Everything about the way that we talk about and deal with sexual assault and sexual violence in America is tainted with our history of sexual violence inflicted by white men, and the attitude/social-political disorder of white privilege. Yet, we continue to have conversations that focus on consent; coercion; prevention; sexuality; safety; accountability; representation; influence; toxic masculinity; feminism; “rape culture” et al. Those are all very important and necessary conversations to have, *but-TTT, they are only relevant or helpful to the larger conversation insofar as to what extent we also honestly consider how racial bias is at play with all of those elements, and at all junctures of our social and criminal justice systems.
By Stacey J. Sage – March 27, 2019 Sanibel Island-Captiva Looking out to where the ocean meets the sky, I think of the ancestors; my people, taken from our land, sold into bondage; forced to relinquish our language, our customs, our identity. I think of the “coasting” period; the close quarters and the intentional divisionContinue reading “Where the Ocean Meets the Sky”