UPDATE: This column, originally posted on July 20, 2015, referenced the sheer indifference to women in #BlackLivesMatter.
Largely because — the lives of black women — don’t seem to matter to black men.
As is continually demonstrated by the most vocal “Deray” (who describes himself as an “Educator” and “Connector,”) Shaun King and media in general, clearly Black Lives Matter – as long as it’s black, male lives.
On July 20, 2015, the first line was:
“Not for another second can I stomach the con of the male dominated #BLACK LIVES MATTER”
Fast forward to August 10, 2015 and more evidence this is true, helpfully provided by Deray and Shaun King. Thanks guys!
Not one tweet about that. From Deray or Shaun King. Naturally, their defense might be “We are only addressing police killing blacks.”
My response? Where is your humanity when six little kids are shot execution style?
I ask because Deray’s thoughts did turn to one black woman. The day after the public became aware of the execution style slaughter of six little kids, Deray tweeted, “Serena” on August 10, 2015.
Then, a bonus tweet! On the day of the slaughter of eight,
Deray remembered the football player killed by police. Because. Black. Lives. Matter.
Neither Deray or Shaun King, will spare so much as a moment for that. No,
“Poor little kids. That’s awful!”
Matt Pearce wrote a piece about how women cope with sexism in BlackLivesMatter….but gotta wonder why Deray wasn’t interviewed. He manages to coddle up to reporters a lot.
(Also, Deray’s attention to the fake, independent investigation surrounding the jail death of Sandra Bland: Zero.
In fairness, as demonstrated, the rest of media wasn’t interested in the Bland cover-up, either.)
So once again:
Time for a big reality check when it comes to black murders. Deray and Shaun King and you too, ACLU (the organization that abandoned poor women in a New York minute for the more lucrative DINKS (double income, no kids gays) who were only too happy to donate the coffers of the ACLU.) it’s time media outed that by your words and actions, the only lives that concern you, are male.
The numbers below clearly prove a large number of black men do not believe the lives of black women, matter.
What’s Deray and Shaun King done to reverse these substantial numbers? Why are they interviewed and not the many black women?
Did I miss something? Are these guys racing around the country to promote their manly cause on network TV, as vocal about the right of black women to live?
Only in passing my friends. Only in passing.
And then, there’s this from black women. Something Deborah Gray White is speaking about…and is on the Black Lives Matter, website.
“But the underlying message in White’s narrative is also true: many simply will not hear what she has to say. Unfortunately, there is a long and documented history of black women fighting on behalf of and simultaneously being ignored within black social movement. White stands among a long line of storytellers. Like White makes visible the deeds, lives, sufferings and thrivings of black women, too often made absent”
Also: Media. As in why isn’t media interviewing Deborah Gray White, Mary Helen Washigton, Paula Giddings, and Darlene Clark Hine? What’s up with that?
It’s a rhetorical question.
Women not living or to put it more succinctly, getting murdered by men is the huge problem American media is only too happy to ignore. Right along with those men screaming #BlackLivesMatter – excluding black women – unless it’s to assign them a seat in the back. After they bring lunch.
Kudos to Black women who are now speaking up about this. Especially because media isn’t concentrating resources around equality for women. Excluding the sensational murders here and there.
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USA – Just kidding!
I already told ya: No reports. Media favors silence! #MediaFAIL
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Which makes this statement true: The male proponents of #BlackLivesMatter, as well as all men who are Not Actively trying to to advance equal rights for women (including; hi neighbors!) are no better than our current members of Congress.
In an age of Congress not only blocking women from equal pay, military women are demoted, transferred, and lose medical benefits for reporting rapes and other sexual assaults to their largely male, commanding officers – men screaming, “BlackLivesMatters”
produces a hollow sound. Absent women, the BlackLivesMatter picture in its present state is not working for me.
This is especially true given our Congress has been shooting down equal rights for women, for decades.
[Sidebar: welcome gay rights activists! Welcome gay men, to the world of women! So not pretty.]
One more thing. Sandra Bland is not news. See “Driving While Female – 2002.”
And it appears the dashboard video disputes the police report. Would rather media interview the women of Black Lives Matter. Specifically not, men.
Sadly, in Sandra’s case, she had the misfortune of apply for a job in Texas. Where former judges are in prison for trying to hire hit men for their ex-wives. And lets not forget Deanna Cook. Deanna Cook called 9-1-1 which recorded her murder. But the cops came – and left. Without checking. (And by the way media: how about an investigation and report on the hiring practices of these departments?)
Deanna Cook’s body was discovered by her female relatives two days later.
White Privilege – rethink that
In an age where male minorities toss off phrases of “White privilege” it’s important to understand “white privilege” does not universally apply to all white women. Ask Bill Cosby about that. And how is it men haven’t wondered why police didn’t prosecute him?
When will men march for women?
Having worked for civil rights for blacks and gays, (while some of my friends are African-American; largely my friends of color simply identify as “Black”) for decades: am done without Reciprocity.
Anyone asking my help must first answer what they have done to advance equal rights for women. Also, this means ix-nay on niche legislators @ToniAtkins. Toni’s idea of “justice for all” concerns transgendered kids. Not women.
(Toni likewise won’t entertain the idea of the solution for family crime victims. Ever the niche politician, Toni is okay with ignoring the safety of 50% of the people in her area; and how scary is that?)
When black men get serious about the rights of black women, then I will believe they believe #BlackLivesMatter – but not one minute before. Their refusal to act accordingly, is harmful to All women. Color doesn’t matter – and enough is enough.
Last: Black women get reciprocity.
The practice of exchanging things with others for mutual benefit.Am glad black women are beginning to speak up.