Posted on | June 8, 2014 | 45 Comments
Jim Hoft at Gateway Pundit today published a commentary on a story that seemed familiar, so I double-checked. Amanda Kijera’s account of being raped in Haiti was originally published at the progressive blog Alternet in April 2010, but has apparently been deleted since then. However, its authenticity can be verified from other contemporaneous sources, e.g., Democrat Underground:
Two weeks ago, on a Monday morning, I started to write what I thought was a very clever editorial about violence against women in Haiti. The case, I believed, was being overstated by women’s organizations in need of additional resources. Ever committed to preserving the dignity of Black men in a world which constantly stereotypes them as violent savages, I viewed this writing as yet one more opportunity to fight “the man” on behalf of my brothers. That night, before I could finish the piece, I was held on a rooftop in Haiti and raped repeatedly by one of the very men who I had spent the bulk of my life advocating for.
It hurt. The experience was almost more than I could bear. I begged him to stop. Afraid he would kill me, I pleaded with him to honor my commitment to Haiti, to him as a brother in the mutual struggle for an end to our common oppression, but to no avail. He didn’t care that I was a Malcolm X scholar. He told me to shut up, and then slapped me in the face. Overpowered, I gave up fighting halfway through the night.
A “brother in the mutual struggle for an end to our common oppression”? How much time do you have to spend inside the progressive bubble before you start thinking this kind of rhetoric will make a difference to a man who is raping you? However, in the liberal mind, whenever facts contradict your theory, you must defend the theory by ignoring or “deconstructing” the facts, so Kijera continued:
Women are not the source of their oppression; oppressive policies and the as-yet unaddressed white patriarchy which still dominates the global stage are. Because women–and particularly women of color–are forced to bear the brunt of the Black male response to the Black male plight, the international community and those nations who have benefitted from the oppression of colonized peoples have a responsibility to provide women with the protection that they need.
So, having been raped by a black man, the white feminist instead is ultimately a secondhand victim of the “white patriarchy.”