VIDEO: “What Black Women Think – Black Men and Street Harassment”

The description reads, “In this segment Sistah Girl and her friend Dante discuss the many reasons Black men give to justify their cat calls, profanity, physical assaults and verbal abuse of Black females on public transit and on the streets of cities across the U.S. Sistah Girl breaks down the behaviors and the sense of entitlement to women’s time, attention and bodies that Black men believe they deserve to have. From the creative mind of advice columnist Deborrah Cooper. Visit her blog at www.survivingdating.com.”

The computer voices are a little distracting, but the point that harassment hurts is well made. And although I don’t think this is the point the video is trying to make, I feel a need to point out that black men are statistically no more likely to harass than any other color or men. Like all forms of violence against women, street harassment crosses lines of race and class, and to call it a “cultural thing” minimizes the experiences of women of all colors and cultures who believe that street harassment is appalling and disgusting.

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  1. Golden Silence says:

    And although I don’t think this is the point the video is trying to make, I feel a need to point out that black men are statistically no more likely to harass than any other color or men. Like all forms of violence against women, street harassment crosses lines of race and class, and to call it a “cultural thing” minimizes the experiences of women of all colors and cultures who believe that street harassment is appalling and disgusting.

    Street harassment is definitely not a cultural thing, but women tend to get harassed more by men the same race as they are. As a black woman, I can relate to what’s going on in the video. I’ve been harassed in the same manner described, being complimented one minute then cursed out the next because I’ve rejected a harasser’s advances. Most of the men who harass me have sadly been black, but that does not mean in any way, shape or form that I think only black men harass. However, to completely dismiss the video’s take would to be a disservice.

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