Melissa Harris-Perry lays the smack down. And makes fun of Aaron Sorkin as she does it.
Only thing more frustrating that blatantly anti-Black misogynist Black men are those who ‘love us’ so much they ignore our lived experience. ‘I love Black women with all my heart and so do my friends, so you must be exaggerating, immersed in the brainwashed exception.’ Fuck that dude. Your love is worthless if you can’t respect Black women enough to care that so many are regularly attacked/bullied/trolled by YOUR PEERS. ‘I love y’all! I don’t know what you’re talking about.’ Perhaps you don’t because you’re too busy singing your own praises to find out. ‘My mom/daughter/partner are everything. God is a Black woman.’ Then concern yourself with men who delight in degrading us. Don’t fact check me.
It must be nice to exist in an alternate universe devoid of anti-Black misogyny. But most women with Black features are here in the real world. I don’t need to be your Queen or Sistah. I don’t care if you worship a God with nappy hair and nose wide like mine if my lived experience < your opinion.
It’s not enjoyable to recount/recall the fact that men, who have little girls that look like me, think I’m dirt on the bottom of their shoe. The last thing I want or need to do with my free time is fabricate verbal abuse from Black men AND all other groups. It happens. End of story.
She spoke a WORD here. A WORD! I seriously stand in a tug of war position between these two types of Black men. One directly attacks me and harms me in almost unspeakable ways. The other runs in but not to defend me, call the former one out or even to talk about how Black men’s misogynoir oppresses Black women. Nope. He arrives right on time to say "not ‘all’ Black men harm" even as one is actively harming me. He also arrives to gaslight me, claim I don’t support Black men and claim he loves Black women despite our “betrayal.” Basically, my lived experiences are ignored.
So yes, she spoke a word!
As early as 1837, as a State Legislator, [Abraham] Lincoln referred to the injustice and impracticality of slavery. Later he wrote of the physical differences between blacks and whites and made it clear that he felt whites were superior. At times he concluded that the white man could not live with the Negro. This accounted for his conviction that the only answer to the problem was to colonize the black man-send him back to Africa, or to the West Indies or some other isolated spot.This view was still in his mind toward the height of the Civil War … Frederick Douglas, a Negro of towering grandeur, sound judgement and militant initiative, sought, without success, to persuade Lincoln that slavery, not merely the preservation of the union, was at the root of the war.
… On January 1, 1863, he issued the Emancipation Proclamation, freeing the Negro from the bondage of chattel slavery …
But underneath, the ambivalence of white America toward the Negro still lurked with painful persistence. with all the beautiful promise that Douglass saw in the Emancipation Proclamation, he soon found that it left the Negro with only abstract freedom. Four million newly liberated slave found themselves with no bread to eat, no land to cultivate, no shelter to cover their heads. It was like freeing a man who had been unjustly imprisoned for years, and on discovering his innocence sending him out with no bus fare to get home, no suit to cover his body, no financial compensation to atone for his long years of incarceration and to help him get a sound footing in society; sending him out with only the assertion: “Now you are free.” what greater injustice could society perpetrate? All the moral voices of the universe, all the codes of sound jurisprudence, would rise up with condemnation at such an act. Yet this is exactly what America did to the Negro. In 1863 the Negro was given abstract freedom expressed in luminous rhetoric. But in an agrarian economy he was given no land to make liberation concrete. After the war the government granted white settlers, without cost, millions of acres of land in the West, thus providing America’s new white peasants from Europe with an economic floor. But at the same time its oldest peasantry, the Negro, was denied everything but a legal status he could not use, could not consolidate, could not even defend. As Frederick Douglas came to say, “Emancipation granted the Negro freedom to hunger, freedom to winter amid the rains of heaven. Emancipation was freedom and famine at the same time.”
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Taken from his last book “Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community?” (1967) (pages 77-79)