Contributing to this sexual abuse of children within our community is the inappropriate self-esteeming of Blacks — particularly Black males, if I may.
I may have subconsciously avoided wading into this topic because of the racialization risk that is already embedded within the social construct of our lives. Its misreporting, and its pseudo profound reasonings would and have been falsely justified as an aspect of inferiority to whiteness. This has come at a cost however, a terribly damaging cost that culminates culturally.
And more importantly this however is a poor excuse. When I think of the Blue Lagoon and other movies of that era I see exploitation and child abuse instigated and promoted by the patriarchy. The acculturation process into the socially dominate group by its resistance to marginalization and oppression, but in its efforts to integrate and be inclusive has its shortcomings. Within American culture are aspects of bastardization that are overlooked for the bigger picture — a bigger distorted picture that is. I hear within our own music — its love songs of the past in particular that have the lyrics “little girl” in them. I hear the exploitation of young ones singing about adult sexual themes and it seemingly being sold as cute.
Well this may be a result of such cuteness and it inculcates a terrible message as well as enables sexual abuse of children.
But the self esteeming part of black males has had a such a caustic effect culturally. When I read stuff like this reported I am taken aback by it.
According to U.S. Department of Justice statistics (U.S. Department of Justice, 2014), an estimated 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys are sexually abused before the age of 18. Recent statistics have displayed the alarming rate in which black girls have been abused.According to preliminary findings by Black Women’s Blueprint, “60% of black girls experience sexual assault… by the time they reach 18” (Black Women’s Blueprint, n.d.) and for every black woman that reports her sexual assault there are at least 15 black women who do not report their experiences of abuse (Bureau of Justice Statistics, 2010).