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Monday, September 12, 2016

RAPE SURVIVOR AND BIRTH OF A NATION ACTRESS GABRIELLE UNION: "I cannot take Nate Parker rape allegations lightly"

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"As important and ground-breaking as this film is, I cannot take these allegations lightly. On that night, 17-odd years ago, did Nate have his date’s consent? It’s very possible he thought he did. Yet by his own admission he did not have verbal affirmation; and even if she never said “no,” silence certainly does not equal “yes.” Although it’s often difficult to read and understand body language, the fact that some individuals interpret the absence of a “no” as a “yes” is problematic at least, criminal at worst. That’s why education on this issue is so vital.

As a black woman raising brilliant, handsome, talented young black men, I am cognizant of my responsibility to them and their future. My husband and I stress the importance of their having to walk an even straighter line than their white counterparts. A lesson that is heartbreaking and infuriating, but mandatory in the world we live in. We have spent countless hours focused on manners, education, the perils of drugs. We teach them about stranger-danger and making good choices. But recently I’ve become aware that we must speak to our children about boundaries between the sexes. And what it means to not be a danger to someone else."

She almost gives him the benefit of the doubt here. Almost. While I applaud some of what's she did say here I'm appalled by a few of the finer points. Furthermore, "consent" is only rocket science to those who simply cannot figure out what "empathy" means.

I believe education is the key to stopping men from pretending they don't know what violating another human being is. 

Gabrielle Union Op Ed

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