“I knew something was wrong when a pretty little white girl ran into a black man’s arms.”
I’ve pretty much stayed away from this topic because I have conflicting feelings about it, but there is SO much to unpack in that quote above. But I’ll let you do the unpacking. I’m not certain I’m qualified to talk about the United States of America’s White-Damsel-in-Distress pathology.
I’m glad the women and girls have been freed and that the perpetrator has been captured, but I also hate all of the stereotypical narratives that are being confirmed with this situation.
I will ask this, though: If the little girl was black, who would describe her as “pretty” and who would question her running into a white man’s arms? Who would even care that she was missing?
I need a Gradient Lair take on this STAT! #SheGoesIn