You Can’t Throw A Black Woman In a Dumpster, And Then Scream Black Lives Matter
“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
Over the last couple of weeks, we’ve witnessed a revolt against the system that has resulted in protests across the globe. Black people are tired of being subjected to racism. We are tired of white vigilantes calling the police on us in efforts de-negro America. Per usual, Black women banned together to support the injustices happening to the men in our country. I too was outraged, but I wondered, what about the black women who suffer from the same type of racism?
By now, we know the story of Breonna Taylor. Her murderers have not been arrested and it has taken petitions and a public uproar led by women, for her case to be reopened. Black women began to feel the sting of being left on the back burner. While we fight for our men, we also fight for ourselves – but who fights for us?
On Monday, June 15th, a group of Black men threw a woman in the dumpster. They laughed while recording the tears streaming down her cheeks. In the video, you could see the shock and embarrassment written all over her face.
The guys who did this to her didn’t know her. They wore Black Lives Matter shirts as they assaulted and humiliated a young Black woman. Make it make sense! I am enraged because you can’t use your voice to defend Black Lives but use your hands to assault them. As a Black woman, it gets more and more difficult to bare the weight of Black men. We stand up for the injustices against them but then they turn around and do things like this. It hurts and I’m tired.
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I’m still on a high because of my web launch but I was quickly brought back down to earth when I learned about #OluwatoyinSalau. This 19 year old queen went missing and was found dead after she spoke up about being sexually assaulted. She was on the front lines fighting for us. For our black men. For our black women. For our black children. I implore every single person to take a moment and think about what we can do to protect black women. How can we make black women feel as safe and secure as we make our black men feel? Can we start a black woman appreciation post? We can’t carry the burdens of everyone. Our backs are heavy. #JusticeforToyin
Just this week, Black Lives Matter activist Oluwatoyin Salau went missing after tweeting about a sexual assault that had just happened to her. She was later found dead. Her murderer was a 49-year-old man, said to be suffering from mental illness. The fact that she died defending Black men, while being killed by a black man is infuriating.
We cannot expect society to find the value in our lives if we don’t take the time to value each other. We cannot combat racism as a unit if we don’t protect each other. We cannot make the necessary changes within our community if we are busy raping, assaulting, killing, and mistreating our Black women.
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And since we all came from a woman Got our name from a woman and our game from a woman- I wonder why we take from our women Why we rape our women, do we hate our women? I think it's time to kill for our women Time to heal our women, be real to our women- And if we don't we'll have a race of babies That will hate the ladies, that make the babies. Prophet Tupac. 🙏🏾. These words still ring true. Happy G day Pac. Happy 49th Thank you ancestor. 🦾.
In the words of Tupac Shakur,
Since we all came from a women, got our name from a women, and our game from a women. I wonder why we take from women, why we rape our women, do we hate our women? I think its time we killed for our women, be real to our women, try to heal our women, cus if we dont we’ll have a race of babies that will hate the ladies, who make the babies. And since a man can’t make one he has no right to tell a women when and where to create one. So will the real men get up? I know you’re fed up ladies, but keep your head up.