And you see this a lot in many rap and hip hop videos

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And you see this a lot in many rap and hip hop videos. Women are dressed very scantily-clad and shaking their behinds and anything else they can shake in the videos. It also shows us that what is happening in these videos have spilled over into reality, where men feel they are allowed to touch and violate women in any way they’d like. In the scene when they were in Florida at the beach, women were dressed in bikinis, shorts, dresses, etc… and they were harassed un- mercilessly by a lot of men. The men were lifting up their dresses, or placing their cameras underneath them and between the women’s legs. And some of the women brushed it off like nothing happened. It was like they had sort of fallen into the mind frame of “Boys will be boys,” and not backing these males off. These Black women were being violated and at night when the police were around, they were doing nothing about it. They just brushed it off and basically said that that behavior was normal, and if it became a problem they would address it. But what nobody brought up was that it already was a problem. These white male police officers were continuing the oppression of Black women by not taking any action. Silence is dangerous and with the combined silence of the police officers and Black women themselves, it’s hard to emancipate themselves from the mental slavery they have been placed in and refuse to fight to get out of. In the text Hip Hop Generation by Bakari Kitwana, he puts the response of a black woman being address about the lyrics of rap and hip hop music. She says, “I don’t think there’s
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anything wrong with it. Some women act like that and deserve to be checked. I know I’m not a bitch or a ho, so I don’t care ‘cause I know they ain’t talkin to me” (p.78). This is a problem amongst many Black women. They are able to take themselves out of the equation when it comes to rap artists and their lyrics. And they continue to listen to the music and the stereotype perpetuating lyrics that these rappers create. There is a lack of respect for their own selves when they participate in this. This dissociation is detrimental to women because even if they feel that they are not whom the music is being directed towards, they are supporting the continuation of the degradation of women by these artists. Men will continue to think that it’s okay because not enough women are rising up against it. Also, in the film NO! It shows us even further how the Black female body means nothing to a lot of men. Black women have never really been able to look at their own oppression because they were taught that it was race before gender. They are programmed that they are first Black and then a woman. So they kept quiet about everything from abuse to rape to preserve the race. They were taught that racism is the biggest threat and to preserve the race at all costs. It brought on the notion of Black power, but what it really did was keep the woman quiet, silent, and mute about internal problems which in turn re-victimize the Black woman. The film also brings attention the fact that not only did White and Black man
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