All creeps, catcallers are not Men of Color

Remember the video posted about two weeks ago by Hollaback, which showed a white woman, casually dressed, walking the streets of New York City and being catcalled, etc? It shows mostly Black men and Latinos engaging in this behavior. Another example of racial skewing. The director of the video said, “We got a fair amount of white guys, but for whatever reason, a lot of what they said was in passing, or off camera.” Really? In an editorial in this past Sunday’s Daily News, “Creeps, catcallers, color and class,” Rebecca White, who identifies herself as a 33-year-old white woman, writes, “The degradation of white men has come more often in a whisper than a call. And, for me, it has more often happened behind closed doors, including in the workplace, rather than out in public.” Not too long ago, with the Central Park Five, and a little further back, in 1955 Mississippi, where Emmett Till was brutally killed for “sassing a white woman,” we see the effect of this racial skewing. ‪#‎streetharrassment‬.

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About ezwaters

Award-winning poet, playwright and writer. Author of three books of poetry, "Black Shadows and Through the White Looking Glass: Remembrance of Things Past and Present"; "Sometimes Blue Knights Wear Black Hats"; "The Black Feminine Mystique," and a novel, "Streets of Rage." All four books are available on Amazon.com.
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