A big problem in the black community

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A big problem in the black community

The black community faces problems within itself.

The black community faces problems within itself.

Eve Katz

The black community faces problems within itself.

Eve Katz

Eve Katz

The black community faces problems within itself.

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The black community isn’t exactly known for their openness and acceptance. Their hypocrisy is seen as a trademark within their side of the POC (Person of Color) community. They tend to excuse the problems of men, but persecute women for nothing at all.

One of those with preferential treatment from the community is R. Kelly. The singer has countless allegations of mental, physical, and emotional abuse along with pedophilia against him. Though his actions are vile and horrifying, his legacy and career still live on. With the premier of the documentary Surviving R. Kelly, a docuseries that allows the victims of Kelly to speak out about his abusive behavior, his music sales surged 16%.

Meanwhile, black women are persecuted for anything and everything: their skin color, their body, their hair, and many more. For instance, Serena Williams is constantly shamed for her “man-like” body.

The constant shaming of women has underlying tones of deep-rooted misogyny that run rapidly throughout their society. No matter what we do, how perfect we are, how we look, we always end up the butt of some ugly joke.

If we focus on school rather than dating, we’re a prude. If we date, we’re “hoes”. If we date outside of our race, we hate black people. If we wear something scandalous, we’re asking for male attention. When we are harassed and assaulted, we are told “you were asking for it”.

When a young black girl dies, there’s silence.

It’s a never ending cycle that constantly drags women down.

On the male side, they’re praised for having sex. Praised for dating outside their race. Praised for being scholars. They sit upon a pedestal that claims they can do no wrong. When a young black boy dies, there is an outcry of “he was someone’s son” and rallies calling for justice. When they harass or assault it’s “boys will be boys”.

Black males constantly bring us down to the point where black women tear themselves and others down for the approval of males. All solidarity within communities of black women flies out the window as we body shame, and turn to skin color as a way to be superior, as lighter skin tones are often favored.

The fact of the matter is black lives do matter, but do all black lives matter? The answer is yes, but there’s a limitation to how much they matter to some people.

Even still, we fight. We fight for black women that were killed for saying no, black women that are called “monkeys” and “roaches” for being dark-skinned, black women that are constantly told their bodies are “manly” and will never be beautiful. We fight to know that we matter.

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