Superbowl Sunday is an American tradition where millions show their love for the NFL. However, this is also a time when sex trafficking, prostitution and sexual assaults amongst young women are spiked across the country. The Daily Beast sheds light on this growing sexual crime enterprise.
Colorism, is nothing new, nor exclusive to Blacks living in America. All across the world, people of color can rarely distance themselves from the lasting affects of colonialism, the preference for lighter complexions and European cultural aspects above all else. The Color Complex, is a very real issue and the divisive characteristics are replicated today.
Colorism is defined as discrimination based on skin color. Coined by author Alice Walker in 1982 it is the dependence on social status based on skin color alone. In America, the most-known displays of institutionalized colorism are rooted in chattel slavery, where women African slaves had no control over their bodies. African women were raped for generations (well over 400 years) by slave masters and men in power. The obvious result became the generations of children with mixed skin complexions, a gross range of hues reflective of copulation throughout the centuries.
1 in 3 women will be beaten or raped during her lifetime. With the world’s population at over 7 billion, this adds up to more than ONE BILLION WOMEN AND GIRLS. The VDay movement along with women activists across the globe decided to take action with powerful awareness and created One Billion Rising.
“ONE BILLION RISING FOR JUSTICE is a global call to women survivors of violence and those who love them to gather safely in community outside places where they are entitled to justice – courthouses, police stations, government offices, school administration buildings, work places, sites of environmental injustice, military courts, embassies, places of worship, homes, or simply public gathering places where women deserve to feel safe but too often do not. It is a call to survivors to break the silence and release their stories – politically, spiritually, outrageously – through art, dance, marches, ritual, song, spoken word, testimonies and whatever way feels right.”
On February 14, 2014, women (men too) are encouraged to rise up and dance at 12 noon everywhere around the world.
This year the efforts are doubled, demanding justice for sexual assault victims. Events will take place across the country throughout February and March 2014. I’ll share the Atlanta events and encourage everyone to RISE in solidarity, in support of women and for an end to sexual assault and abuse.
For more information visit OneBillionRising.org.
Grammy- Award winner India.Arie is known for empowering and honest lyrics about Black beauty and culture. After the Grammy airing, she wrote a passionate blog post on her Tumblr about the show’s blatant exclusion of Black artists. A few excerpts: Read more…