It is no secret the Black Lives Matter movement has highlighted a massive amount of social issues surrounding the Black community. Thousands have gathered around and marched for the lives of Black men that have been taken by the hands of white men. As the Black Lives Matter movement continues to spread awareness, recent questioning about the protection of Black women are coming to surface.
There is a clear disconnect between the protection of Black men and Black women. Black women have protected Black men since the days of slavery and continue to rise for Black men in communities, protests, and in the entertainment industry. Black women seem to always protect Black men even if it means discounting their own protection. Below is the history of Black women protecting Black men in the entertainment industry.
Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown
Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown were married for 14 years. During an Oprah Winfrey interview, Whitney admitted that Bobby slapped her while he was on probation for traffic violation. Oprah asked Whitney why she didn’t follow through with the charges in which Whitney replied, “It went to domestic violence court. I just could not see me putting him in jail.”
Chris Brown and Rihanna/Karrueche
Chris Brown was in a relationship with Rihanna from 2008-2009. Their relationship sadly came to an end due to domestic violence. He then had a relationship with Karrueche Tran that ended five and half years later due to infidelity. Both women have separately defended the singers actions. Rihanna in a 2012 interview with Oprah said, “As angry as I was. As angry, hurt, and betrayed. I just felt like he made that mistake because he needed help. Who’s gonna help him?” Karrueche stated in an interview with Iyanla, “He is just a product of his environment growing up.”
Megan Thee Stallion and Tory Lanez
According to several reports on July 12th of this year, Megan Thee Stallion and Tory Lanez got into a heated argument. This resulted in the female mc getting shot in her foot. Megan later went on IG live to confirm the allegations and went on to say, “He’s not in jail because I didn’t tell the laws what happened, as soon as it happened, and I should have. I’m smart. I didn’t have to spare that n***a.”
Note: This article is not trying to say that all Black men are abusive or monsters.
This article is to bring awareness for Black women because they have continuously held down Black men even at the cost of their own protection, mental health, and healing . These women rightfully deserve more. In the words of Tupac, “We all came from a woman, got our name from a woman, and our game from our women. I wonder why we take from our women? Why we rape our women? Hate our women?” Ask yourself this.
When it comes to Black women, it’s their loyalty for me! It’s their strength for me! It’s their years of silence, criticism, and abuse from their very own community yet still staying resilient for me! It’s their beauty/style that has been flipped and reversed into white culture with no credit for me!. It’s their strong voice for me! It’s their constant sacrifice of protecting Black men, so he doesn’t have to suffer in the arms of white supremacy for me!
It is time to protect Black women.
It’s time we help heal Black women. It’s time we keep it real with Black women. It’s time we uplift, praise, and spread more love to Black women. So the next time you’re protesting, write on social media, or speak on Black culture remember all the Black women who are the heart and foundation of their community. Because behind every strong Black man, is an even stronger Black woman — and that’s on peridot.
Written by Celeste Polanco, a free-spirited writer and DJ currently based in NYC. Follow her @theradiogal