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Huffington Post article: When Black Women Die From Street Harassment

http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/6014092
WHEN BLACK WOMEN DIE FROM STREET HARASSMENT
Who cries when black women die?
October 20, 2014

I’m not asking that as some type of rhetorical, poetic question, meant to move you toward ferocious finger snaps. I want to know. Who cries when black women die?

Further, who cries when black women are killed?

Mary Spears was killed. The man who killed her did so because she refused to give him her phone number. She told him “I have a man I can’t talk to you,” and yet he persisted. Rather than respect her wishes to be left alone, he shot her.

Who cries when black women die from street harassment? 

I really do need an answer. Because Mary Spears’s right to move about freely in the world was denied to her, her life taken from her, and there are no marches. No one has broken out the bullhorns or their comfortable sneakers. There are no widespread calls to protect the autonomy of black women and their bodies. The community leaders haven’t deemed this unacceptable and a fate no one should ever face simply because they reject a man’s advances.

No, when black women die from that toxic mix of violent misogyny, male entitlement, and hypermasculine posturing, there is no movement to be born. There are condolences to be offered and “unfortunate”s to be uttered, but no tears to be cried. There is no anger that propels action.

You’ve read this piece before. You’ve read it a dozen times over. I’ve written it before. I could have written it a dozen times over. It’s the piece where someone complains about how little outrage there is surrounding something which deeply affects them, and then the reader is left to wonder, “Well, if it means that much to you, what are YOU doing about it?” You may have written that piece before. And we keep writing them because I don’t think any of us are quite sure what to do.

Where black women are concerned, we aren’t just talking about mounting the evils of misogyny, or even racism. We compete with the sacrifices black women make for their community.

I understand that there’s an impulse to not make black men the faces of street harassment, given all of the ideas that already exist around black male hypersexuality, as well as the disproportionate amount of police violence that black men face as the result of the constant criminalization of behaviors associated with black men. But black women have been allowed to suffer too much for the protection of black men. They have paid with their lives.

And here I am, writing another blog post wondering why no one seems to care.

Street harassment is vile. It makes women feel unsafe in public. But when black women die because we have failed to teach boys and men to keep their thoughts and hands to themselves, that they are not entitled to the sexual attention of any and every woman, or that their attempts at proving their masculinity through verbal and physical assaults on women are failures, the concern fades before it has a chance to actually surface. Black women are expected to keep sacrificing.

Who cries when black women die? Nobody. No damn body.

Mychal Denzel Smith is a Knobler Fellow at The Nation Institute. 

Just a Thought: Black Male Hypocrisy and Street Harassment

Black Male Hypocrisy and Street Harassment

Recently, there has been a wave of news reports regarding law enforcement officers harassing and or killing unarmed black men. What these news reports fail to emphasize is that most of the time police are within their rights to question someone who is a suspect when a crime has been freshly committed. It’s interesting that black males who are reasonably suspected of a crime receive protests and outrage from the Black community but the voices of these anti-system protesters when INNOCENT Black women are harassed and sometimes killed as a result of sexual/street harassment are but a faint whisper…

These black women are not guilty or suspected of a crime, yet the black community will yell at the top of their lungs on behalf of many a black
man who was reasonably suspected of such. That is because the black community including Black women of the old guard do not see value in Black women and Black girls. Blacks will teach their daughters to shake things off or it is not a big deal or that is how men are. In other words these crazed enablers attempt to inculcate a sense of guilt, shame or less value in the life worth of Black women and girls including their bodily integrity. Older black women are guilty of this oft times from jealousy of seeing younger generations with greater opportunites in life due to changes in social circumstances. The former black actually enabling Black men in this behavior because their ex-husbands, boyfriends, rapists or baby daddies left them with little mouths to feed, no child support and no self-esteem. So these women call their sons “little man” and emotionally use them to replace the social and psychological void of single motherhood. ‘Little man’ grows up thinking that ANY Black women are to serve whatever needs they have whether it be monetary, sexual and psychological and seek these from total strangers who are Black women. These Black men who usually accuse women of being “emotional” have a grave sense of entitlement reminiscent of their welfare mothers mentality towards the government. They know this mentality is wrong but seek to force society, especially decent Black women into catering to it.  Since the generations of Black women grew stronger and more educated she looks upon Black men with disdain as their predatory behavior has no place in civilized society… 

Black men you decry and whine about law enforcement officers harassing you even when they have cause, yet you harass, stalk, molest, cat-call, deride and abuse women, in particular Black women who are total strangers–have you not heard of karma? or justice? Payback for all those times you harassed and put innocent women safety and lives in danger and imposing post traumatic stress syndrome because you cannot simply two letters of the English alphabet N-O.

Maybe, just maybe the universe is giving you exactly what you deserve.