Asking non black people not to interject their unnecessary opinions in the issues of intraracial (meaning within a race, as opposed to INTERracial) sexual violence within the Black community IS NOT RACISM. This includes, but is not limited to, the recent and horrifying case of Jada’s sexual assault.
No one is asking you not to support her, all that’s being asked of you IS RESPECT FOR BOUNDARIES of discussion.
It is obvious that none of this type of violence is race specific, it is obvious it happens in most if not all communities, but that is so blatant it should go without saying. Though y’all like to repeat yourselves a whole lot, preaching that we are all human and “our color doesn’t matter” is a form of racism in and of itself.
We ARE all human. But we need to acknowledge our differences to have any of that good ol’ equality you’re gearing your fingers up to type over and over.
Here’s the thing, if you don’t know the history of anti Black racism, you are going to be confused. You’re going to say, “why even mention race at all!?!?!” Not realizing that it is going to be paramount when it comes to how the media will use this story, how non black people will continue to demonize Black youth, and how vulnerable, though very strong, Jada is by putting her identity out in the open in a country that dehumanizes Black girls in a way that’s built on a legacy of oppression.
Many of you can relate to being vulnerable in these societies. No one is telling you not to relate. Many of you feel extremely intensely about her circumstances, and that of others who are going through similar things, regardless of race. NO ONE is telling you you cannot support her and others.
The only thing that is being asked, is that you allow for spaces online for Black people to discuss incidents within the Black communities for themselves without that being co-opted by people who don’t understand the nuance of the situation.
You may not think there are Black social spheres on the internet but there are, and this is where this situation unfolded. This is Rape Culture is open for all, and we have tried to include and blog about subjects from all over the world in a way that always reaffirms the agency of those involved and associated. The only way to carve out a space where Black followers can feel safe mourning, organizing and discussing around these incidents and topics that happen to be intraracial, is to feel like they aren’t going to be spoken over, detracted from, or erased by those outside of these communities.
The issue of intraracial abuse of Black women has been used in the past and present for harm against Black people as a whole. Failing to respect that some conversations are not for everyone to participate in is an aspect of this harm. Again, this does not impede you from supporting or from learning more. It simply is about respect. If you can’t understand why there’s a historical precedent for this need, or that two of your mods are of African descent and have the jurisdiction to speak on these subjects, and yes, have the right to dictate the boundaries of safety for certain issues and subjects, then feel free to unfollow.
But if I have to see one more post about “I don’t care if you’re Mexican, Chinese or PuRpLE!!111 WE ARE ALL HUMANZ” I’m going to lose it. I believe that you all can learn to understand the nuance required to make the safe spaces we are looking to provide.