Sunday, March 10, 2013

It Isn't The Mind That's Small

Zerlina Maxwell is a pretty tough cookie.  According to Josh Marshall she's a pundit, an activist, and a law student.  Add to that, she went on Hannity (of all forums) and talked about guns, rape, and even outed herself as a victim of rape.

How is she rewarded?
This is just a sample of the tweets she's received, the source of which is explained in this comment at LGM:
No, they’re arguing for rape as a means of punishing the black woman who had the temerity to disagree with them in public, thus joining a long chain of men throughout history who have used it as a means of colonizing and taking control of women’s bodies, especially those of women who are also ‘other.’ This is an old, very ugly story.
Isn't it odd, to say the least, that all these frothing manly-men who insist they have to have their guns to protect them from the ensuing Zombie apocalypse are so threatened by a young woman who says, "You know, you're not quite right about that."?

How sad to live a life threatened by women and minorities, seeing the change in our country and world not as something about which to wonder and in which to move, but rather something against which to struggle, even to the point of threatening a brave, soft-spoken, woman.

Also, too - for people who are commenting on various threads about this matter around the internet, if you feel it necessary to type something along the lines of, "Obviously rape is horribly wrong," and then go on to explain how Maxwell, a victim of rape, doesn't know what she's talking about, you should stop, count to ten, and then ask yourself, "Do I really want to type that comment?"  The fact of the pause answers the question before it was even asked.

More of those good people Ta-Nehisi Coates wrote about. 

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