Three years ago, on this very day, March 14th, politician and social activist Marielle Franco was killed by unknown murderers who shot her several times including three times in the face. She was only 39. It is true that the supporters of the colonial propaganda regarding the mixed race background of Latinized America enjoy highlighting the various racial heritages in Brazil and in the whole sphere. Marielle was a mixed Black woman, an Afro-Indigenous woman, who came from the favelas and guess what, her various admixture did not deter her murderers from shooting her point blank. Not at all.
The social and political representation and condition of Black women today in the Western hemisphere (Western Europe, North America, the Caribbean and South America) is rooted in a silent catastrophe no one dares to talk about, really. As black women have greatly enjoyed an exposure to mass consumerism over the years, becoming one of the most important targets over the last decades, the institutions like to push a certain imagery of black women’s success through the selection of corrupt females they pick and choose. Michelle Obama, though married to a war criminal, has been hailed as the queen of her Black community. Recently, Indian Kamala Harris with a fifteen per cent African heritage was selected as the new VP and the first at that, to assist old, desperate and dying Joe Biden, the new American head of state. These women are supposed to represent an advancement for a community they sometimes secretly despise (in this case, Kamala Harris who always hated black men). Yet, they do not represent black women at all but are examples for the black and mixed black women who want to serve the establishment. Not to the rebels.
Actually, such imagery is false in all ways. In the 21st century, Black women are more trapped than ever between two opposite movements. Indeed, the black female body is either oversexualized when compliant or brutalized if deemed too rebel.
It is beyond comprehension today to see so many cases of black women’s cruelty exposed and the exploitation of other black women who are used to advance the porn agenda and the sexual liberation movement. The establishment will always be kind to corrupt agents who bow down to the rules and want to advance the agendas, however, it will be horrible to the women who dare rebel.
Actually, the porn agenda pushed by white institutions in the north was made to manipulate Black and Brown women into thinking that they evolve in a safe space, and that our “civilized” nations built upon the backs of oppressed Native Americans and Africans since 1492, can not do them any harm. The harshest brutal cases are made to be isolated and do not appear in the media at all. Through this technique, the murders of the ladies who rebelled would be blamed on their political activities only, when in reality, the body of a black woman is not safe at all and still under attack.
The murder of Marielle Franco should have opened way more eyes across the world. But it did not as it should. To many women living in the northern hemisphere, social fights led by female warriors such as Francia Marquez in Colombia (she is still alive), Marielle Franco in Brazil, Maria Elena Moyano in Peru who was assassinated in 1992 and many other African, Afro-Indigenous, or Indigenous women in Latinized America are abstract. As they have been living in their American/European privilege, they consider the resistance of these women to be third world problems and a continuity in the political chaos of their regions. Though these Black and Brown Latinized women risk their lives everyday to denounce machism, femicides in Central America, Mexico and the rest of the continent, Northern women, whether Black or White, especially the feminists, do not feel attached to them at all. Unless their causes can be exploited to justify their own anger and malice.
Black women from the northern hemisphere have deeply agreed to be bought back by the system they claimed to have wanting to fight against. Upon arriving at the time of slavery, the black female body has been perceived and revered through the sexual prowess only. But even then, women such as Harriet Thubman had the courage to stand up and fight against their daily oppression. In the 1960s, the fight for the Civil Rights was also motivated by black women’s desires to be respected and be perceived as human beings too. And at that time, the Panthers had preserved the culture of solidarity with oppressed people from the southern hemisphere. However, after the murder of the leaders and the destruction of the movement, the American institutions silenced any form of black revolt by exposing them to the joys of capitalism. And black women have agreed to be used as the first objects to advance the acquirement of wealth through the power of sex.
Yet, this tactic is vain and despicable, especially when women in the southern sphere experiment far worst and a great disdain from the people from the north, whether black or white.
Nothing has changed since 1492 in essence, for our communities have been under study for more than five hundred years now. A slave who dances and pleases the masters will avoid the hurt caused by the punches but when a slave rejects their condition, they will be punished. And this is what Marielle proves. The brutality of the masters is still present and there is no middle ground for a black woman. There are either oversexualized beings no one will ever respect or rebels who end up with a bullet in their faces. Celebrating your over sexualization does not make one a winner, but a slave to the system.
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