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I have to admit that I purposely ignored the Golden Globes and all of its
Hollywood Rich Women’s #MeToo moments. However, I was more than insulted
listening online this morning to Oprah compare the violent and brutal pain
of rapes and even murders that Black women endured by racist white men
during Jim Crow to that of rich white women in Hollywood and business.

The brutal gang rape of Recy Taylor by six white men in Alabama is not
comparable to the alleged sexual assaults that rich white women* (often
times purposely endured for fame and money) *are fighting in their new
#TimesUp and #MeToo movements. To compare the savagery and racism that
fueled the many rapes and abuse that Black women had to endure by the hands
of racist white men to that of rich white women’s new fight for dominance
and power is a shameful erasure, even for Oprah. These rich women weren’t
raped, beaten, bloodied and left to die because of hate and white power,
these rich women chose silence out of fear of their careers and wealth,
Black women who chose silence during Jim Crow etc., chose silence out of
fear for their very lives and that of their families.

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