Opinion: Domestic violence against women affects all human beings, regardless of race

Regarding the January 18 letter decrying the absent voices of feminists, I offer this humble response:

Forgive me for strongly disagreeing with your comments. Intimate partner violence is indeed a scourge on our community. It is shamefully universal in its insidiousness. But it is completely wrong to suggest that this is a problem common only to black men. It’s a horrible trope that wrongly perpetuates racial animosity and leads to the dehumanization of all black people. It’s so disappointing to see him and say nothing.

So here is just a preview of the local jail list today:

Of the 109 black men in jail, only two are charged with an act of domestic violence; it’s 1.83%. Of the 376 white men in our prison, 17 are charged with FVA; it’s 4.52%.

Spend some time in the clerk’s records room and you will see that no race is free from faults and none is more culpable than another when it comes to mistreating our mothers, wives , girlfriends and daughters.

We are all the same. All human beings. You, me, everyone. Your life matters. Black lives matter. Women’s lives matter too! None of us are better than anyone else. So here are some things we can all do together as a community to start ending violence against women:

  1. Visit the Gateway Domestic Violence Shelter website, www.gatewaydvcenter.org, here in Gainesville and give until it hurts, because they hurt.
  2. Teach all our little boys to be feminists. Feminism simply means that you believe that women deserve the same rights as everyone else. It is neither left nor right and it is not a controversial concept.
  3. Encourage all of our little girls to have the confidence to choose a feminist to share their life with, even if it’s just themselves. Or to put it another way, the girls rule, the boys drool!

Very sincerely, from one proud feminist to another.

Arthur Corso


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