The video showing Lil Reese mercilessly beat on a black woman is a testament to the failure of black men to teach and instruct young black boys.
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Unfortunately, the dysfunctional nature of certain elements of the black community rears its ugly head again. In a video posted on YouTube a young rapper named Lil Reese is seen beating a young black woman whose home he apparently entered without permission.
Even more disturbing than the video footage of him punching and stomping the young woman were the tweets that followed. Numerous young black males took to Twitter cheering him on, just as they did when the infamous uppercut video went viral.
I am concerned that this public abuse of black women is becoming a twisted form of entertainment for these black males. They take joy in watching defenseless black women get beaten on camera. If it goes unchecked it will become a trend.
To add to this steaming hot pile of dysfunction, a few ignorant and confused young black women on Twitter even thought that this young woman deserved to get beaten for "talking too much."
Where Are Black Men as Mentors?
This question has been asked numerous times. Overall, black men have simply failed black boys in many ways -- this can no longer be disputed. Older black men who should be IMMEDIATELY correcting and teaching these boys right from wrong are either 1) cheering this behavior on or 2) remain eerily quiet either out of fear or secret agreement with the actions.
Also, it's worth noting here that angry black males like Lil Reese are usually angry at their mothers. They tend to take out their angst on women who look like their mothers. Their fathers or other men usually treat their mothers with disrespect, so they come to learn that this type of behavior is acceptable.
Is The Kenya Village Example a Viable Solution?
Years ago I came across an article about a community of women in Kenya. The abuse and disrespect from their male counterparts became so extreme that these women broke off and created their own thriving community. The women have never been happier. The men suffered without the women present -- the women were the bread winners and kept the community alive.
Back then I thought this was an interesting and revolutionary but pretty EXTREME idea. But more and more as I witness the accepted, public abuse of black women in certain segments of the black community the more the idea sounds viable in certain cases.
If black males cannot at minimum properly respect and uphold black womanhood in certain areas of the United States, maybe it is time for black women who want more to think about starting self-sufficient communities where they can raise their daughters and young sons in peace and security until grown black men in those areas can get their act together. If this is the type of negative influence that is being spread among certain elements of black male culture -- total and utter disrespect and disgust with black womanhood -- then maybe it is time for a separation.
Regardless of your opinion in the matter, bottomline, black women and girls deserve a safe, supportive place to thrive.
Sammi Jace is a professional writer from New York who blogs as a hobby. She is a self-proclaimed "black hippie" and warrior for women's rights. Find her on Twitter.