"Wisdom is knowing the truth, and telling it."~~Unknown
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
False Representation of Black Women
Black women have always been the backbone of the black community. It is their strength that has carried us through the most trying times. Lately, there has been an attempt to paint black women with a negative brush. The birth control scheme didn't work so they came up with another conniving scheme to end black births--herpes.
I've been trying to tell people for years that birth control was a scheme to keep the black population low and in the minority. Strength comes in numbers. Although, many black people do not believe it and think that idea borders on some far-fetched notion or is crazy.
However, I have lived long enough to spot the same old tired game that some added adornment has been sewed on to make it look like a different dress. But if you look underneath the hem it is the same old worn dress that has been patched up to look new. No one has to take my word for it. However, I am not taking it back and still stand my ground on what I've been telling folks.
Last month, a report came out saying that half of black women have herpes. What the report failed to mentioned is how they came to that conclusion. Painting black women with a broad brush in a study with only 5,000 people and 893 low income black women that did not include middleclass or wealthy black women and comparing them against middleclass whites was quite a stretch of the truth if you ask me.
"The current herpes statistics were based on a group of 893 African-American women, but the 48 percent number has been misinterpreted in most reports. "These women were only tested for antibodies to the HSV-2 virus," explains Dr. David Malebranche, an assistant professor at Emory whose research focuses on STDs in African Americans. "This means that they have been exposed to the herpes virus, but it does not mean that these women have actually developed the disease or have active herpes. In fact, they may never develop active herpes." ~~Sheree Crute, The ROOT~~
Nevertheless, this isn’t the first time a study involving black people has been bias or exaggerated and falsely presented. I suspect it will not be the last, until the real post-racial America comes along.
Black women singled out as a target with one purpose—to denigrate black women’s character, which is just another method of ploy to destroy and emasculate the black population.
Nevertheless, that game is as old as me because blacks have always been lumped as one and targeted in a negative way. And the negative indictments against us have always been exaggerated on purpose. They attached negative labels to all of those blacks of Oklahoma's "Black Wall Street" who owned appropriately 800 impressive businesses during that era the same negative way. They were “My people perish for lack of knowledge.”
All of my life I observed people and often wondered why hatred between the human beings exists. As a black woman I have experienced it proliferated towards my people and me in myriad extreme and often subtle forms in which one could ever imagine toward a group of people.
One day, while meditating I asked the question why do people hate so much not knowing that this question would take me on a journey that would lead to an answer which has been one of the greatest deceptions in the history of mankind.
My journey has led me to the place that I am now, which is fighting against injustice, inequality, and enslavement of the minds of my people by the pharaohs of today.
Lord knows I am not perfect, nor do I profess to be. Neither are my people and no human being on earth is as a matter-of-fact. There are human flaws in every single race.
So, then my question is what gives one race the idea that they should have control over all others?