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Did you wear red yesterday?

There’s so many bullshit protests black people are supposed to be participating in these days, you’d be forgiven if you missed a few.

For example, did you know that black people aren’t supposed to eat at KFC anymore? I just found out the other day, and I’m not gonna lie. I’ll probably be back there pretty soon, if not this evening. I enjoy Popeye’s, but I’m not driving all the way down to the ghetto just because black women can’t keep a man in the house.

(And of course I can’t go to Church’s. It’s part of a secret plot by the CIA to make black men sterile. It even says so in Wikipedia. Plus, Church’s fucking sucks balls. It may be a dollar or so cheaper than KFC, but the chicken doesn’t even taste half as good. That doesn’t seem like a very good deal to me, unless you’re a single mother or something.)

In the past few days, I’ve also read that black people aren’t supposed to buy anything from, watch the TV show Dog the Bounty Hunter, or buy anything at all tomorrow, November, 2 – a sort of black equivalent of Kalle Lasn’s Buy Nothing Day, or that day last year (or was it the year before?) when Mexicans decided not to show up to work and – surprise, surprise – hardly anyone seemed to notice.

And as if this week wasn’t packed enough with pointless calls to arms, yesterday, i.e. Halloween, there was a call for black women to wear red in order to protest acts of violence against black women – which, for the record, I’m against. I can’t remember if I went anywhere yesterday, but if I did, it probably wasn’t the kind of place very many black women would be. Because I live to scan the Internets for contentious race issues, I was aware of the protests, but I’m not aware that anyone here participated.

Did any of you fruits see a lot of black chicks yesterday walking around in red. (If so, I hope no one shouted, Hey, Kool-Aid!) For the three black chicks who read this site, did you participate in yesterday’s protests? If not, were you even aware that they were taking place?

I’m sure if no one other than the 20 or so fat chicks featured on the Document the Silence website participated in yesterday’s protests (or knew about it, for that matter), it will be viewed as a dramatic illustration of the extent to which the epidemic of violence against black women in this country has been ignored, but I wonder if that’s really the case. Could it be that the real reason people aren’t more up in arms about the war being waged against black women is because people aren’t convinced there’s any such war going on in the first place?

If you go to this group’s website, there’s links to news stories about two awful crimes against black women. And believe me, they’re awful. One woman was gang raped down in Florida and forced to blow her son; and another women was taken to a shed out in West Virginia and given the Deliverance treatment. As awful as they are however, I don’t know that they constitute a war against black women. Anyone who’s read the New York Times on a slow news day knows you need at least three separate incidents to even call it a trend, let alone a war.

Also, they’re attempting to draw a correlation between their protest and the protests to free the Jena Six, as if to suggest that this ought to be the equivalent of the Jena Six protests for black women. The call for black women to wear red yesterday obviously echoes the call for black people to wear black back in September, and this diatribe on the group’s website draws an even more explicit connection between the two protests. Of course I was never much of a supporter of the Jena Six movement (damn facts!), but again I’m not sure if I buy their argument.

Misguided as they were, at least the poor bastards who got on the bus down to Jena had it in their mind that they were “fighting the real enemy,” i.e. this country’s racist criminal justice system. If there had been another incident, in which white kids took part in a six-on-one gang stomping of a black kid and were only charged with a misdemeanor, they would have even had a point. That would have been a miscarriage of justice (an outright abortion!), and black people have a right to be treated by the criminal justice system the same as anyone else. It’s probably in the constitution.

In the cases mentioned above though, those women weren’t as failed by the criminal justice system as they were violated by a few random sociopaths. Those crimes were wrong and sad and disgusting, but they don’t constitute a war against black women any more than the crimes of the Green River Killer constituted a war against white women (as if!), or the crimes of DMX constituted a war against dogs. As such, I’m at a loss for what purpose this protest was gonna serve. As a non-black-woman myself, I think I speak for all non-black-women when I say that raping and torturing black women is wrong and we promise not to do it.

Now if we can only get crazy people not to act crazy.

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