Saturday, September 4, 2010

At The Dark End of The Street: Black Women, Rape and Resistance-A New History of the Civil Rights Movement from Rosa Parks ...

This is a new book by Danielle L. McGuire. It seems that there is a new perspective regarding the abuse that women of African descent underwent during slavery and beyond. Even today with the racist statements made about First Lady, Michelle Obama, concerning her place, racism's nefarious head continues to grow. Media pundits and talking heads from left to right and all things in between exclaim that her vacation abroad to Spain was somehow problematic, excessive and undeserved.
According to the mob, She had moved beyond and out of her place. Now if that is not a throw back to slave language and racism, I don't know what is! Moreover, I was a bit taken aback when Michelle Martian, a black journalist, who is the host of NPR's Tell Me More weighed in with her disdain regarding the issue of the First Lady's vacation.

All the jibber about Mrs. Obama's trip abroad is and was nonsensical. I wondered. What's the point? The throw-back language quickly revealed the point, and I knew, as I have always known, that racism is a moving, breathing being that is alive and well in America today. It continues to execute it's grandest efforts to oppress black women.

Oh and by the way, this sort of mob mentally and heard tactic alone demolishes the myth of a so-called Post-Racial American. The very notion is simply a ploy to let racist Americans off the hook!

The book, At the Dark End of The Street, speaks to the historical, traditional abusive behavior America has unleashed towards black women's bodies expressed as rape and molestation. It opens anew the hidden truth about the race based hatred black women have endured in America and how they resisted then and why they should resist it now!

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