At some point I decided
that if I was going to speak about all the things that are trapped or
experienced in this body, I had to be able to just put it out there. I
can’t tiptoe around it. I can’t be subtle about it. I can’t be afraid
of it. I think that a lot of women who have experienced the things I’ve
experienced, and are angry about it, are at the point where they no
longer want to tiptoe around the subject, or be coy about it, or act as
if they’re ashamed of it—as if it is their fault. Recognizing that
feeling, and the emotions around what happened, is a part of a process.
It’s part of how you store those things within you.
Tyrese Coleman, Guernica: A magazine of global arts & politics
In Toni Morrison’s novel Beloved, Stamp Paid appears
all-knowing, for he believes he knows the whole story. Certainly he’s
a man’s “hero,” recognizable, these days, for the
role he played transporting enslaved blacks from the South to the
North. Or, as we’ve come to understand, one category of unfree
story of violence in the US, however, isn’t as straight forward
as an impatient Stamp Paid would like it to be. For the womenfolk
behind the door at 124, he’s clueless. He won’t knock but
will walk pass the women, without attempting to listen carefully to
what may seem indecipherable. He won’t try to discover what’s
transpiring in this home, in the “free” land. He’ll
return to the world of the chivalrously heroic. Ad for sometime, no
one will be the wiser.
home, however, the door is locked and the women behind it believe
they are now “free at last to be what they liked, see whatever
they saw and say whatever was on their minds.”
Writes Morrison. Almost.
indistinguishable are their thoughts from those of the perpetrators
of violence? Night and day, it seems violence pursues them, and
without recourse against the abuse, only “unspeakable thoughts,
unspoken” thoughts emanates from them and thus the home at 124.
and there, among the womenfolk, the norm is the suckling of stolen
milk. A chokecherry tree. The mark on a mother’s body. Fathers,
uncles, and nephews. A baby girl and “death spasms.” A
the country waits for Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report
on whether or not Trump and his men “colluded” with the
Russians, that is, Putin and his men, and/or engaged in whatever
“criminal” activity, expressed in words, in a court
document, only to redacted—for public viewing,
others have been called out, urged to provide tell-all testimonies.
almost a sideshow. Since women came forth charging the now former
movie mogul Harvey Weinstein with sexual abuse of power, sexual
assault, rape, other women have declared their silence too much of a
burden. In the buzz, there are notable culprits: James Levine, Louis
C.K., Matt Lauer, Al Franken. And there’s America’s Dad,
Bill Cosby, who thought drugging his victims first was the best
option for carrying out his assault on women. It turns out that many
only deny and denounce the accusers or others belief an apology
suffices to remove all responsibility. Accountability.
Nassar, former physician for the USA women’s gymnastics team,
receives a sentence of up to 175 years for sexually assaulting 250
girls since 1992. Two hundred and fifty lives Nassar thought were his
to control and manipulate to serve him. Whenever I catch a glimpse of
him, he looks forlorn, as if something has been brought down upon
him. And his victims
were mainly underage children.
he thinking about what these young girls endured after
his assault on them?
the former chairmen and CEO of CBS,
engaged “nonconsensual sexual misconduct in and outside the
workplace, both before and after he came to CBS in 1995,”
according to a New York Times report.
Such is power for the powerful.
Chin “fully” defends her husband, according to Variety.
amazing how many women provide legal representation—for the
defense. What a testimony!
yet, I’ve skimmed news articles calling for an end to the
Mueller “witch hunt” as well as these accusations by
women, predominantly, against abusers of power. The #MeToo movement
has gone too far! Really!
there’s last year, 2017, and the Roy Moore situation. It’s
hardly a secret in his territory. Moore’s a predator. He spent
time at the malls, looking for his victims. He prefers young teens.
One as young as 14-years old. His pursuit of happiness goes back as
far as the 1970s.
chief justice of the Supreme Court of Alabama, and he’s a
candidate in a special election for a US Senate seat, no less.
few now grown women step forward. We know Roy Moore!
other women in the state declare Moore their guy to represent them in
the US senate! And Trump, Access-Hollywood-Trump, naturally agrees
with the women who will vote for their guy.
no one told the black women voters of Alabama anything.
what was that all about, huh… women—grandmothers,
mothers, aunts, sisters—bragging about their support for an
alleged pedophile, if not an embrace of self-hatred?
walk on the wrong side of history is to walk on the corpses of all
the Harriet Tubmans, all the suffrage activists.
We’re waiting on Mueller.
once Muller’s report is in, will it be all over? Done finished?
Like Obama’s presidency ended racism in America? Abuse of power
will cease to be in America?
running back for the Kansas City Chief, Kareem Hunt, is on video
beating and kicking a women.
of sexual misconduct have been brought against astrophysicist Neil
Degrasse Tyson. Asley Watson worked with Tyson as a former assistant
on Cosmos while
Katelyn Allers, who spoke up in May of this year, is currently an
astronomer at Bucknell University. With Watson, Tyson found her
irresistibly huggable (“I want to hug you so bad right
now...”). But Watson’s no teddy bear; she didn’t
appreciate being made to feel uncomfortable.
too, didn’t appreciate Tyson touching her as he traced her
tattoo of the solar system. She had hopes that Tyson would become her
mentor in the profession, but he didn’t entertain an interest
in mentoring Allers.
now the popular science educator can’t imagine how he came
across to the women as “creepy.”
was just being Neil Degrasse Tyson.
the accusations of sexual misconduct against Tyson are not new.
Tchiya Amet, a musician, recalls her date with Tyson. At his
apartment, she has a drink, and, some time later, she awakens to find
herself naked. It’s 1984 and Amet and Tyson both were graduate
students at the University of Texas.
years, Amet has tried to tell her story. No one would listen.
Tyson admits to an affair with Amet back then, but not the rape.
could discuss the accomplishments of a black woman astrophysicist…
But no. Amet has survived. Yes, despite the damage, she has done
that. And her story is finally out from behind closed doors.
already it’s about the abuse of power. The collusion of the
powerful: Micheal Flynn, Paul Manafort, Micheal Cohen, Roger Stone.
The Trump sons.
daughter and the wife too.
all of the wives. The daughters. Of the powerful.
abusers. And they are not alone.
is there for those who know it’s for them, their right of
passage. Their entitlement.
Mueller hasn’t called on Alex Acosta, the Secretary of Labor,
for the Trump administration, to testify about abuse of power; he’s
busy with the president’s men. Nonetheless, Acosta is no less a
man among the empowered men.
to FBI reports, Jeffrey Epstein, multimillionaire and former hedge
fund manager, orchestrated a sex ring, trafficking in underage girls
from “overseas” (Julie K. Brown’s investigative
report for the Miami Herald, November
28, 2018). His “parties,” at his homes in Manhattan, New
Mexico, and the Caribbean, featured these girls. Children.
is (or was) a friend of Bill, that is, Bill Clinton. He is (or was) a
friend of Trump. He is (or was) a friend of Prince Andrew—because
Clinton, Trump, Andrew and all the other buddies will stumble over
one another now to deny knowledge of a Jeffrey Epstein. Who? Epstein!
Epstein is what counts as important patronage in the narrative of
American success and relevance.
in this despotic world are subordinates. “Recruiters!”
Young women who flock to the powerful and helped to coerce these
children to perform sex acts for the master, Jeffrey Epstein. Whose
thoughts usurped theirs?
US AG for the Southern Florida district, Alex Acosta hears about
Epstein’s exploitation of the vulnerable. But Epstein’s a
god among men! He’s money’s god, and, as a result, people
of consequence gravitate towards him. He’s all American.
the accusers are what?
reads the 2005 FBI report, which includes interviews with some of
Epstein’s victims, and he examines the evidence the FBI
complied, evidence that proves Epstein culpable. But Acosta looks out
for his own future. Epstein, for him, is bath in gold. And like,
Trump, Acosta discovers he’s skilled in the art of the deal. In
2008, on behalf of Epstein, Acosta and others in various courts,
effectively killing the FBI investigation. You grant “immunity”
to someone like Jeffrey Epstein! Why should federal criminal charges
forestall the livelihood of money-making greatness of a guy like
the story of these underage girls, women in their 20s and 30s now
refuses to die behind a door of silence. The women decide to become
audible, transgress the norm to remain representative of all that is
old Michelle Licata: “I don’t think anyone has been told
the truth about what Jeffrey Epstein did… He ruined my life
and a lot of girls’ lives. People need to know what he did and
why he wasn’t prosecuted so it never happens again.”
are now privy not only to the stories of these victims of abuse but
also to how a system that demands greed, corruption, and above all
else, respect for the powerful awards those who worship it with all
their being. Trump, a magnet for such worshipers, promotes/awards
Alex Acosta, who was a former dean of Florida International
University of College Law and assistant attorney general for Civil
Rights, mind you!--Trump promotes/awards Acosta to a cabinet position
as Secretary of Labor.
report is a corner in an enormous house of shame. Collusion among the
patriarchs for any reason is a threat to the idea of democracy, human
rights, human decency everywhere.
white supremacy in its many shades of injustice.
we wonder why 85,000 children have died from starvation in Yemen?
After all, Trump has friends in Saudi Arabia. Friends in high places
there where the women live in silence.
boy’s war games must go on…
at 124, the worst passes. Jettisoning the damning thoughts, the young
women steps out. The older women come in. Together, they lift the
damaged and weakened, and all head for the clearing—to