The power of visibility to save the lives of sexually abused Black women.
There’s a freedom fighter in Texas on a mission to rescue the young Black women that are victims of sex trafficking. They are often hiding in plain sight. Some are ready for rescue, others are under the grip and haze of Stockholm Syndrome. Nevertheless, they are the lost daughters of the Lone Star state.
What’s important to remember here is this: the media has shut their stories out of the news cycle.
Black women have been historically and chronically positioned as “othered”. Our virtue and humanity are…
Black women in the U.S. have a net worth of $200 in the United States
This is unfortunate considering that Black women have the highest college enrollment rates compared to any other racial or ethnic group in the United States.
That statistic lets us know that education is not the great economic equalizer when it comes down to race.
So how can we change our net worth where it’s disconnected from the systemic racist systems that are designed to keep us out of the game (literally the game of wealth building, which is all it is when you break it…
The vitriol she received during this truly broke my heart!
On the other hand, black women are ridiculed when they unapologetically own their sexuality. I remember months back, celebrity Chloe Bailey did the Buss It Challenge, and she received so much unjustified hate.
Dive down Twitter for news and links related to sex trafficking and you will find a Tweetstorm dedicated to Matt Gaetz, an egregious and entitled white man that is an elected Congressman from Florida and attorney. His track record is repulsive and his penchant for teenaged girls is reprehensible.
On this Houston spring afternoon, it’s frustrating as a journalist that one has to wade through potshots at a “frat boy” politician before you can uncover accounts and tweets that champion reform and extend compassion to victims of sex trafficking.
And far too many of us womxn accept these crumbs/platitudes from Black men in lieu of genuine care and tenderness.
…ot trying to infer that DMX disrespected Eve. They had a close relationship as artists and friends. But, see that’s the problem. Hip-Hop music has a way of categorizing women so that they can talk bad about you and then turn around and say, “I love my Black Queens. Your’re my sister. I got your back.”
This is the true core wound of toxic men and their justification for mistreating womxn as a whole. Men in hip-hop amplify this bc they know the masses have cosigned with this logic. Rather deflect then heal!
…sic to drag us down. It’s one thing to discuss your tumultuous dating history. We’ve all been hurt. But, demonizing all women because you feel a few took advantage of you isn’t right.
I agree with this line 100000 percent! It's what's kept me afraid of giving up freelancing and getting a 9'5! Great piece Dayon!
You will love freedom more than you love money
Heyyy Carla! Thanks bunches for reading. I totally understand about those slumps. This freelancing life is such a journey and test to our resilience and confidence in ourselves. If you ever want to chat about this wild world of writing for a living, let me know :-) and yayyyy for Katy!!!
As a Black woman, I can so relate to this trauma response too.
…oss retires, and she takes his role. She eventually starts her own agency and staunchly opposes help. She decided that she’s an “everything” woman and ultimately burns herself out.