Trump, sexual assault and the curious case of Nate Parker
SUSAN K. SMITH | 10/28/2016, 1:30 p.m.
We can pretend that the powers and principalities do not exert control over the masses and do all they can to keep the masses under that control, but the fact is that power works very hard to protect itself. People in power will do almost anything to make sure things stay as they are and that people stay in “their place.” Young Black people coming out of the decrepit and deteriorating cities to protest the way they have been treated do not fit the behavior model. Those who are oppressed are supposed to keep a thick upper lip and deal with it. Anger amongst Black people is really not allowed, and disrupting the society is definitely taboo.
What we see in this Nate Parker case is two of America’s “isms” working side by side: racism and sexism. Neither Black nor female lives matter in this nation. The judicial system did not really care that a young woman was apparently raped by Parker and his friend. She was just a woman, an object, just like for many in this nation and world, Black people are just objects to be used to help build economies and keep them going. Neither women nor Blacks have yet reached the status of being full human beings.
Someone will say this is an extremely skeptical view of life, but unfortunately, it rings true. A lot of people, men and women, are saying the women coming forward against Trump are lying, and that even if he did accost them, it was a long time ago and they need to get over it – just like White people say that slavery and Jim Crow are both over and we ought to get over it. Trauma doesn’t go away like that, and life is not fair or right… except, it seems, if one is male, White or Black.
Dr. Susan K Smith is the founder of Crazy Faith Ministries. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.