Pimps Up, Ho's Down: Hip Hop's Hold on Young Black Women

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TOO HOT TO BE BOTHERED
Black Women and Sexual Abuse

[W]e, black women, have always been supportive
of black men in the struggle against racism, even
while we were being raped. Even while rape and
assault has been going on in our communities.
This is important because so many react as if
talking about rape and assault in our communi-
ties is somehow not being supportive of black
men, or as if it were not being loyal to black men.

—AISHAH SHAHIDAH SIMMONS,
Independent Filmmaker1

The larger question is, “What transpires in our
community that allows such a thing to be on the
minds of young men who are six and seven years
old?”

—CREG WILLIAMS, former superintendent
of the St. Louis Public Schools, in
response to the sexual assault of a
second-grader by twelve of her peers
in spring 2006 at a school playground
during recess

Have you seen the tape?” a rather smart female student inquired of the R. Kelly tape. “That was him! And that was obviously a very young girl. She had to ask him for sexual directives!” But no sooner than I had proceeded to lecture about interstate trafficking

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