Defend Black Womanhood: Black Father Goes Off Over Spring Valley Assault
Let’s be honest, it’s not everyday that we see Black men publicly defending Black women against the injustices we suffer. While Black women are often on the front lines, marching and protesting and pushing back, receiving little credit, Black men are not often likely to do the same. We all know Black men who personally support us, but on a grand scheme, we’re more likely to see memes and jokes berating us or calling us the downfall of the entire race than we are to see a Black man stick his neck out for us.
That’s why it was so refreshing to see this man, defending the 16-year-old girl who was assaulted at Spring Valley High School by Officer Ben Fields. The video is old, but it’s important.
At a school board meeting, a passionate Black man stood up to express his outrage at the assault on the girl and the fact that the police department had, at the time, yet to fire Officer Fields.
Here are a few quotes from his speech. But do yourself a favor, be sure to watch the video below for the full effect and power behind his words.
“If that was my daughter…she is my daughter. She don’t have to belong to me biologically…That officer being fired would be the least of his worries. We are sick and tired of Black women being abused. You can say it’s not racism all you want to, but this is going on all across this country, everyday.”
“As I understand it, this student comes from a foster family. She didn’t have a father like me to deal with that situation, in the most savage way.”
“You do not touch nobody’s child, whether they’re White or Black, in that manner. I wouldn’t put my hands on a White child and throw her across the room, slam her on the floor. Her father would have every right to come and take my life if he choose to do so. And as a father, you wouldn’t have to worry about him being fired because I would put some fire to his behind.”
Then this man, who said he had no fear of any man, told the officers they were responsible for the actions of the officer. The children are in their care when they are in the school and it is their job to ensure that they are protected.
He referenced a few other instances of racism in the state of South Carolina to show how they were embarrassing themselves in the news.
“South Carolina you’re doing yourself well across the world. You shoot 9 people in Charleston. You shoot the young brother… for going to get his license and registration and now you’re beating up young girls in school? And you are thinking about firing him? He should have been fired that day!”
The man then told the officers that it was their responsibility to stop this type of behavior in schools and in the community, lest there be more enraged Black men like him, taking matters into their own hands.
Preach! and Thank you!
Check out his full comments in the video below.