I read this politicsusa.com article that stopped me dead in my tracks.
The Trump Campaign thought it would be great to change his image as a serial rapist and sexual predator by Donald Trump kissing a little black girl on stage during his rally in Wisconsin. The result was not just creepy, it was unimaginably tone deaf. These people clearly have no knowledge of the Black Experience in America.
As a father of black children to see that beautiful black girl, so like my own daughter, being manhandled and squirming away as she was forcibly kissed on the lips by this sexual predator, shielded by wealth and privilege to use women any way he wants? To reduce her obvious discomfort to a photo op? I’m compelled to spell out EXACTLY why this was wrong and triggers the hell out of me.
America has a long history in which black women and girls of ANY age were at white mens mercy for their survival from Chattel Slavery to Jim Crow segregation that lasted until the ’70’s
The history of our people’s ESPECIALLY our women’s abuse is recorded in our DNA. Even FLOTUS Obama’s The New York Times did a story on Michelle Obama’s racial ancestry. Even in this well-researched piece, there is a denial of whites to acknowledge or face the fact that Black women and girls have been legally raped by white men for 400 years.
The story begins with some genealogical research by the Times and genealogist, Megan Smolenyak:
“In 1850, the elderly master of a South Carolina estate took pen in hand and painstakingly divided up his possessions. Among the spinning wheels, scythes, tablecloths, and cattle that he bequeathed to his far-flung heirs was a 6-year-old slave girl valued soon afterward at $475. In his will, she is described simply as the “negro girl Melvinia.” After his death, she was torn away from the people and places she knew and shipped to Georgia. While she was still a teenager, a white man would father her first-born son under circumstances lost in the passage of time….Melvinia Shields, the enslaved and illiterate young girl, and the unknown white man who impregnated her are the great-great-great-grandparents of Michelle Obama, the first lady…”
In the Antebellum South, children were sold away from parents, and treated just like cattle, as here. She’s a teenager, yet they refuse to acknowledge or even use the word rape. She’s basically furniture. This child is instead “impregnated,” rape and coercion were the coin of the realm for white men.
Henry L. Gates:
“Some of this inter-racial sexuality was voluntary, we now know, but far more was coerced, a reflection or a result of a profound imbalance of power. Because of a confluence of factors—the illegality of miscegenation, the prevalence of sexual abuse and rape as the source of these relationships, infidelity, guilt, shame, and disgrace—both black people and white people had a certain interest in keeping these relationships in the dark, as it were.”
Annette Gordon-Reed, a visiting Harvard law professor:
“That we’ve just started speaking openly about the complexity of black ancestry doesn’t surprise … There’s also a lot of white Southern anxiety in denials of these tangled bloodlines. Acknowledging them requires admitting what went on in the South. . . . Some of those planters really were living like polygamous patriarchs of old with wives and concubines and bunches of kids. That’s the truth of early American history.”
200 plus years of slavery was about more than just generating vast wealth. This was a system of well documented sexual control of Black Men, Women & Children. Sex was used as a weapon by White men all during American History. During slavery, segregation and even today. It symbolized white male power. The Dred Scott decision and 3/5ths rule established any children forced on a black woman was black even with European ancestry. 3/4 of African Americans & Caribbeans have one white ancestor perhaps more. No other American racial group is determined by the sexual coercion and depredations of white men, like Donald Trump.
So yes, there is something defiantly wrong with this picture. And I’d appreciate him keeping his disgusting hands and lips off our little girls.
photo credit – politicsusa.com