Dear Bethany Storro
Those of us who live in America may or may not have heard about a charming young lady named Bethany Storro.
In case you did not know, about a week ago, Bethany Storro was rushed to the hospital/burn centre/whatever with terrible acid burns on her face.
According to Bethany Storro, a BLACK woman came up to her with something in a cup and said “Hey PRETTY girl, do you want to drink this?” and then threw acid from the cup onto her face burning her and scarring her permanently.
Also according to this same Bethany Storro, this black woman had the look of JEALOUSY in her eyes when she attacked her with the acid. According to Bethany Storro, this black woman was JEALOUS of her (even though this Black woman had never met her in her life)
This sparked a hunt for the evil black woman who had hurt poor innocent white Bethany and it unleashed a flood of racist and downright cruel Internet backlash against black women with thousands of people on Internet forums across America calling black women ugly, saying that we are jealous of white women, and that white women are better and prettier than us and that’s why we are bitter and that it must have been this jealousy, bitterness, and anger about how beautiful white women are that drove the ugly, evil black woman to attack an innocent beautiful white girl.
I have written posts before about how black women in the world (and especially America) are unfairly and unjustly portrayed as ugly, undesirable, bitter, and jealous, and how women of all other races are classed above us and white women are unfairly placed at the top of the pyramid of beauty and undeservedly venerated as the most beautiful women in the world.
This very idea is of course, the product of centuries of white racism and racist propaganda in which they flooded the world with this message so consistently that not only do they and other races believe it, but they have managed to damage the self esteem of black people collectively (resulting in behaviours such as relaxing hair and applying bleaching creams – but let’s not even get into that)
What baffles and saddens me is that even though this idea is so obviously racist, so many people all over the world are all to happy to continue believing it and judging people according to it. When Bethany Storro claimed that a black woman had randomly attacked her with acid, hordes and HORDES of people came out to insult black women and praise white women without a thought. Yet I’m sure if you met any of those people in person they would quickly deny being racist, yet they willingly believe a woman’s sketchy story and condemn a suspect not even proven guilty yet just because they have already stereotyped black women into a tiny little box with only a few descriptions – ugly, unfeminine, undesirable, bitter, jealous of white women , and they are more than happy to lap up a cock and bull story that fits nicely with their preconceived stereotype.
Yet so many Americans love to swear up and down that they are not racist, that they don’t see race, that they are colour blind, that America is post racial, that Obama is president, blah, blah, blah.
Save me the bullshit. Just because Obama is president does not mean that racism magically evaporated from the hearts of Americans. Just because it is now unfashionable to be publicly called a racist does not mean that Americans don’t joyfully indulge in private racism. What annoys me is that they can’t even admit their bigotry. They hide it behind all sorts of complicated names and try to make it seem as if the hateful things they say are borne purely out of logic.
When Bethany Storro came out with her story all sorts of white people were running up and down desperate to call it a Hate Crime (i.e. saying that Bethany was targeted because she was white). Not only that but they equally tried to frame it as though Bethany was targeted because as a white woman she was therefore undoubtedly pretty/beautiful, in contrast to this nasty black woman who no doubt was ugly as well as jealous.
In other words, they used the story of Ms. Storro’s attack to further support the racist agenda that white women are more beautiful than black women and black women are just jealous of white women.
What is annoying is that this sort of thinking helps people to simply ignore the fact that if black women are angry it is beyond justified. It is justified because as far as anything concerning women, femininity, beauty, sex appeal, desirability, etc is concerned, Black women are by far the most marginalised group of women ever… all to the benefit of white women. It is also hurtful because it brushes aside the fact that non-white people are regularly victims of racist attacks or foul play by whites. It brushes aside the pain of black women who have unfairly been typecast as inferior to white women by trying to write their very real suffering off as ‘just jealousy’.
Now Bethany Storro has confessed that she made the whole thing up and SHE was the one who poured the acid on HERSELF.
Are we surprised? Fuck no.
Maybe nobody died but how many black people (especially black women) chopped insult because of this stupid white woman?
I am so sick and tired of racist white women that try to manipulate everyone to have sympathy for them to the detriment of black women (and black people in general) all while denying their racism. If a white girl starts crying for no reason, watch and see how many people will rush to comfort her but if a black girl starts crying for no reason, she had better hope some of her friends are around because they will be the only people to come and ask her what the matter is.
And you know what? I am not surprised because this is not the first time it has happened. This has been happening in America over and over and over again. And who are the victims? Innocent black people. And when there is no actual black person to fall victim, then the reputation of ALL black people in America falls victim because there will be no end to the people that will just conclude that “black people are always committing crimes” or “black people are evil and dangerous” etc etc.
Are we surprised? Fuck as hell no.
And there are hundreds of other cases like this. These ones are just those that received major press attention.
Racism in America is bullshit. Racism anywhere is shocking, but if you grew up in a place like Nigeria where the colour of your skin was the last thing on your mind, it’s especially disgusting and mind boggling.
So, Dear Bethany Storro,
Clap for yourself.
Shegiya. Waka. Amadioha kugbuo gi anu ofia.