The Dark End Of The Street : Black Women, Rape, And Resistance- A New History

767 Words Mar 28th, 2016 4 Pages
In At the Dark End of the Street: Black Women, Rape, and Resistance- a New History of the Civil Rights Movement from Rosa Parks to the Rise of Black Power, Danielle McGuire takes a look at the civil rights movement through the testimonies of lesser-known black women like, Recy Taylor, Ida B. Wells, Gertrude Perkins, and Betty Jean Owens. These women experienced white sexual violence at some point in their lives as the result of tactics used by white men against the black community. These women testified from their own experiences even when they were aware that justice was rarely served in the southern U.S.. McGuire presents this story in the form of a narrative in which she shares her research.

Has there always been a problem with authority? It is probably just a coincidence but a few months before I read this book, a former Oklahoma City police officer was sentenced to 263 years in prison after being convicted of 36 counts of rape and other offenses. Daniel Holtzclaw was fired after more than a dozen African American women, ranging from the ages of 17 to 57, came forward and accused him of committing sex crimes. Although McGuire’s conclusions were based on information from subjects during the 1950’s through the 80’s it seems as if white males (especially police officers) have always used their position of power to intimidate, harass, and sexually violate people of color and of lower-income. Victims in these situations feel helpless and are usually met with feelings of…

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