A liberal activist who recently traveled to Haiti to investigate violence against women in the country has written an editorial describing her horrific and unfortunate ordeal when she was raped while in the country but her conclusions have drawn much criticism.
Amanda Kijera writes “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.”
She describes her horrible ordeal, writing “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 he slapped me in the face.”
Of course, Kijera came away with the conclusion that the man had “every right” to lash out at society in anger because of the oppression of white men.
She writes, “I have witnessed as a journalist and human rights advocate the many injustices inflicted upon Black men in this world. The pain, the trauma and rage born of exploitation are terrors that I have grappled with every day of my life. They make one want to strike back, to fight rabidly for what is left of their personal dignity in the wake of such things. Black men have every right to the anger they feel in response to their position in the global hierarchy.”
She concludes by essentially saying that black men are misdirecting their anger at women when it should be directed at white men.
She closes with “women are not the source of their oppression; oppressive policies and the as-yet unaddressed white patriarchy which still dominates the global stage are.”