>Do black male victims have a priority over black female victims?

>Scores of black men and women, both young and old, descended onto Jena, Louisiana, to protest the harsh sentences of six black teenagers given by the justice system. While I was pleased to see my brothers and sisters speaking out on the obvious disparity in the legal system, a couple of events that are as heinous and deplorable as the Jena 6 case have made me question the response from black “leaders” and the black community as a whole.

In the case of the Dunbar Village beating, rape and sodomy of a Hatian immigrant and her son by a gang of black teenaged boys, black “leaders,” activists, media figures and community dwellers have remained silent about this case. There have been no protests on behalf of this mother and her son. There have been no call for equal treatment under the law for what these thugs did to the mother and her son. There have been no “No Justice, No Peace” marches. There has been no outrage. There has been dead silence.

In the West Virginia case of a 20-year-old black female who was tortured, raped and beaten repeatedly by six whites, while this case has generated talk about what this woman was subjected to, no one has descended onto this town and demand justice. After all, these six suspects won’t be charged with a federal hate crime. So, I guess holding a black woman hostage and yelling racial slurs at her doesn’t constitute a hate crime.

I have pondered the question of whether black male victims of injustice get more publicity than black female victims of crime and injustice. Why does the black community turn its back on the degredation of black women, the defiling of black women and the hate of black women? Even if it’s committed by the hands of a black man, we still do not take her cries seriously.

In the Dunbar Village case, why has no one expressed outrage at the heinous acts these black teens did to this woman and her child? Why no protest? Why no march? Why no black t-shirts?

Our black culture and the history of our people have led us to subconsciously believe that the lives of black men and boys are more valuable than the lives of black women and girls. It’s been passed down from generation to generation to believe that when a black man or boy is being mistreated by the white man, we need to be outraged. If it’s a black woman or girl, we consistently turn our backs. We are shaped to believe black men and boys deserve more respect due to the amount of racism they face in life.

This misogynistic way of thinking and acting in our community has created a distinct divide between which gender is more worthy of seeking justice for. This male patriarchy system the black community has adopted from the majority has hindered our community from moving foward in seeking equality and respect between us.

The black community has continued to support the subjugation of black women and girls at the hands of white and black men in this country. The hip-hop industry is a prime example. The community as a whole has not stepped up to the plate and demand how our women are being portrayed in that filth. Some in the community like to blame the hip-hop industry’s nature on corporate (read: white) takeover of a genre that started from humble beginnings. I seriously beg to differ. Before whites became interested in hip-hop, you had 2Pac grabbing the asses of black women. You had Luke Campbell featuring women scantly clad on his videos.

Our community can not continue to place the lives of black women and girls on the back burner and put black men and boys on a pedestal.

Black people need to start investing in the lives of our women and daughters. We need to start standing up and fighting for justice and dignity for our women and girls. Our “leaders” need to cease with the picking and choosing of which gender would be politically profitable to seek justice for.

One thought on “>Do black male victims have a priority over black female victims?

  1. >Most definitely there is the mentality that Black boys and men are in more trouble and thus need more attention than Black females.Its everywhere, even in music with the "hold me down" songs.Black women and girls are struggling and dying right along with Black males. I dont want to end the fight on behalf of Black males, I just want the advocacy to include Black women and girls. Dunbar Village will continue to happen because,lets be honest, the biggest threat to a Black woman's survival is a Black male but no one wants to talk about that. That's why Megan Williams will receive a lot more attention from the old school organizations than the Dunbar Village gang rape victim.Shining a light on our own problems is not something we are willing to do. At least not the males who have the forum to do so.I went down to West Palm Beach because it hurts me, concerns me, the struggle of Black women who can't get the attention that Genarlow Wilson and the Jena 6 get.And what truly angers me is not the Black male-run organizations but the Black females. Where are they?Too busy celebrating success with the men to take notice of the Black female victims.Statistics are everywhere about Black women going to college and are more educated than Black men. But the only time that is mentioned is when we are talking about not being able to find a good Black man to marry. How about using it AGAINST them to ask these professional Black women where are THEY when Black women are victimized.The proud Black sororities, professionals and activists. Where are they ?http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WMW4Hv0mHiM

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