When used by others as an insult, the controlling image of The Angry Black Woman has caused Black women to feel isolated, humiliated and suffocated for far too long. A controlling image is more than a stereotype. It’s a prophecy everyone is looking for Black women to fulfill; therefore whenever a Black woman even raises her voice, she automatically is seen as: intimidating, scary, ill-tempered, feisty, wrathful, bitter, and ultimately “The Angry Black Woman” who must shrink into their controlling image.
According to The New York Times, the police department in Kansas City, Missouri is in the process of implementing a new program. Good, right, since we have seen, especially over the past year, that police departments and police training programs in the U.S. are in some serious need of reform? Not so much.
Moving forward, marginalized voices must form solidarity in this movement around sexual violence. Dialogue, validation and healing must happen. And as Stanford tries to understand what to do regarding its policies of sexual assault, marginalized voices need to be loud in every meeting, town hall and discussion.
If we agree that financial outcomes should only be a function of what we control – that is, the effort and choices we make – then we have to eradicate systems of inherited advantage and disadvantage. Doing so requires those with privilege to renounce it and support the greater good by ending inheritance.
As always, the leap from the is to the ought is never an easy one to make, but my sense is that retributive justice or the idea of “just desert”deserves way less currency than it has now. In place of retribution should be a focus on rehabilitation or recidivism reduction.
“Law is the power we have to protect the weak and oppressed against the strong,” Fatou Bensouda, chief prosecutor for the International Criminal Court (ICC) of the United Nations, told a crowded Hewlett Auditorium.
It is rare these days to find advanced first-world nations that still employ the death penalty. In fact, other countries that appear on the list of “Death Penalty Permitted” besides the United States are countries that have developed negative reputations over recent years. One of the requirements for entry into the European Union is the outlaw of capital punishment. Here at home, 34 states still practice the death penalty — California being one of them.