This is pitiful, pitiful. While barbecuing this past Fourth of July, a young African American man noticed that one of his mother’s neighbors kept watching/spying on him from a distance with binoculars. He walked towards her to ask why, almost knowing what her reaction would be, and she became hysterical.
”Oh! Attack! Attack! Oh, I’m being raped! I’m being raped! HELP ME SOMEBODY!”
The man tries to talk to her, keeping a far distance, asking her why she was screaming that he was raping her, when he was nowhere near her. She replies:
“You were coming to rape me. I know it. I saw it on your face!”
After she somewhat calmed, he asked her why she was spying on them while they were cooking out. She said:
”Because I’m paying attention for my own safety!”
He told the woman he had every right to be there and he shouldn’t have to deal with her racist slurs and accusations.
“Every time I come to visit my mother, you harass me.”
They continue the conversation and the woman’s responses are filled with stereotypical hate, racism and xenophobia. During the exchange she points out his “turban type thing” and asks.
“Are you a Muslim, too?
“You see how you make assumptions, because I have a turban on? So, just because I have a turban on my head, I’m a Muslim?”
He exclaims to the camera, “This is the ignorance that we will continue to live amongst.” Indeed. This and more.
He reminds her how important cell phones have become. It’s clear her false accusation of rape could have led to an arrest and possibly incarceration — had it been her word against his in a court of law. He brings up the fact that in the 1600s, Europeans used to accuse slaves of rapes that never occurred. What he didn’t mention is that false accusations still happen in America and were the causes of horrific lynchings/executions of innocent black boys, girls, men and women during the 20th century — often to cover up the crimes of white men.
Another disturbing aspect about this video is that the tiny minority of women like this who scream rape when there no rape, make it incredibly harder for real rape victims to be taken seriously.
Cell phones have become an amazing tool of education. They give us a view and perspective of the everyday people who are bringing awareness to the good, bad and ugly that exists in this world. And this is one small example.