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Monday
Aug172015

NWA: When Culture is a Carpet Bomb and the Village is on Vacation - #StraightOuttaMisogyny

Unsurprisingly the NWA biopic, Straight Outta Compton was number 1 at the box office. No one ever said that there wasn't money in misogyny or Black pathology. There's a whole lot of money in it - just turn on a radio or a television screen.

In promoting the movie and being confronted with how NWA treated women in real life and in their music, Ice Cube made this reassuring statement for those of us who are "upstanding":



If you're a bitch, you're probably not going to like us. If you're a ho, you probably don't like us. If you're not a ho or a bitch, don't be jumping to the defense of these despicable females. Just like I shouldn't be jumping to the defense of no punks or no cowards or no slimy son of a bitches that's men. I never understood why an upstanding lady would even think we're talking about her. Rolling Stone


In other words, Black women, we need to "bootstrap" our way out of the systemic violence, sexism and misogyny of the Black community by being "upstanding" women. And we need to trust the men, boys, women and girls engaged in the violent abuse and oppression of Black women and girls to know which of us deserve to be raped, tortured and killed and which ones do not. How magnanimous of Ice Cube.

I find it interesting that people are arguing that this movie had to be made because of NWA's significance on the culture, but out of the other side of their mouths argue that NWA's depiction of Black women and their actually treatment of women was culturally insignificant?

That logic makes no sense to me mainly because I am not a delusional liar.  Either they impacted the culture or they didn't. That meant the good and the bad.

When young Black men face systemic assaults, the entire village is responsible for helping to protect them and raise them up. In fact, even mentioning any aspect of personal responsibility  or being "upstanding" related to Black men and boys is heresy. 

Talking about bootstraps or behaviors or personal choices of young Black men is forbidden. No matter what these young men and boys did or did not do, we must pour into the streets in their defense to protect them from the system.

Oh but when Black women and girls are the victims of systemic oppression and abuse, we largely stay home. And when Black women and girls are the victims of systemic gendered violence within the Black community, we actually take up the cause of their abusers and cross examine the victim to see what she did to provoke it. Or we argue that the crime was no-big-deal as long as the girl didn't die.

In other words, it takes a village - UNLESS you're a Black woman or girl and then the "village" is on vacation.

At its worst, culture is not laser targeted, it is like a cluster bomb. When culture is a carpet bomb, it's not just the despicable females that get pummeled. The blast radius of these attacks on Black women was always and will always be larger than despicable females.

If you don't want to live in a world with the cultural bombs of women being raped tortured and abused, street harassed, beaten up, verbally and psychologically assaulted, marginalized and otherwise attacked, then you need to be anti cultural bomb.

Because these idiots could never be that precise and eventually the bomb purportedly meant for the despicable female on the other side of town (or the other side of the world) is going to land on your front lawn.

 

Reader Comments (3)

"No matter what these young men and boys did or did not do, we must pour into the streets in their defense to protect them from the system."

Yep. Because all Black men are innocent and deserve protection. Black women and girls --- not so much.

Sad to see that Ice Cube, despite his mainstream acceptance and success, cannot apologize for the misogyny of NWA.

August 18, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterPatricia Kayden

All abusive men think their victim(s) "deserved" it. If you go to a prison, violent inmates of all races and economic backgrounds almost always, without fail, think that their actions were righteous and justified, that they were only punishing "bad" women or men.

Who made Ice Cube God that he can decide which women are upstanding and which deserve violence and abuse? You can bet the "despicable women" have done nothing wrong except not dress modestly enough for his taste, or acted too assertive and independent -- which is "unladylike" to men like Ice Cube.

August 18, 2015 | Unregistered Commentergrace

@Patricia Kayden

Ice Cube hasn't apologized because he hasn't faced enough pressure...yet.

However, as "Straight Out of Compton" continues to top the box office, expect growing numbers of bloggers no matter race, gender, etc. to ask when Ice Cube will apologize for his history of misogyny. This in turn will cause the Old Media like the New York Times to pick up the story to avoid being upstaged by the New Media (i.e., bloggers).

So, I think it's a matter of when not if Ice Cube joins Dr. Dre in the long overdue apology to Black women.

August 24, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterFred

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