Black women have been neglected.There is no other way to sugar coat that statement it simply is what it is. Why is it that when black women are abused or killed,the first thing people wonder is “what did she do” as if there is anything that can justify what was done to her. Black women from the time of chattel slavery have been subject to and targets of sexual and physical abuse at the hands of the master, Black women were left to defend themselves and still up to today are still left to defend and speak up for Themselves.Black women get shot , black women are sent to jail, Black women face police brutality For years black women have been subject to pain abuse, neglect, ridicule, unfair comparison to the point people feel were immune to it. Is that why no one speaks up for us?
The following statistics are from the Institute for Women’s Policy Research
- Black women face a particularly high risk of being killed at the hands of a man. A 2015 Violence Policy Center study finds that Black women were two and a half times more likely to be murdered by men than their White counterparts. More than nine in ten Black female victims knew their killers
- More than 4 in 10 black women experience physical violence from an intimate partner during their lifetime. White women, Latinas, and Pacific Islanders women report lower rates .
- sexual violence affects black women at higher rates more than twenty percent of black women are raped during their lifetimes- a higher share than among overall women
- Black women also experience significantly higher of psychological abuse- including humiliation, insults, name calling and coercive control- than women do overall
The following excerpt is from the book “Invisible No More”
“The targets of reported police sexual violence are overwhelmingly women, and typically women of color who are or are perceived to be involved in the drug or sex trades, or using drugs or alcohol, as well as people with prior arrest records, immigrants, people with limited English proficiency, people with disabilities, and people who have previously been targeted for police sexual violence. Some researchers theorize that women who are targeted for police sexual violence are considered “police property” and therefore fair game for sexual extortion or assault. Additionally, young women are particularly at risk: in a 2003 study of young women in New York City, almost two in five young women described sexual harassment by police officers.”
The question that runs through my mind after reading these statistics and excerpt from the book invisible No More, is why is it that black women are targets for sexual abuse and violence, after reading numerous articles I believe men have taken the ideal women to be a white woman and view black woman as sexual objects or “something” that needs to be controlled either through sexual demoralization or harsh punishments to “put them in their place”. this all stems from black women being viewed as an object, we are women, human beings, mother, daughters, that feel.Humanization of the black race is an important topic that needs to be addressed if you don’t even view the person you’re dealing with as a human being how can you sympathize with them? You can’t.
Black women are at the bottom of societal importance when we speak of police brutality the first thing that comes to mind “Mike brown, Trayvon Martin, or Eric Garner, what about
We don’t hear about these women their names are lost before they are mentioned why do we forget so easily these important women that also fall victim to the same brutality that men face.
From a young age black girls are viewed as adults they are stripped of their innocence and treated/punished like adults. The american education and criminal justice system impose harsher punishements on black people for the same crimes commited by their white peers.Black girls from a young age are taught that they are to loud, or to sassy, dressing provactive, their hair is a distraction and receive harsher punishments in school such as being expelled or suspened for minor things (https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/06/04/florida-student-arrested-science-experiment-blast/9947139/) and grow to believe that they desereve the things that happen to them because of who they are. which lead to the constant violence and acceptance of societal views
Being a black woman, and a mother to a black girl my heart breaks for the brown girls that suffer at the hands of people’s ignorance from such a young age, while society puts out their views of our girls we must make sure were right behind her providing truths and affirmations of who she really is. We must make our voice louder. We must make sure our women know they matter.