*From Black Talk Radio Network:
Scandal: Should we try to save Black women who do not want to be saved?
Scotty Reid, 4/27/2013, opinion, culture, education
I recently came across a post on Facebook by Tribal Unity 4 Liberation about the hard-core porn websites specializing in Black women being degraded by White males. This post brought to my mind the ongoing debate about the popular television program “Scandal” starring Kerry Washington playing a Washington, DC harlot.
In my mind, soft porn like Scandal being peddled on the public airwaves represents the same attack on Black women but in a milder made for television format. Also on Facebook, I have read status messages from Black women in defense of “Scandal” stating that Black men are “hating” on the ABC program because the character is choosing to have sex with a powerful white man.
This is what I say to you if you are of like minds, if you do not understand the past, you certainly cannot discern the future…..
In the past, we have seen many blatant racist images of Black women being negatively portrayed as mammies with dark skin, big lips and often overweight speaking in broken English. Then we saw the Blaxploitation films of the seventies where the Black “heroin” is often compromised sexually in order to get back at “the man”. Then in the nineties we saw the invasion of the video vixens in corporate rap videos to now having one of the most popular programs among Black women being a show featuring a Black woman who has adulteress sex with a powerful married white male while rejecting the advances of an accomplished Black senator because he is boring. The character Olivia Pope is said by the creator to be based on the real life exploits of a Black woman who also works to help produce the show.
As the Tribal Unity 4 Liberation Facebook post points out, you have all these hardcore porn sites with Black women and teenagers allowing themselves to be degraded in the most depraved ways imaginable. Why are these Black women allowing themselves to be degraded this way?
Did the soft porn on network television masquerading as daytime and nighttime soap opera dramas soften us up to the point that Black female actors get scandalous NAACP Image Awards for playing whores on television? Are Black women so starved for fortune and fame that there are no depths to which they will not sink? Are we as a people so starved to see Black faces in television that any role will not only do but the most depraved roles praised?
For any Black woman to say Black men are only “hating” on “Scandal” because the character is sleeping with a white male implying that we are practicing racism is not even laughable, it is tragic. Any man of any ethnicity or racial classification should be naturally outraged at the exploitation of their women and daughters by those within the group or from without. If you are a Black woman and truly feel this way about Black men then you should not say a thing about Black men not standing up to protect Black women and defend their honor because obviously from your defense of this garbage media you possibly have no honor worth defending.
To my fellow Black men that are speaking out on this degrading media, keep doing so for the few queens left among us and for the sake of our future queens.
In relation to those women who insist that there is nothing wrong with this degrading media portrayal of the Black woman, I am reminded by a rap song by Project Pat and Three 6 Mafia, “Don’t save her, she don’t want to be saved”.