It is the second morning after the Golden Globes, and the white media is having a field day sensationalizing the Oprah Winfrey speech that seemingly brings black female sexual assault to the forefront. Specifically, Winfrey is lauded for speaking of the late Recy Taylor, a black woman who endured decades of mental and physical torment following a viscous sexual attack performed by six white men. The speech performs the pseudo activism that has become customary in contemporary culture. Oprah, a staple in the black community for her fictive ability to consummate whiteness in her acquisition of wealth, and a staple in the white community for her personification of the mammy character, remains a forgotten white affiliate to many within the black collective.
Americanizing the African Struggle
Let us not forget that Oprah Winfrey, a melanatated woman, has proved a bridge for white men Dr. Oz, Dr. Phil, and Craig Wright, creator of Greenleaf—a show about a black family, to achieve stardom. While brining Toni Morrison’s Beloved and Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God to the big screen, Winfrey has done a significant amount to accelerate an already privileged demographic despite imbuing consistent praise as a portrait of black excellence. Winfrey’s Golden Globes speech, though seemingly centralizing black female sexual assault, places Winfrey at the front of the #metoo movement illustrating black excellence, as defined by whites, as upholding ideas of white supremacy.
Yes, despite media coverage to the contrary, the #metoo movement is not a stride away from white supremacy, but a veiled stride to strengthen it.
This fact is personified in Winfrey’s feminist speech that places her at the boots of white women in their #metoo march to white female supremacy. The #metoo movement, despite its tireless efforts to recruit the black female form and other beings of color, is rooted in the traditional version of woman defined as a non-male white. The recruited function to aid white women to the throne, believing that white female reign will differ from that of their male counterparts, while the initial erasure the #metoo hashtag garnered Tarana Burke—the black woman who started this phrasing, proves otherwise.
The erasure of the black female form is pervasive in feminism— a pattern epitomized not overturned in Winfrey’s speech. Winfrey’s speech Americanizes the systemic and physical violence subjected to the black female body. To place Recy Taylor’s sexual and systemic assault in the #metoo dialogue suggests that what happened to Recy could happen to any “woman—“ an assertion that is as dangerous as it is untrue. What happened to Recy Taylor, Betty Owens, and Tawana Brawley illustrates what every conscious black female form understands—that to this white society, we are not woman. The sexually and systemically mutilated black female form illustrates the blood shed and sanity sacrificed to ensure the white female form, and the white female form only can encompass the woman label.
It is also imperative to note that what happened to Recy Taylor, Betty Owens, Tawana Brawley and the innumerable amount of black female bodies subject to the inconsequential sexual assault of white men, did not happen to everyone—it happened to black women and this continues to happen to black women in the shadows of a society that only sees black women as Maury guests, welfare queens, or reality stars. Thus, Winfrey’s actions are not ones of acknowledgment, but of assault. Winfrey illustrates the bullet cast to the black collective when folk choose gender over race. Furthermore, Winfrey’s Americanizing of African sexual and systemic assault, depicts anecdotes of African injustice as only valid when ejected from a “black” context. For if acknowledged in a black context stories like Recy Taylor, Betty Owens, Tawana Brawley are dismissed as lies birthed to “divide” the “united” states—oh, the irony.
It is also worth mentioning that this reference to Recy Taylor, also comes after her transition from elder to ancestor, her terror now archived in a romanticism that is approachable since those who would initially question her role in her assault can no longer look Taylor, a symbol of the same terror that birthed the nation to which we reside, in eyes that have seen the height of white evil.
So despite the decision of many attendees to wear black clothing to symbolize “solidarity,” the wearing of black clothing symbolizes the death of the black female form and the rise of woman. The golden globes’ pseudo demonstration of solidarity in black attire proves an insult to black people as the people in black would rather wear black than acknowledge blackness as outside a white framework. The old saying “a wolf in sheep’s clothing” seems fitting here, as The Golden Globes featured a number of anti lacks in black clothing. So while marketed as solidarity, it is more fitting to say that the people in black selected their hue so not to taint whiteness.
#metoo and the Cost of Black Female Recruitment
The #metoo argument is essentially a gender conflict between whites—a battle for the supremacist throne. Black bodies, as seen in Winfrey and countless other black people emerging as tools in enforcing a white agenda, are simply casualties in a war the white woman has launched against the white man. Particularly, #metoo is part of a feminist agenda composed to engender white female supremacy.
Considering this truth makes you wonder if the popularizing of a certain woman-dominated family that starts with the letter “K” was actually foreshadow for the wave of feminism that now dominates contemporary culture. I would be remiss not to point that feminism in in part and whole is a violent mockery of black familial structure. As asserted by Hortense Spillers in “Mama’s Baby, Papa’s Maybe” the matriarchal structure reflected in black society—illustrates the influence of white colonialism. Namely, the matriarchy that dominates many black families is birthed from the systemic emasculation of black men. Thus, black matriarchy is not one of choice but one of coercion.
Contemporary feminism seeks to encompass this coerced structure in seeking to render the same fate rendered to the black man for centuries, to the white man– by any means necessary. This of course has not been the result, as black men continue to face outrageous charges for rape like Kaquawn Lane who recently received a 77-year sentence, while white men, though outed, resume the right to roam and rape. There is also a clear demarcation between race and gender as Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, and Matt Lauer fall into the #metoo movement because they are men, but Tavis Smiley falls victim because he is black.
Thus, as a recruited feminist agent, the black female form not only reduces the impact of her own collective suffering, but assumes a role in systemically wounding her own men. Nonetheless, what the masses witnessed at the golden globes—from the black attire to Winfrey’s speech, are the “means” taken to deliver the white female body to the finish line of white female supremacy.
Examining these “means” to almost makes you wonder whether Caitlyn Jenner was a woman trapped in a man’s body, or a man seeking to occupy the direction of societal dominance. As a trans-woman, Jenner has received far more acknowledgement as woman than any black woman. For as Jenner’s Vanity Fair cover hung from newsstands throughout the globe in July 2015, Sandra Bland, a twenty-eight year old black woman, hung from her cell. Almost three years later, Bland’s name has dissolved into the dust as Jenner remains a point of reference.
Nevertheless, it is imperative that black body not choose a side in yet another attempt for the white world to appropriate a tool of black disenfranchisement as a tool of white liberation.
In closing, what makes the Golden Globes “golden” is the same thing that makes Oprah relevant, and deems blacks like Sterling K. Brown noteworthy only when occupying white spaces, or in Brown’s case– functioning to illustrate the good in white people and white society.
So whether a recipient of a golden globe, or a reference in an acceptance speech, the Golden Globes proved that while the world hears “me too,” the conscious community hears “nah, not me though.”
Black Power ❤
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#Metoo does not begin to address the rape culture that our ancestors have endured and the plight we as women of color face daily.
Amen sister! ❤
They don’t care about Black women. They never do. Ever. The #metoo movement cares about middle, upper, and elite white women only.
Quick question on matriarchy. Do you think it’s even possible for a man to lead his family and have the respect of his wife even if she makes the most money between the two of them? We all know the stats regarding the economical disparity between or brothers and sisters as a whole. And we know, or should know, that it’s all by design. It’s a very sensitive topic in our community that doesn’t get that much attention when it comes to the significant amount of an emotional impact it has in marriages/relationships. With women, not all of course, who are in that breadwinner role, they tend to think they have the ultimate say so because of that. Which in turn can lead to the emasculation of our men. Curious to hear your thoughts on that.🤔🤔🤔
So, M.M. the short answer is yes.
Money only has the value that you allow it. As a being of black female form, I see placing an emphasis on money as being engulfed in a white ideology. In looking for a spouse or mate, I think its far more functional for a black woman to seek a partner that gives them what money can’t buy. So with that said, money should have nothing to do with a man being respected and valued by a woman if he provides what money cannot.
A house and a car is nice, but having emotional support and someone to exchange ideas with is something that you cannot get in stores.
Thanks for this great question! What are your thoughts?
I agree with all of that…in theory lol. I do think subconsciously that’s what our women are looking for, the security and trust outside of the Dollar bill. But unfortunately like you said, Western philosophy and indoctrination has tricked the majority of our women into measuring her Black male counterpart strictly by his bank account, status, and/or pedigree. And for some reason she can’t seem to break away from that mindset and it ultimately holds the man hostage, if so happens one day he decides he wants to lead his family away from Massa and she doesn’t see the purple see in doing so.
At the end of the day, the man is the one pursuing the woman, the reality being her wants and desires will definitely override his own more often than not. To me, a compromised Black woman that believes in the gospel of Western philosophy in ALL FACETS of life is the greatest weapon white supremacy has against Black men and women “breaking the chains.”
Just like chess, a king cannot reign without his queen, the most versatile player on the board, especially when she’s playing on the other side. That’s game, set, MATCH all day!
Those are my thoughts, didn’t mean to be so long winded lol😁😁😁
Very powerful response! We as a collective are lucky to have a brilliant mind like yourself.
“It is the second morning after the Golden Globes, and the white media is having a field day sensationalizing the Oprah Winfrey speech that seemingly brings black female sexual assault to the forefront. Specifically, Winfrey is lauded for speaking of the late Recy Taylor, a black woman who endured decades of mental and physical torment following a viscous sexual attack performed by six white men. The speech performs the pseudo activism that has become customary in contemporary culture. Oprah, a staple in the black community for her fictive ability to consummate whiteness in her acquisition of wealth, and a staple in the white community for her personification of the mammy character, remains a forgotten white affiliate to many within the black collective.”
Are you reading my mind?lol This is an amazing post! You touched on everything I told a friend yesterday about Oprah’s speech. The speech was nice and she made great points. But our people tend to be very emotional and don’t see the larger issue. Those rich white celebs don’t care about he oppression of black people. And white women like Reese Witherspoon,Angelina Jolie and Nicole Kidman know they have white privilege(power) over black women. The experience of black women is vastly different than white women. They all gave her a standing ovation because they know it’s an empty speech. Oprah was given an award named after a racist Jewish filmmaker. And people honestly think she’s going to stand up to these rich powerful white men who made her a BIG star in the first place?? Please!! Not going to happen! It was a passionate and moving speech…but ultimately it’s empty. But I’m sure it gave people goosebumps. But this society loves style over substance. People like Fred Hampton,Assata Shakur,Malcolm X,Bobby Wright,Harriet Tubman and Amos Wilson spoke real TRUTH to power. The people I named would never be allowed to speak at that event. You have to already have sold your soul to be at that even anyway. Hopefully one day our people will realize(real eyes) the deception they bought into. Thank you for this wonderful post CC. Much respect! ❤
The post is as late as it is because I simply could not stomach the speech. This was a complete injustice to the black female form, and though a melanated person–in my eyes Oprah is as good as white. It hurts that Taylor ‘s body is being used to uphold white women and their antil-black agenda, while the world cheers her on!!
I agree 100%– only soul sellers are invited!!! Very well said!!!
Amen to that! That is the absolute cold truth!
Great post, C.C.
I like looking at the fashion, but that is about all I pay attention to when it comes to these awards shows. Solidarity would be illustrated if those who appear Black and claim their Blackness to skip shows & events like this. There are enough of us to build our OWN (pun intended).
Hey CC,check out this video. This brother gave a great assessment of Oprah’s speech!
LOL this guy’s delivery is funny. The facts are priceless. Seal has also outed Oprah (the irony is not lost on me). It’s just odd, yet not surprising, that everyone seems to be in denial about what produced Oprah’s rise to the top.
Yeah I’m subbed to his channel. He’s pretty funny at times.lol Yes I heard about Seal. The irony is interesting to say the least. Everyone ignores how Oprah got there.
Thanks for sharing! He has a really great perspective!
Yvette had a great take as well. I don’t always agree with her. But this one was on point!
“believing that white female reign will differ from that of their male counterparts.” I submit the white female is as equally, if not more dangerous than the the White Supremacist male. The white woman is very deceptive, manipulating and shrewd. The black collective truly sleeps on and with these deceptive beings. Feminism is just white females wanting more power under White Supremacy. I didn’t watch this award show, I heard the buzz about Oprah’s speech and people calling for her to run for President, although I didn’t hear the speech, I knew immediately what was being done when I heard Recy Taylor had been referenced. Mr. Neely Fuller Jr calls it Racial Showcasing, where the White Supremacists take the Non White person and stick them out front. Victim of Racism Oprah Winfrey’s speech is empty and it’s a ploy by the usual suspects, unfortunately it’s a successful strategy because so many of our people lack even a basic understanding of white people and what it means to be white. We lack a fundamental understanding of Racism White Supremacy, we are emotional when we should be listening and paying attention. Your blog post as usual is on point, pointing out the deception and replacing it with truth. When I detect Racial Showcasing, I generally do not pay it much attention. All of the so called stars serve a purpose, otherwise they would not be there. From the NFL, NBA, to Oprah, they are all placed there by the White Supremacists to induce the comatose state the black collective is in and to maintain the spell of White Supremacy. After all what’s my problem, Oprah made it, why can’t I?
Very profound analysis! Thank you so much for your comment!