I invited you all into my kitchen last night (since anti-feminists keep demanding we go back into the kitchen) and we chatted about Daniel Holtzclaw, the former police officer accused of sexually assaulting at least 13 Black women. I’ve been talking about him since last year and wanted to weigh in on some of the interesting observations I’ve made about recent “support” for his victims on social media.
Here is a thread I wrote about him in January of this year, addressing the hypocrisy of Bill Cosby supporters who claimed “innocent until proven guilty” suddenly condemning Holtzclaw with no conviction or “proof”.
Students and faculty flooded into the Russell House Theater Monday evening to hear Feminista Jones, acclaimed feminist writer, activist and public speaker, address social justice issues in South Carolina.
With more than 63,000 Twitter followers, Jones has created an impressive online presence writing about what it means to be a black feminist and a woman of strength.
“A lot of times we don’t get to hear how it is to live and be a black feminist woman in the United States,” Jones said.
She went on to explain how white feminism has overshadowed black women and seems to ignore larger issues that don’t make the news. Jones dropped some shocking facts about abuse and police brutality.
She discussed the trial of Daniel Holtzclaw, a former Oklahoma City policeman who faces 36 charges for the rape of at least 13 black women.
A White school “resource officer” was called into a class by a Black male math teacher to “handle” a Black female student who was, according to him, not complying with his requests to turn off her phone and engage in the class.
The young student was then severely brutalized by the resource officer as students were forced to watch in shock (one bravely filmed it and was subsequently arrested) and the math teacher stood there doing nothing as he rubbed his hands together and backed up to give the officer space to keep assaulting her. (We later found out she lost her mother, grandmother, and was recently put into foster care)
During this broadcast, I reflect on this incident, the responses by so many Black people who defended the officer (!!), how misogynoir encourages and supports the abuse of Black girls, and how we’re only going to get free with love.
I had the honor of being invited to present the Keynote address at Widener University’s Careers in Sexuality conference. The organizers saw me at another event in Philadelphia and asked me to join them. I presented for clinicians and educators and I think I did a bit of disrupting. Definitely one of my best speeches.