”Are you with me? So this is the Key. These people, this tiny group of people on the planet are trying to survive genetically.
You see you have some people saying, ‘Oh, no, their thing is money.’
Um-Um! They make money! They don’t make melanin. See they manufacture money, but God makes melanin.” DR. FRANCIS CRESS WELSING
“As Black women, we do not have the privilege or the space to call ourselves “slut” without validating the already historically entrenched ideology and recurring messages about what and who the Black woman is. We don’t have the privilege to play on destructive representations burned in our collective minds, on our bodies and souls for generations. Although we understand the valid impetus behind the use of the word “slut” as language to frame and brand an anti-rape movement, we are gravely concerned. For us the trivialization of rape and the absence of justice are viciously intertwined with narratives of sexual surveillance, legal access and availability to our personhood. It is tied to institutionalized ideology about our bodies as sexualized objects of property, as spectacles of sexuality and deviant sexual desire. It is tied to notions about our clothed or unclothed bodies as unable to be raped whether on the auction block, in the fields or on living room television screens. The perception and wholesale acceptance of speculations about what the Black woman wants, what she needs and what she deserves has truly, long crossed the boundaries of her mode of dress.”
An Open Letter from Black Women to SlutWalk Organizers (via blck-grrl)
“i’m obviously not a black woman, but i’ve had similar thoughts about the slut walk thing in the past. i just don’t think it’s the right word.”” —
my friend posted this on her tumblr and I loved this…
the word “slut” differs for a black woman because our image has always been below a that of a simple woman. We’re Eldridge Cleaver’s easy thing, Dr. King’s groupies, the video vixens, the slaves who were violated by animals and white men-for us it is defined differently.