Tuesday, August 19, 2008 at 9:58AM The Blogmother
Why do I own four copies of the September issue of ESSENCE magazine? No, not because Michelle Obama is on the cover, but because page 146 highlights the story of Dorothy Dixon, the mentally disabled 29-year-old pregnant Black woman that was tortured to death in a house of horrors. A case as gruesome as any I have heard of, yet absent from MSM. The article also highlights other Black women and GIRLS who have been brutally killed while pregnant such at Cheri Washington and Chauntae Jones .
I won't give away all of the details. Pop into Walgreens, CVS, 7-11 or wherever magazines are sold today and check it out. In the interest of full disclosure, I wrote it, but I would have mentioned it anyway because I don't know of another major media outlet, other than some Chicago newspapers that have even mentioned Dorothy Dixon's case.
Writing for this blog is easy. Its like painting with a keyboard. My thoughts go from my brain to my keyboard and viola, there is a post, albeit, a post riddled with typos. Writing for someone else is excruciatingly difficult and the background for this story was rough because I had to read about very young teenage Black girls who were basically lambs led to slaughter. Trustingly going off with a man that they thought "loved" them.
They would go meet the father of their children, typically older or MUCH older men and boys and then they would be brutally ambushed. BRUTALLY.I'm talking baseball bats, knives, duct tape, being buried alive by the fathers of their children and in almost all of the cases, someone else knew about it and witnessed it, but didn't stop it. These men didn't just want to kill them, they wanted to punish these teenage Black girls. For what? What did they have to be angry about?
Endangered Black Male.
I point out the difference in response to Black women and girls being slaughtered and our community's never ending quest to preserve young Black men. CNN and ESSENCE did a poll about the quality of life for Black men vs. Black women over the past 10 years. Now after that hatchet job CNN has been doing on Black folks for the last month, I don't trust much that they put out about us now, but you might find it interesting that they are claiming that most Americans believe conditions have improved for Black women over the past 10 years while only 35% of Black folks believe conditions have improved for Black men. Concrete Loop. Meaning, Black men are suffering disproportionately to Black women. In what world? Have you looked at a music video recently? I can assure you if ten years is your benchmark, we're doing worse on at least one front.
We razz them about their obsession with Kim Porter and the editorial slant that being a single Black woman is a fate worse than death, but long before they ever knew my name, back in the days when I was a subscriber, ESSENCE covered crimes against Black women and girls. Therefore, I temporarily ended my ESSENCE embargo and purchased a few copies.
Other Tidbits from the Issue
In addition to the article, they have a lovely photo spread of the Obama family looking lovely. They may be obsessed with selling us on the suckiness of singlehood, but ESSENCE knows how to print beautiful photographs of Black folks. The issue also had some good recipes ( there is a chili on page 206 I am going to try) They mentioned that The Secret Lives of Bees is coming out October 17th featuring Jennifer Hudson, Alicia Keyes, Dakota Fanning and Queen Latifah. There is an essay on the very last page by Iyanla Vanzant ( I know. I know). It caught my eye because of this featured quote
"Just because you can take the punch doesn't mean you have to stand in front of the fist."
Who decreed that our lives had to be HARD. That Black women had to endure? You're not proving how strong you are by staying in a ridiculous situation. Get out----while you still can.