Belle Discusses Street Harassment on ‘Nightline’
Click the image below to watch my interview on @NIGHTLINE last night, discussing (white) women and street harassment. I’m amazed by the reaction to this video (10 million views). I’m glad street harassment is a national topic, but stunned by the response to white women’s tears. There’s been an ongoing discussion by Black women about sexual harassment for months on Black sites/blogs/Twitter (ie, #youoksis) that went ignored by mainstream media. Many Black men only joined the conversation to say shut up, stop complaining, stop exaggerating or be grateful someone’s even paying attention.
A white woman speaks out? It’s a national news story and there’s hand wringing everywhere. White men— who also street harass, but were conveniently left out of the video- are pining to rescue her from the scary Black and Latino guys bothering her. This is racism and sexism at its finest.