The View, recently showed a clip of a [black] woman who (it seems) instigated a conflict with a hispanic man on the subway. The woman got in his face and was being obnoxious. They went back and forth and exchanged words, ultimately, the woman hit him with her shoes. The man then became very angry and slapped her across the face, she flew back a few feet. The video has since gone viral. Some people have said that the woman deserved to be slapped, others have said that the man shouldn’t have hit her back.
I wil not be showing the clip, but all I can say is the woman was ignorant and the man could have walked away from the confrontation. However, a trend that I’ve noticed is that the media loves to portray Black woman as aggressive and instead of viewing the incident on the subway as an ignorant woman whose behavior is more of an indicator of her upbringing and values than her race, the incident was viewed as being a typical black woman in action.
Worldstar hiphop is the biggest perpetuator of the angry, violent black woman trope, which is why I do not support their website. You can just imagine the comments about Black women that resulted from this video.
However there were even some Black women who jumped on the bandwagon and were quick to throw other black women under the bus, based off of stereotypical assumptions that Black women are more prone to violence than others. I stand by my assertion that you can find aggressive and ignorant people in all ethnicities and I know for a fact that the media selects who they want to portray as violent and who they want to portray as victims.
You can have nineteen sweet, kind Black women and one loud, aggressive Black woman and the media will choose to focus on the one ignorant black woman and cancel out the twenty sweet, kind Black women.
Ultimately, no matter how hard you as a Black woman try to distance yourself from Black women who behave in ignorant manners by throwing all Black woman under the bus, ultimately ALL Black women are hurt when we are portrayed as being exceptionally violent by the media. These images make it a lot easier for people to dismiss Black women when we are victims. For example, when a Black woman goes missing, the media seldom reports on it. When a white woman goes missing, the media goes into a frenzy. Why? Because white women are continuously stereotyped as being worthy of protection whereas Black women are seen as violent and unworthy of protection or dignity. This is why some people do not believe that we can be real victims. If we are brutalized by police, we must have done something to instigate that brutality, if we are raped, we must have seduced the man because we are too aggressive and violent to be true victims. This isn’t to excuse the behavior of the woman on the subway, she was ignorant, completely wrong and she needs to be held accountable for her actions.
However, Black women should not have to be held accountable for the actions of one woman, but it’s apparent that when one Black woman messes up, all Black women have to be thrown under the bus.
I wrote a post a while ago about aggressive white women, please feel free to check it out.
I have many questions:
If the woman on the subway had been blonde, would it have gone viral, would she have even been slapped the way the black woman was?
Wy do we never see clips like the ones below portrayed in the media?
When will we see more videos like this on the View?