Yes, We're happy Holtzclaw has been convicted for his crime but America should be convicted as well. This predator, as were many others, was systematically created
"From where did Holtzclaw develop the notion that the bodies, voices, and lived experiences of low-income Black women would not be respected?
From whom did he learn that Black women's bodies could be violated without consequence?
What social cues, either implicit or explicit, encouraged Holtzclaw to target members of America's most vulnerable, silenced, and policed demographics?
[What social cues did the Los Angeles's Grim Sleeper, pick up on that let him know he could hunt and kill 100s of black women without police or community really hunting for him for multiple decades?]
Holtzclaw's conviction followed the celebratory welcome of infamous child predator R. Kelly’s appearance on BET’s Soul Train Awards show. Both Holtzclaw and Kelly relied on similar tactics— made possible by centuries of abuse and devaluation of Black women—when targeting their victims. The unattested rape and exploitation of Black female bodies is deeply entrenched in this nation's history, and the devaluation of Black womanhood is a perpetual theme within the media, music, politics, and social justice movements. Holtzclaw is not an anomaly; thirteen was just his unlucky number..."