The phrase “Protect Her,”, “Protect Black Women” or any variation of “Protect Women” much like the NFL’s “Rooney Rule” are very much rooted in the oppression of unprotected citizens by their oppressor. The NFL’s Rooney Rule IMO is steeped in racism by those that refuse to let go of the old ways of doing things. The rule essentially forces those that want to hold onto whatever perceived power they have, for as long as they can, to interview and higher men who have in some shape fashion or form dedicated their lives to the same sport that they love as their white counterparts.
Think about it, the fact that a rule is in place to force humans to treat their fellow man humanely is the definition of racism. But this isn’t about the NFL or their enforcement of creating a diverse workforce. No this is about why “Protect Her, “Protect Black Women” or any variation of “Protect Women” has to be said aloud in the first place, as it is steeped in Misogyny and sexism. The fact that protecting our women has to be made into a catchphrase is as asinine as debating whether or not a Black woman was shot in her foot or stepped on a piece of glass by non-medically trained assholes. Again, it’s almost like treating our women with respect is asking too much.
I’m not here to debate whether Tory Lanez shot Megan the Stallion or not (I think that he did), but the fact that some men’s first reaction was “man that bitch is lying, she’s just trying to get another black man locked up” is a serious problem, just like when some Police Officers’ knee jerk reaction is to automatically stand behind the blue wall of silence whenever one of their brethren is caught on camera violating a citizen’s rights.
Black women are and have been AmeriKKKa’s oldest and newest burden bearers, from being a plaything for Massa to being accused of trying to take a black man down just for wanting justice for an assault in which she was a victim of, damned if you do, damned if you don’t.
In a world of “whataboutism” where many people wiell demean the plight of others in favor for their own circumstances, black women can’t even be victims of heinous crimes without some men who probably haven’t seen it, since it last saw him, saying “Well what about the women that lie, cheat, etc.,”, as if both things can’t be true, but what does that have to do with the crime that was committed against a black woman that has nothing to do with them?
In a perfect world we would all treat each other with the same grace that we ourselves would want after running afoul of someone, but this isn’t a perfect world. And I know I’m ending this post without an ending, as I don’t have the answers on how to make protecting our women second nature. Hell I can admit that I haven’t always been the best man that I could be when dealing with women in my past, but I am trying to be better.
I wish there was an easy solution to reversing this trend, but I know there isn’t, I’m just a blogger running off at the mouth about something that I’ve been thinking about lately. However, I am willing to do my part.
What do you think? Am I asking for too much, or is there a way that we can come together to protect our most treasured assets? Talk to me, I’ll talk back.
Breazy the Narrator.