Did you know that black women are responsible for…
–The huge out-of-wedlock rate ALONE. Black women need to learn to keep their legs closed.
–Horrible black mothers are the reason so many black men are “turning gay”
–Black women refuse to let black men lead.
–Black women are too educated. Make your man a plate an STFU
–Black women are all whores and have STD’s.
And did you also know, according to the president of Lincoln University, black women are responsible for their own rape and for behaving like sluts who in turn perpetrate false rape allegations to destroy black men’s futures and fund the prison industrial complex. We’re also responsible for global warming and moon spots.
This from AutoStraddle.com:
The president of Lincoln University, an HBCU (and incidentally my grandfather’s alma mater), has managed not only to stick his foot in his mouth, but swallow the whole damn thing. The university is co-ed, but holds separate (but equal?) All Women’s and All Men’s convocations for incoming students. During the most recent All Women’s Convocation, President Robert R. Jennings suggested that women should not report incidents of rape for fear of ruining another Black man’s life by sending him to prison. While it is true that Black men are disproportionately thrown in jail for sex crimes (all crimes, actually) compared to white men, this does not negate the fact that an act of sexual violence against any woman should be more of a concern than the reputation of the rapist. Not only did Jennings slut-shame an entire class of women, he unwittingly promoted the dangerous stereotype that Black men are inherently sexual predators. If Jennings is concerned about mass incarceration, he could have taken this opportunity to encourage students to develop preventative, community-based solutions to a culture of rape and silence instead of insulting and incriminating his entire student body.
The speech, which was recorded by a student in the audience, features these turds of wisdom:
Now let me let you in on a little secret. Men treat you, treat women, the way women allow us to treat them. And let me let you in on another little secret. We will use you up if you allow us to use you up. Well guess what? When it comes time for us to make that final decision, we’re going to go down the hall and marry that girl with the long dress on. That’s the one we’re going to take home to mom. Because there’s something about the way you carry yourself and respect yourself that commands and demands respect from us.
First of all, the fact that men are often toxic to women is no “little secret,” so we can expect from the jump that this speech is going to be patronizing as hell. Second of all, the implication that the men at Lincoln University are unable to contain themselves around a woman in a short skirt is just patently absurd. If Jennings really believes this to be true, it is his responsibility to change that attitude toward women, not to hide women under long dresses. These women command respect because they’re at college to get an education, not to find Prince Charming. Jennings should be ashamed to frame his university as a matchmaking camp rather than an educational institution. And can we talk about the whole idea of “using a person up” as though they’ve only got so much sex juice in them? As though if they waste all their sex juice on the wrong men they will be dried up and useless by the time they matriculate? But wait, there’s more:
The other thing I want to tell you about brothers is that we will lead you to believe that you’re the best thing since sliced bread. But we’re slicing your bread and somebody else’s bread, too… if you allow us to do that. We’ll give you our rap; it’ll be the best thing you’ve ever heard, and come the next day, we’ll act like we don’t even know you. Am I right about it? You know I’m right about it.
So not only are the men of Lincoln University incapable of taming their libidos, but they’re also unfaithful liars. Looks to me like Lincoln U is producing hordes of intelligent and respectful scholars! Please, Mr. Jennings, do go on:
And let me tell you how I know I’m right about it. I’m right about it because we have had on this campus, three cases of young women, who after having done whatever they did with the young men, and then it didn’t turn out the way they wanted it to turn out, guess what they did? They then went to Public Safety and said, ‘He raped me.’ So then we have to do an investigation. We have to start pulling back all the layers and asking all kinds of questions… And within the last 30 days, the United States federal government has now issued a new set of regulations that deal with sexual misconduct on colleges and university campuses. And the penalty is jail time… Their whole life changes over night. Because they’re gonna get a record and that record is then gonna follow them for the rest of their life. They’re going to be expelled from the university. It’s gonna be very difficult for them to get into anyone else’s university because they have to explain at the receiving institution why they were expelled from the institution that they were expelled from.
President Jennings references just three women who reported an instance of rape. Given that the estimated percentage of attempted or completed rapesagainst women over the course of their college career is 20-25%, and there are approximately 958 women on Lincoln University campus, even a conservative estimate puts the number of attempted or completed rapes at 191 women. One could argue that this is not necessarily an accurate portrayal of every college in the US, but given the culture of rape apology at Lincoln University, I’m willing to bet that the number is high. Not to mention the fact that Black women are already less likely to report rape. According to the Department of Justice, for every Black woman who reports a rape, fifteen Black women do not (compared to a 1-5 ratio for white women). Keep in mind that Black women and women of mixed race are sexually assaulted at staggeringly higher rates than whites. At a university where literally every women is either Black or mixed race, those three women were just a drop in the bucket compared to what likely goes on under his guidance. To tell those women that their assaults were the cause of their attire or behavior is simply disgusting. But, just in case you haven’t had enough bigotry today, here’s how Jennings decided to end his tirade:
Why am I saying all of this, ladies? I’m saying this first and foremost, don’t put yourself in a situation that would cause you to be trying to explain something that really needs no explanation had you not put yourself in that situation.
In short: Don’t get yourself raped. If you do, definitely don’t tell anybody.
Recently, the Internet went up in flames over the racist implications of a certain viral video surrounding catcalling. Here at Autostraddle, we tried to remind you of what legal recourse you have should you experience street harassment, making sure to highlight the dangers of involving the police in incriminating Black men for non-violent offenses. Because laws against street harassment (a non-violent offense, just like the sale of drugs, another crime for which Black men are disproportionately jailed), would undoubtedly be used more often to incriminate Black men, we hope to deal with street harassment by changing behavior. When it comes to street harassment, we don’t necessarily want to get police involved, but when the suggestion of sexual violence becomes an act of sexual violence, telling women they have no recourse is doing nothing to solve a problem.
Read more here.