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April Taylor: ForHarriet.com founder is Walking over Dead Bodies in her nasty comments about Eric Garner

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garnerby April Taylor

The recent death of Eric Garner at the hands of the NYPD has sparked outrage across the country.  As video of the incident has gone viral, most people have felt compelled to speak out against police brutality and racial profiling, but the reaction of For Harriet founder and editor Kimberly Foster appears to be one of the most opportunistic and selfish reactions I have come across. Foster took the tragedy of Garner’s death as an opportunity to speak out about the lack of attention being paid to issues that affect black women, but rather than speaking out in a way that appeals to a sense of justice for all black people who are victims of profiling and brutality, she made standing up for the rights of black men and women an either/or issue.

Foster acknowledges the injustice of Garner’s treatment, but then acts as though her being moved to action requires some action from black men as payment for her being willing to invest her emotional energy and time into black male issues. While I agree that issues affecting black women deserve more attention AND action, as a mother of two African American boys, there is no way that I can view issues that face the black community as being all or nothing depending on what gender they impact. All issues that affect the black community should matter to those who claim to want to fight injustice. To refuse to act regarding the suffering of another person because one feels that their own suffering is not being acknowledged in the same way is self-serving and lacks the compassion that makes us human. To claim that taking a stand against injustice is a conditional act means that a person is willing to move forward being less whole.

As I read Foster’s piece, a part of my womanhood resonates with her need to not be a silent victim, but my need to be acknowledged and respected as a black woman who is strong and worthy does not mean that I am willing to walk over the bodies of my dead brothers, sons, or father in the process. It is not necessary for black women to be adversaries of black men in the name of fighting for their own rights. There is a common struggle, and it is not necessary for mothers to abandon the struggle of their sons or for fathers to abandon the struggles of their daughters for us all to find a way forward from being denigrated, abused, and exploited as second class citizens.

225 Comments

  1. IMHO

    July 23, 2014 at 3:01 pm

    Maybe she’s a lesbian man hating Ultra feminist. I’m sure it’s possible. The brothers weren’t feeling her so she decided to jump the fence. Now she’s getting some love and wants to lash out any chance she gets. JUST MY Humble Opinion.

    • MsPeppa

      July 23, 2014 at 3:58 pm

      Your opinion is EVERYTHING except humble. In fact, its not much beter than the woman you deemed to be a lesbian.

    • Jamizzi

      July 23, 2014 at 5:06 pm

      Feminism is for white woman. Always has , and always will be.

  2. tita

    July 23, 2014 at 3:21 pm

    I agree with the author, willingness to help others should not be conditional. BW and BM go thru a lot and we both should be supporting and helping one another. Just because a few BW and BM distance themselves from their race does not mean the rest of us should only care about seeking justice for certain victims.

  3. Tracy

    July 23, 2014 at 3:27 pm

    Maybe she is a Republican!

  4. LESLIE

    July 23, 2014 at 3:42 pm

    DEAR SIR/MADAM: THE TRUTH, IS THAT, THE BROTHER WAS KILLED WITHOUT, REGARDS TO RACE AND/OR ETHINCITY!!!!! THE POLICE WERE WRONG!!! TO USE A CHOKE HOLD THAT, HAS BEEN BANNED!!! BY THE NY POLICE DEPT. IF, HE DID SOMETHING WRONG!! WHY COULDN’T POLICE ARREST HIM…….THERE WERE ABOUT FOUR (4) POLICE OFFICERS, THAT, RESTLED HIM TO THE GROUND!!!! POLICE CONDUCT MUST BE REVIEWED!!!!

    • Joe S.

      July 23, 2014 at 9:18 pm

      The latter part of your statement is very true but the beginning of your statement is very false. Let me ask you this, if he was a white man or some other race would that have happened? you don’t hear about any other race of people being brutalized like black people.

  5. Olson Rogers

    July 23, 2014 at 3:54 pm

    @Leslie, Not so: If the murdered gent were caucasian, not only would the take down methods (choke hold) not been used; A caucasian would never have been approached in such a manner in the first place.

  6. Katt Williams

    July 23, 2014 at 4:42 pm

    The saddest part is, she missed the part of him not even being involved but to break up an altercation, everyone stating that even him. Have you ever noticed how they always take the biggest one down? I have because, I have always be the tallest and the police always came right to me and I walk off and they say stop. Me knowing my rights, tell them “if you have no probable cause l will be leaving now and calling my cousin who is a Lieutenant and the other one in a Sergeant, officer (fill in the blank.) They ask who they are, say guess I’m mixed!” I casually walk off! This lady did to much the value of our lives is more than her unnecessary rant. An innocent man is fine for no reason but some idiots who wanted to show the community, who Johnson’s swung lower! #PunksWithBadges

    • Lady Skinner

      July 23, 2014 at 5:14 pm

      “WOW” Katt couldn’t have said it better

  7. Hiroader2

    July 23, 2014 at 8:47 pm

    I have to refer to black women & men of 1917 Houston Riots or Camp Logan Riots… The story in regards to the division among the 12%percent African American population only proves we have lost out way… How wrong could this women be At 12 percent population how wrong could crips vs bloods be., black republicans vs black democrats, etcetera, etc… There’s a reason why African Americans constantly gets the “National Geographic” exploitation of tribes and groups. Whether its gender, political ideology, domestic urban squabblings, *broken families/homes* because divide and conquer… The U.S. just finished running through every Middle Eastern country with it military almost 10 different individual countrys easily done because the Middle East are not united countries .., Basically they are tribes exploited by their individual weaknesses… Kinda sounds like the 12% percent population within the U.S. boundaries right?…. There needs to be a come to nation mentality socially or like the indigenous natives of the land get humbled tribe by tribe, group by group… Just look & listen to the thug rap video, hot gossip & reality TV.., It’s all “TRIBAL”…. A 12 percent population can’t exist with this type of “PROGRAMMED” culture…..

  8. reaper

    July 23, 2014 at 9:07 pm

    YET, she goes on to say: “While I agree that issues affecting black women deserve more attention AND action,..” She too is stepping over the bodies of black men. Out of separatism and divide, Black women have been given/provided more opportunities and to a degree, inclusion, while black men have been pushed further to the bottom of the barrel, not only by the systems intent and agenda but also by the pusillanimous miasma black women themselves have created by not acknowledging the creative chaos, created for that very same purpose. And, as with all ills, society wise and culturally wise, Black men are the blame. ..

  9. Mike Siviwe Elliott

    July 24, 2014 at 4:03 am

    The sexual orientation of the Kimberly Foster, who wrote the backward piece, has no legitimacy in our comments about her. There is a diversity of thinking amoung lesbians, because like everyone else, they are human beings with opinions! So if we are going to intelligently discuss her atrocious comments, our disrespectful bias towards our peoples sexual choices has no place here!

  10. Ann G.

    July 24, 2014 at 1:30 pm

    Margaret Parker you are so right on!! Yes, the men are absent the majority of the time (fathers) and the ones the mothers are bringing into the home are no better, better mothers = better sons = better fathers! If the father is absent the mother must be both, sad but true! It has been done and it must be done! And no, there was no need for the brutal force that was used on the young man that ended up in his death! My heart goes out to his family which I pray gets every dime they are entitled to although this will not bring their son back!

  11. Devon

    July 24, 2014 at 3:51 pm

    Hateful azz chick.

  12. doverdavisjr

    August 9, 2014 at 8:49 am

    When our ancestors were taken from Africa, both male and female were chained hands to feet, when black people planted cotton, both male and female toiled in the hot sun from dawn to dusk, when we bled we bled as one, when we suffered we suffered as one, when one of us died we all died, and when we were denied, both male and female were denied.

    At some point after the 1960s that changed and some of the females became one separated themselves. Black females like Kimberly Foster changed. They were introduced to new ideas from white women. Their minds and interests changed. They have been conditioned to believe that they are not connected to black men and they justify their beliefs with mess like “no father and bad black men”. They want to distance themselves from being black in America because it is easier to “not be black” and it is more profitable to avoid issues that affect black men.

    So, they sell out. I say let her go. Black people should see black women like foster as enemies and leave them alone. She is a threat to black men and women who care about what is just and good.

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