Why Are #MeToo and Time’s Up Neglecting Brutality Against Black Women
I’ve been wondering for some time — or ever since the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements became legitimate organizations — about the validity of their mission statements as it pertains to standing up for ALL women — who’ve been victims of physical assault.
Why is it that when young Black women like Chikesia Clemons — are subjected to the worst treatment imaginable from police officers — there’s a general assumption that the victims were justifiably brutalized based on their race?
Hollywood A-listers are always eager to rally round the “trend of the moment” and usually they’re White actresses with enough clout to finesses their way into specific narratives — that undoubtedly require influencers to help validate these newly-minted institutions.
So far — the progress that has been made shines through the victories of high-profile victims who were once anointed ingenues on the trajectory of limitless possibilities — before tragically blacklisted — for refusing the advances of powerful moguls who allegedly derailed their careers.
A handful of them are now back in business — thanks to guest starring roles and irresistible opportunities to star in their own reality shows. And the big bad wolf himself has been charged with sexual misconduct based on the damning evidence against him.
The cesspool of sexual misconduct that is gripping the media and entertainment industry is a smelly mess that is still experiencing the ripple effect — as revered veterans succumb to the shocking revelations detailed by past and present acquaintances who are finally empowered enough to fight back.
But — why isn’t this privilege given to Black women who are systematically torn to shreds in such a public way?
The graphic videos garner enough views to prove how this deadly practice has become commonplace — which is probably why women who are positioned to do something — casually don’t give a fuck.
We are consistently given heavy doses of the suffering that notables have endured — and while it all sounds terrible — there seems to be a disturbing theme dominating the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements that — suggests only women with certain backgrounds are qualified for the spotlight of pain.
A few weeks ago — Westworld actress — Thandie Newton — voiced her disappointment about not being extended a formal invitation to join the Time’s Up initiative during it’s formation — despite the fact that she was vocal about being sexually harassed by a director at a very young age — back when it wasn’t acceptable to share those things.
Women of color in Hollywood like Gabrielle Union — who’ve spoken up — loud and clear about their unfortunate circumstances have been upstaged by the likes of Nicole Kidman — Reese Witherspoon — Jessica Chastain and others in that realm — who’ve centered themselves with the authority of their privileged station.
But — is this issue a “Hollywood affair” — or do the little people also get to benefit from the mandated protection against bullish individuals who use their power as a way to intimidate — to the point of physical harm.
Why isn’t Clemons being held up by these women who’ve professed their relentless commitment to making sure that no victim — who is callously victimized — is allowed to languish in their sorrow?
It’s so confusing to decipher whether these movements only recognize assault of a sexual nature as opposed to the general meaning of the word that isn’t just regulated to the act of rape or attempted rape.
Assault — is also a physical attack that evokes the spirit of violence stemming from the act of punching — striking — or a beating up.
That’s exactly what happened to Chikesia Clemons — weeks ago — when employees at a Waffle House in Saraland, AL — called the cops because they were scared shitless of a tiny twenty-something Black girl who didn’t want to pay for utensils.
The video of her assault is something out of the House of Horrors — and it’s astounding that neither #MeToo or Time’s Up has extended their support in a profound enough way to alert enforcement officers that they will be held accountable for brutalizing Black women — who are usually helplessly unarmed when these incidents occur.
Time’s Up on turning a blind eye to the duty of being inclusive — unless of course that’s the way it’s supposed to be — then by all means clarify what’s being expressed — when you say — #MeToo.
Whose pain means more and why?
That’s the question that needs to be answered — sooner rather than later.