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Sep212014

Civil Rights "Leaders" Najee Ali and Earl Ofari Hutchison DEMAND Apology from Black Woman Whose Civil Rights were Violated #KissingWhileBlack

I passed on the Django Unchained #KissingWhileBack story when y'all sent it to me A) because Daniele Watts was doing THE MOST in photographs of her in handcuffs and B) I didn't believe the "we were just kissing and they arrested us" story. We live in the age of Knee Jerk reactions and Hashtag and Headlines Activism. I knew there was more to the story and I wanted to hear the "more."

The lack of facts, however, didn't stop LA's self-proclaimed "Civil Rights Leaders" Najee Ali and Earl Ofari Hutchison from attempting to shoehorn their way into Daniele Watt's media spotlight after she alleged that the LAPD detained for kissing her boyfriend in public.   After audio of Watt's police interaction was released along with photos of Watts appearing to be having "relations" with ther boyfriend in broad daylight with a car door open, the LAPD is calling Watts and liar, and Najee Ali and Earl Ofari Hutchison are demanding an apology. 

"I was one that was very outspoken about it," he said. "We take racial profiling very seriously. It's not a play thing. It's not trivial." Earl Ofari Hutchison

You take this seriously yet you mobilized having NO FACTS? #KneeGrowPlease

And they had the nerve to call a press conference!

Notwithstanding that Watt's rights were probably violated*, have you ever ever ever in life EVER heard of a "Civil Rights" "leader" asking a Black man to apologize to them under similar circumstances?Modern "Civil Rights leaders" routinely crusade on the basis of perceived racial slights. Watts maintains that her detention was race-based and if the perception of racial bias is sufficient for Black institutions to rally on behalf of Black men, then that standard should also apply to Black women.

Does anyone remember a time EVER in the history of your life when Civil Rights leaders have demanded that the prop ( that they did not vet) used in a knee-jerk crusade apologize? EVER?

The CRIC has no problem with mobilizing on behalf of ACTUAL Black criminals- even when the victims of those Black criminals are Black women and girls.  In fact, Black (male) criminals are the rallying cry of most modern "civil rights" activism. Part of that makes sense - 50% of the prison population isn't Black because Black people are more likely to be criminals than White people.

Ironically, is exactly this type of police encounter that leads to the over representation of Black people in prison--illegal detentions and the use of discretion in charging and prosecution.

If Hutchison and Ali were really "Civil Rights leaders," they would have scheduled a meeting with the head of the LAPD to discuss potential training issues related to A) detaining someone for failure to show ID, B) detaining someone for being belligerent, and C)detaining one person engaged in a public sex act while allowing the other to go free and possible D) de-escalation techniques in cases involving possible mental illness/emotional instability. These are all law enforcement training issues that a legitimate civil rights leader would have championed.

But Hutchison and Ali aren't Civil Rights leaders. They are attention seeking carnival barkers who saw a bright light and jumped in front of it - it isn't Watt's fault that the bright light was attached to the front of a freight train.

But back to my point. Their demand of an apology from Watts is indicative of sexism and misogyny that is embedded into the DNA of the CRIC. The CRIC routinely marginalizes and dehumanizes Black women and girls. The CRIC routinely ignores or actually helps to facilitate the abuse of Black women and girls. And when they DO rally on our behalf, they have the audacity to demand purity and perfection - something they NEVER demand of the Black men they champion.

I'll demand an apology from a Black woman when "civil rights" groups demand an apology from Genarlow Wilson, Mike Tyson, Benjamin Chavis and any number of Black men who they've rallied around after acting boorishly and illegally. Just charge this one against the overdue balance that the CRIC (Civil Rights Industrial Complex) owes Black women in general, it will still take a lifetime for repayment of the blood sweat and tears Black women have invested in the CRIC with negative rates of return

*In 'Murica!, we don't have to show our papers or be polite to police. If there was probable cause to arrest her for public sex acts, then the boyfriend should have been cuffed too. She was detained because she didn't show ID and didn't defer to law enforcement- not crimes.

Some stories about excessive use of force used on Black women you might have missed while following this circus:

California Highway patrol Officer Accused of Police Brutality

ASU Professor Slammed to the Ground after Jaywalking and Failure to ID

 

Monday
Sep152014

Black Women Make Shocking Discovery: Money to Be Made Meeting Each Other's Needs

I'm working on an Ebola fundraiser right now for the WAOD community, but I have a couple more questions to get answered, but until then, here is a post to hold you over.

In the same week that news outlets published reports that unemployment rates for Black women increased in that last two years while rates for every other group, Black went down, the New York Times published an article  about the growing number of Black women who are opening up beauty supply stores and launching their own natural hair care lines.

From MSNBC on the misery and woe:

Adult black females in August posted an unemployment rate of 10.6 percent, the same rate that group registered in August 2013 — while during that span unemployment rates decreased for black men, white men, white women, Latino men, Latino women, and adult Asian Americans, according to the latest federal labor figures.

Some economic experts — and some out-of-work black women — assert the numbers lead them to one uneasy conclusion: racial and gender hiring biases are blocking many adult females from regaining prerecession financial footholds. MSNBC

The NY Times story is more hopeful.

In South Florida, Ms. Graham-Campbell of Alikay Naturals recently made the biggest announcement of her career to her nearly 100,000 YouTube subscribers: Her line of organic hair creams, oils and conditioners for black women, products she had cooked up in her kitchen, was hitting the shelves of Target stores.

Ms. Graham-Campbell, 27, started her business with $100 as a college student, marketing her products on YouTube and selling them on Etsy. Now her videos can draw as many as 200,000 views from fans. “They want to know, who’s the face behind the brand?” she said. “Are you able to relate to my hair, are you able to relate to my struggles and to my journey of being natural?”

Most of all, she said, she loves hearing from women who notice her photo on Alikay bottles. They tell her that they tell their children: “Someone that looks like you makes that product.” NY Times

As someone with natural hair, I am one of the 200,000 who has watched her videos and I've tried her products as well. Good for her.

So what is our lesson today?

I took both articles as a sign that Black women need to focus as much on being entrepreneurial as they do on "moving up the career ladder" and getting a "safe job." No such thing. One of the largest markets we have is each other.

Monday
Sep082014

You Don't Need to Know Why Janay Palmer Rice Stayed:Compassion and Perfection

This morning, TMZ Sports released video of former Baltimore Ravens running back, Ray Rice punching his then girlfriend, Janay Palmer in the head and knocking her out. We commented briefly on this when they got married a month later, but at the time, police sources were saying that the altercation between the two was brutal. I encourage you to skip watching the video-many people have said they regret watching.

This was posted over on the WAOD Facebook Fan Page:

Sheena RoyalLadi M Ray Rice should be ashamed for using marriage as a veil of respect and love. And, his wife, then girlfriend, should also be ashamed for marrying her abuser. Get out now, girl! WAOD FanPage

And this:

Tonya Robinson Why is everyone so bothered and worried about this woman??? He hit her not once but twice and apparently she IS NOT bothered by it at all because she was his GIRLFRIEND then and she is his WIFE now. Everyone has an opinion about everything today and they rant and rave forever on subjects that have nothing to do with them at all. He hit her not anyone of you and you are all on fire. Why not take that energy and apply it to something positive in your wonderful lives and be done with the one you are so upset with. Quite frankly she has moved on and accepted what happened because she FURTHERED the relationship after, creating an official bond with her abuser. I am going to take a guess and say none of you are in an abusive relationship (I hope), so move on and let their negativity be just that THEIR NEGATIVITY and don't allow it to become yours. Oh and before anyone says I am defending Rice let me stop you and say YOU'RE WRONG as two left feet. No woman should be knocked out by a man but she should want to leave.You don't need to know why Janay stayed.  Your condemnation of her decision to marry Ray Rice isn't likely to increase the liklihood that Janay leaves Rice. You calling her names is basically another version of the abuse metted out by Ray Rice. -WAOD Fan Page

If you're a fully grown person, at some point you've interacted with another grown person whose significant other treats them like garbage.

Why they stay is a mystery. I've encountered situations like this  on multiple occasions and I'll never receive an answer that is satisfactory to me even if they came up with an explanation. I'm not entitled to an explanation, nor am I obligated to go along with the wild and crazy rides of other people's abusive relationships.

What I do know is that it often takes multiple attempts to leave an abusive relationship and the most dangerous time for women in abusive relationships is when they try to leave.  So the only thing you need to know is whether society, in general, or Janay Palmer's network of family and friends, in particular, have created an environment to make sure that she is safe and taken care of when and if she decides to leave.

It's normal to want to know "why"? But resist the urge. Knowing "why" doesnt change the fact that even if Janay Rice never leaves, she doesn't deserve to be beaten.

To those of you who can't spare any compassion towards Janay Palmer Rice without "knowing" why she stayed, I pity you.  I hope you reach a point in your personal development where your compassion doesn't require perfection.

Previous Posts:

Reason #517 To Delay The Wedding (Ray Rice and Janay Palmer): The Groom Just Got Indicted for Beating Up the Bride

In Search of the Perfect Black Girl Victim: Dymond Milburn

Sunday
Jul132014

Ebony.com Finally Runs Promised Series on Rape and Sexual Assault:Better Incredibly Late than Never?

Breaking my blogcation to announce that Ebony.com is thwarting my plans to celebrate the two-year anniversary since they made this failed promise to their audience:

 

Our controversial story on Genarlow Wilson, a young man who was convicted of child molestation at age 17, raised a myriad of issues of pressing importance to the Black community....

In addition, we are developing a three-part editorial series to educate Black America about these issues and to provide a platform for the powerful voices of women who have been affected by rape and sexual molestation. We encourage everyone to join this conversation. --Ebony.com (July 14, 2012)

My sources tell me that they are finally going to run their promised series.... two years later.

Click to read more ...

Sunday
Jun082014

On Blogcation. Be back In the Fall. Facebook. Subscribe to Blog for updates. 

It's officially time for my annual blogcation. Yes, I pumped the breaks somewhere in January.  I will continue to post on the WAOD Facebook Fan Page, but I have no intention of posting on the blog for the next three months.  If you want to receive an email whem I start posting again, you can subscribe to the RSS feed. If you can figure out my Twitter ID, I'll probably be posting over there occasionally as well.

Get off the internet. Go outdoors. Relax, read a book and dance on tables... or whatever.