When I was interviewed for an article about Black sex workers last week, it wasn’t the story of an actress and her white boyfriend that was on my mind. It was the murders of
#AngeliaMangum and #TjhishaBall.
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When I shared the story on my private Facebook, the only word I could describe it was “scary”. It scares me to the core, it wasn’t that long ago I was making those after show trips in the dead of night. It scares me because during those trips I feared being arrested, I feared for my life and most of all I feared what I would be reduced to if I lost my life.
Black women are rarely seen as “good victims”, the kind that get respect and dignity in death and life. Black sex workers face a two-sided stigma of not only being hated for performing sexuality, but for doing in a highly politicized black body. We are simultaneously victims of sexist racism, while being accused of being the cause of it. So its no surprise the few outlets that reported these murders did so in such a poor fashion.
While there will most likely be no Nancy Grace specials profiling the humanity of these teens, I’m happy that outlets like Ebony have taken a look at how their fellows are reporting the story and taking them to task. I’m also incredible proud that sex workers have reached out to the victims families to offer support.
— Rap Game Rahab, doe (@_peech) September 23, 2014
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