“No snowflake in an avalanche ever feels responsible.”—
Voltaire. It’s actually somewhat startling how well this quote relates to privilege and how it hurts minority groups. I think I’m going to make it my go-to from now on when the “I’m not racist, so don’t talk to me about racism” refrain comes rolling back around. (via uhuh-she-said)
Good quote. Goes for pretty much any kind of “ism.”
“I do not like eating meat because I have seen lambs and pigs killed. I saw and felt their pain. They felt the approaching death. I could not bear it. I cried like a child. I ran up a hill and could not breathe. I felt that I was choking. I felt the death of the lamb.”—
Look at who actually goes to prison for those things. Look at the racialized nature of incarceration. Look at the class nature of incarceration. A tiny fraction of rapists ever spend time in jail, to the point where the ones who are convicted and incarcerated are the exception that proves the rule.
Cops (and others in positions of extreme power) murder all the time and almost never get locked up. Cops and others in positions of power regularly get away with sexual violence. The way the state chooses who to actually punish is extremely political.
Sixty percent of black girls have experienced sexual abuse at the hands of black men before reaching the age of 18, according to an ongoing study conducted by Black Women’s Blueprint.
More than 300 black women nationwide participated in the study and 700 more are being sought to take in the survey by March 2012.
Farah Tanis, Co-Founder of the New York-based organization and co-author of the study, says the issue of domestic and sexual abuse in the black community is rarely discussed and that a sixty percent rate should be a wake-up call to black women.