“The most disrespected person in America is the black woman. The most unprotected person in America is the black woman. The most neglected person in America is the black woman” – Malcolm X
Black women are routinely victimized for features that get Black girls and Black boys systemically punished by a biased school system, that teaches our children to develop insecurities about their appearances, so that when they reach adulthood, those damning instincts will continue to provide the limitations that will stifle progress for a lifetime.
Not to mention the constant disrespect of a black woman in the mainstream or the public eye. For example, George Lopez who lashed out at a biracial woman in the audience at his show in Arizona back in February.
“There are only two rules in the Latino family”, George Lopez, joked. “Don’t marry somebody black and don’t park in front of our house,” which only provoked the woman to stand up in the audience and stick her middle finger up at him which only enraged George Lopez’s prejudice behavior and in return, George Lopez, shouted, “ I’m talking, bitch, you paid to see a show, sit your ass down. You can’t take a joke, you’re in the wrong motherfucking place. Sit your ass down or get the fuck out as the audience applauded, Lopez’s behavior.
Or, Rapper French Montana commenting on a Black woman on twitter, after she tweeted, “The fact that French Montana thinks anyone cares about him,” sparked an outrage in French Montana which lead him to tweet, “U musty dusty rusty ass hoe. With them nappy ass poetic justice braids, take your cum drinking dick banging ass somewhere and be humble.” When the woman didn’t even direct her tweet to him, just replying to several other peoples’ tweet, concerning a trending topic, that dealt with French Montana.
Or, the time in March when, Fox News personality, Bill O’Reilly mocked, Congressman Maxine Waters by stating, “I was looking at a James Brown’s wig.” After being, publicly criticized, Bill O’Reilly apologized but the damage was already done.
These overly offensive behaviors are common for Black women to be hit with, but it goes back to when Black women being historically mocked and marginalized for their physical traits specifically to Black womanhood, and they’ve been routinely vilified for perceived negative behaviors that are fairly universal. From the media to social media, down to different races so, I can’t solely blame celebrities for these racially offensive behaviors because they have been programmed to believe this is correct.
To end, this madness, Us, Black people need to come together and unite, and the Black man must continue to put the Black woman on a pedestal so, everyone else can follow suit; it starts with us.