From the mind of Witch Hazel | Posted in black women, Dr. Marc Lamont Hill, Slim Thug, What's your call? | Posted on 06-09-2010
Columbia University education professor Dr. Marc Lamont Hill penned an open letter to rapper Slim Thug in the wake of Slim’s wretched comments about black women not being “down” enough for their men. Dr. Hill posted the comments to his blog and we’ve got some excerpts:
As celebrities, your public comments are not just your own. Instead they influence the choices, beliefs, and lives of an entire generation of young people who look to you for direction.
Of course, you have every right to say things that you think are true. The problem, however, is that there was very little truth in your comments.
In your interview, you talk about how much better white women treat their partners than black women. If what you’re saying is true, why do Whites have the highest divorce rate of any group? Do white men get tired of being treated like kings? In reality, it seems that you are buying into (and selling) a stale but dangerous ideal that constructs White women as ultra-feminine, loving, queens, and Black women as angry, selfish, and untrustworthy hoes.
Even more disturbing was your comment that “Black women gotta start being down for their man more.” Since slavery, Black women have had to withstand rape, torture, and humiliation (from both white and black men) in order to sustain their families. Now, in 2010, 1 in 3 Black men between 20 and 29 years old are incarcerated or otherwise under criminal supervision. Every day, Black women are raising children without men in the house, working multiple jobs (for less pay!), and supporting brothers as they finish their prison bids.
How much more “down” do you want Black women to be?
Slim pulled the “PR 101″ trick of blaming it on the media.
I do see your points but at the end of the day I have been misquoted by the media @marclamonthill
Nothing like a college professor putting you in your place.
Click here to read the rest of Dr. Hill’s letter.
Do you agree with Dr. Hill or do both men make valid points? What’s your call?
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