Friday, February 28, 2014

This Is Not A Good Picture

I've seen this photo posted at several sites; and I've been horrified to read comments from African-American women expressing what seems like approval of this photo.

I don't know who the sister in this photo is or was, or what was happening (a civil rights protest?) when this photo was taken. But I do know that this photograph is a perfect microcosm of what's wrong (and what's been wrong for a very long time) with the African-American collective.

This photograph shows a Black woman who is totally unprotected by the males in her ethnic group and race.

Men fight other men; and protect the women of their group from being attacked by outsider men. At least that's how things operate among non-African-American ethnic and racial groups that have M-E-N among their collectives. [As opposed to being composed of non-protective males.]

A woman shouldn't be placed in a position to have to trade blows with men. That's not anything to applaud.

Even as a pre-teen, I had negative reactions to photos showing Dr. King and other African-American adult males passively standing around while outsider males beat on the African-American women who were used as cannon fodder during civil rights protests. I had especially negative reactions to photos of adult Black males standing around while outsider males beat the African-American children who were also often used as cannon fodder during civil rights protests.

I didn't understand any of this because I knew my father would never tolerate such things. I knew that my Dad would never allow anybody to put their hands on his wife and children the way these photos showed other Black fathers letting violent racists beat their wives and children. Including if he had to get hurt or killed protecting us.

Most of all, I didn't understand why African-American women and children were put on those front lines to be beaten by racists and chewed up by attack dogs in the first place. I couldn't understand how adult Black male protesters allowed little Black children to participate in anything as dangerous as those protests. I couldn't understand how those Black children's parents could allow their children to risk their lives like that. Adults are supposed to protect children. In particular, adult men are supposed to protect the children in their orbit.

I was blessed to grow up being protected by my father, my uncle the Chicago Police Officer, and other adult (and older teenager) male relatives. So, I couldn't relate to the idea of being on any kind of frontline as a girl/woman. Or the idea of being affiliated with males who would passively stand around and watch while some other males beat me down into the ground. Which is why those civil rights photos always looked "off" to me. As opposed to the old-school Nation of Islam (NOI), which didn't throw their women and children onto the frontlines of potential conflicts. The NOI would have the trained M-E-N of the Fruit of Islam deal with any and all potentially dangerous situations.

Normal M-E-N don't hide behind their women and children.

Nor do they use their women and children as cannon fodder in a conflict with men from other ethnic or racial groups.

This is not a good picture. It's certainly not anything to applaud. I hate that the Black woman in the photo was put through this sort of experience.