Last week I wrote a post featuring jaw dropping statistics about the genocide on expectant and new Black mothers. I discussed why that number is so ridiculously high in a radio interview for WFPL out of Louisville. It's probably one of the best I've done in 6 years on the issue of violence against Black women because the host, Dr. Kaila was just as knowledgeable, if not more knowledgeable, as I was on the issue. My portion of the show starts at the 5:00 mark and I think the best part of the discussion is at the 17:00 minute mark when we talk about POWER in the Black community and how SOME Black men participate and benefit from the oppression of Black women. It's the kind of conversation you will NEVER hear in a major Black forum. They also interviewedfilmmaker Aishah Shahidah Simmons the director of NO! The Rape Documentary, an examination of sexual assault in communities of color.
Once again, I mention Getting Played: African American Girls, Urban Inequality, and Gendered Violence its an encyclopedia of violence against teenage Black girls and if you don't have it in your library, you should consider adding it.
Last week's post about Kasandra Perkins went viral. First, organically, people shared on Tumblr, Twitter, and Facebook. I was happy that the ridiculous statistics about Black maternal homicide were being publicized.
The Crucifixion of Kasandra Perkins:Victim Blaming, Black Maternal Homicide and Stupiditywhataboutourdaughters.com/waod/2012/12/3…— Melissa Harris-Perry (@MHarrisPerry) December 8, 2012
By the end of the week, the stat had made it to some of the larger sites- though we heard CRICKETS out of the major Black news sites about the fact that Black women are seven times more likely to be killed while pregnant or within a year of child birth and 11 times more likely to be murdered if they are between the ages of 25 and 29.
The radio interview goes into some structural causes, but I suspect part of the problem are wretched or nonexistent coping skills.