Where are women of color with the #MeToo Movement?

Where are women of color with the #MeToo Movement?

In the midst of this great #MeToo movement, wherein women feel empowered (and rightfully so) to strike back against sexual predators and harassers, there is a recent article in Yahoo asking where the voices of women of color are.

It’s a valid question.

And I thought the responses were reasonable, however unfortunate, and responses that others need to hear. They have more to lose, and there are messages beneath the unspoken surface level appearance as well. Errin Haines Whack of the AP wrote a good piece that deserves more eyeballs and discussion. Check it out.

 

Dove Apologizes and Pulls Racist Commercial when caught

Dove Apologizes and Pulls Racist Commercial when caught

Looks like the subtle mind-programming trying to instruct inferiority is still grinding out their propaganda.

Dove apparently posted a pretty racist commercial and as soon as it was found and brought to light, immediately apologized and removed it. The irony is that this is the same type of ad that was infamously posted in a Japanese commercial in which a Japanese woman “washed” the black right out of a man until he came out of the washing machine white enough for her to accept.

I don’t think it’s enough to say “ooops” and pull something once you’ve been caught, especially when you’re a mass media powerhouse like Dove. Who created the ad? Why was there apparently no oversight in letting it be filmed and then aired? Why did the networks run it, when any fools could see its racism? What was the intent?

Here are a few links to the story:

 

 

What’s Up with the Bachelorette So Far?

What’s Up with the Bachelorette So Far?

Not really sure what to make of the new Bachelorette. It’s great that you have (finally) the first African-American female in the program’s history and it’s a true shame that it took roughly a decade (?) to ensure this no-brainer.

The program (thus far) is a guilty pleasure; entertaining in the best way reality TV is known for (salaciousness, men and women salivating over each other, hints at depth) and Rachel Lindsay, the Bachelorette herself, is doing an admirable job of being level-headed and projecting warmth and sufficient empathy to maintain interest.

What do you think of the show so far?

It seems this upcoming episode(s) on 06/26/17 will feature some kind of “explosion” (and no, I’m not going to make a bad joke about what kind of “explosion” we’re likely to see since the show isn’t X-rated at this time). This is great for viewership, and we can only speculate that the “wrestler guy” will somehow “explode” on Lee, who (so far…) is manipulating kindly Kenny like a puppeteer.

Meanwhile, Lee, the master manipulator not only seems to have issued racist (or close to it? I haven’t seen the tweets myself) tweets at some point, but a former Bachelor contestant Leah Block issued comparable tweets.

So, we’re glad to finally have a black Bachelorette, and we’re waiting to see how this “landmark” season unfurls.