We are Not Your Weapons. . .We are Women.

23 Apr

Two weeks ago, on a Monday morning, I started to write what I thought was a very clever editorial about violence against women in Haiti. The case, I believed, was being overstated by women’s organizations in need of additional resources. Ever committed to preserving the dignity of Black men in a world which constantly stereotypes them as violent savages, I viewed this writing as yet one more opportunity to fight “the man” on behalf of my brothers. That night, before I could finish the piece, I was held on a rooftop in Haiti and raped repeatedly by one of the very men who I had spent the bulk of my life advocating for.

This story is crossposted from Race-Talk. For the rest, click here.

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4 Responses to “We are Not Your Weapons. . .We are Women.”

  1. Joylynn April 26, 2010 at 8:34 PM #

    Is this for real? Or a thought experiment? It doesn’t offer the usual thoughtful, feminist insight I so look forward to on this blog. Does anyone have the back story on this story?

    • crunktastic April 26, 2010 at 9:47 PM #

      This is a cross-post from a neighboring site. Turns out that the woman who wrote the piece is most likely white, which doesn’t undercut her experience, but certainly offers some context for the “off” tone of the piece. . .Anyway, thanks for reading and supporting the blog.

  2. Joylynn April 26, 2010 at 11:08 PM #

    It seems that besides here, only white supremacist blogs are writing about this ‘op-ed’ which seems strange. Something seems a bit off about the whole thing.

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  1. loyalty & betrayal « Fledgling - April 23, 2010

    [...] “We are not your weapons—we are women.”  I found this article on the Crunk Feminist Collective‘s blog, and had to keep reading when the journalist admitted she was raped in Haiti after [...]

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