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Sexual Violence Victims Should Keep Coming Forward

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Published January 4, 2018, St. Louis American

I’m hoping that the (slim) defeat of accused child sexual predator Ray Moore in the race for U.S. Senate in Alabama is not a damper on the exposes of the culture of sexual violence so pervasive in this country. I’m hoping that every man who’s ever grabbed, groped, felt, fondled, pushed, pulled, patted or rubbed a woman’s body part without her permission and gotten away with it is still sweating bullets every day he wakes up.

 

For a while, there were almost announcements about powerful men being knocked off their proverbial thrones by accusations of sexual crimes. There may be some who think the snow-balling effect of women exposing the sexual aggression of men in the workplace is an overkill. The women who have suffered in pain and silence certainly don’t think so. Read more

Black protesting not open for white approval

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Published in St. Louis American, October 26, 2017

One thing that will get a black person in a huff is when white folks try to dictate how we should suffer with our racial oppression. I’m not just talking about those of us who self-identify as freedom fighters; I’m talking about those who quietly resist the yoke of racial capitalism in their daily lives. The resentment is real.

Concurrent with the “#1 in Civil Rights” exhibit, there’s a special section of books by local authors or about local struggles in the Missouri History Museum gift shop. I picked up a book titled “That’s The Way It Was” by Vida Goldman Prince. It’s stories of struggle, survival and self-respect in 20th Century Black St. Louis as told through interviews with ordinary people enduing both institutional racism and individual acts of racial contempt.

One common thread was the ever-present anger, sometimes just below the surface, when mistreated by white folks or the system of white supremacy and feeling powerless to react in the way you really wanted to. Read more

Brothers of the Black List

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Published in the St. Louis American, October 5, 2017

 

“We’re all equal under the law. I was completely duped by that. I thought that was the deal. Then all of a sudden, I look around and it ain’t. It is not the deal. It is you and it’s us.”

Those were the words of disillusionment spoken by Edward “Bo” Whaley, an African-American professor and counselor at a meeting in 1992 with university officials at State University of New York at Oneonta. Whaley, who worked tirelessly to support his “kids,” had seen the line drawn in the upstate New York town with a racist dragnet of the black, male students on campus after an attempted rape off campus. The incident on September 4, 1992 spurred the longest litigated civil rights case in U.S. history. Read more