In Defense of Survivors

On November 13, 2013, entertainment news (read tabloid) company TMZ uncovered a police report naming Florida State University freshman quarterback and Heisman frontrunner, Jameis Winston. This is not an essay about Jameis Winston, per se. I will not engage in speculating about the nature of Winston’s involvement or his understanding of happenings other than those defended to be consensual. I do, however, wish to address broader topics and systems of oppression converging to create an familiar narrative about rape culture, sport, and exceptionalism in defense of rape survivors.

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Not Impartial

By now, we have all become very familiar with Trayvon Martin, a 17-year old Black boy who was murdered in Sanford, Florida at the hands of George Zimmerman who now stands trial for second-degree murder. Recently, we were also made aware that jury selection has concluded, and not without critiques and concerns from the public personal invested in the outcome of this case. The jurors, all six of whom are women, (five are white, one is Latina) are cause for at least some rightful worry. Fully understanding the complexities of public concern requires we look into the not-so-distant past where, in the summer of 1955 in Sumner, Mississippi, a 14-year old Black boy was murdered.

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A Sad Day for Kappa?

Over the last several days, news regarding the union of Robert Brown and Nathaneal Gay has exposed Black homophobia yet again. While only one-half of the union is a actually a member of Kappa Alpha Psi (which is rather irrelevant altogether), Greeks and non-Greeks alike have opposed and mocked the couple's milestone. In my own e-mail, various messages from listservs arrived without haste, one of which had a subject line reading "Oh No, Sad Day for Kappa." Really? Why is this a sad day for Kappa? 

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You Are Not Alone: Black Male Feminists In Action

Male feminism, and Black male feminism in particular, are relatively new topics within the male-female discourses. With the growing global dissatisfaction and intolerance for injustice, especially the now highly-visible oppression of women and girls, this conversation is as pertinent as ever.

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