JSmith1283 (
12 Aug 1995 13:10:32 -0400

I must say that I was very suprised to see this posting by a European in
this section. I was impressed by the speedy reaction which led to the
authors demise in the Net.

My next reaction is the question of whether or not there would have been
as speedy a reaction if the subject had been African-American women.

A few years ago, I listened, with a hall filled with other people, to a
fellow probation officer read a poem about his youth. In the poem he
referred to National Geographic and how much he enjoyed looking at the
pictures of native women with their breasts swinging free.

I was insulted as a African-American woman because I understand that
National Geographic was the predecessor of Playboy type mags and the
majority of women depicted in N.G. looked like me.

Following this insult, I watched as every applauded. I was angry with the
African-American men because they seemed to appreciate the piece as well.
Now if the subject of that piece had been white women, the white women
would have jumped the guy, AA men would have been next, then white men. I
doubt that AA women would get into the fight because we suffer so much
from insults that no one attempts to protect us from.

Jo (An African-American Woman)