There's a lot of white people on death row with a lot less evidence than the prosecution had in the OJ trial. OJ was found innocent because of the defense playing the race card. The jury never even heard the evidence.
And Maryland, the big lib state, had a chance to elect a black governor last election and did not.
Because Steele was a REPUBLICAN,thats why he was defeated,not cause he was black.
Had he fallen in line with the liberal agenda or even played moderate Democrat,he would have been elected.
The liberals still had a chance to vote for him. What was the black vote break down for Steele?
Lots of people on FR keep tossing around the statistic that Obama is 7/16 Arab, but exactly what is the evidence for this? Does it even make sense, given the tribal background and appearance of his father, that the father could possibly have been 7/8 Arab?
His father, evidently according to Kenyan law, is an Arab.
OJ grew up in the housing projects of Potrero Hill and went to Galileo High,a very integrated school at the time.
I grew up in and around San Francisco.I hate to generalize but many black men in San Francisco tend to gravitate toward white women or see them as the ideal phenotype.Even in the early Sixties,you would see numerous black male-white female couples.I wonder if this social tendency influenced OJ.
Its true there are many black Arabs.That part of the world has a long history of trade and slave raiding by Arabs since the Eighth Century.
Yet Obama’s dad certainly doesn’t LOOK like a traditional Arab.Do you say that because he was a Muslim?
Its kind of a running joke among black women that the brothers will hit on a white woman,”Eight to Eighty,blind,crippled or crazy”.
Not sure it THATS so but you do see a lot of black men with VERY rotund white women.
Of course,beauty standards for many black men include”healthy,big boned”women so maybe thats understandable.
Within the last 10 days. I've searched back to 31 July so far, haven't found it yet. It's there, never fear.
See post 73.
Obama has never acknowledged any Arab background.I don’t think its anything that would derail his Presidential ambitions,however or influence many votes.
He had no choice who his parents were.
And it's also a damned lie.
Maybe, but I worked with several black women who were certain that he did it the night it happened. They were equally sure that the "ho" deserved it.
Don’t fool yourself-those women know whats happening.They just are under the illusion that”having a man”is worth putting up with the cheating.
Black women collaborate in their own oppression since most have such low self esteem.And forget about all those”tough bad ass sistas”nonsense.Its all a front to hide a lot of hurt and pain.
“Personally,I felt little emotion at the acquital.”
Me either. I was surprised but that’s about it.
“No,society has notmoved beyond all that.Lots of these old angers just fester and marinate until the appropriate time when they explode with vehemence.”
Seems extremely one-sided. Besides, what “old angers” does anyone under the age of 60 really have? A few white guys got away with murder 50 years ago? When can we expect these “old angers” to subside? Ever?
I’m sorry but that’s just a lame excuse for acting in a hateful manner.
I think its something twisted in the human condition that keeps these age old racial animosities alive.
For example,in my forty years on and off working in urban schools,I have seen way more INTRA racial hate and anger than the other way around.Black kids will pound the crap out of each other,harass black females and call each other the worst kind of names but as soon as a Mexican or Asian does something against a black kid,its on-the blacks all unite against “the other”.
I went to all white schools.Most white kids talked bad about”the niggers”but would run away real fast if they saw four or more blacks together.The big prejudice back then was against Jews.Lots of the Italian and Irish kids didn’t think much of the”kikes”.Jealousy in my opinion.The Jewish kids dominated the honor rolls in the same ways Asian kids do today.