Ray Rice is an abuser and woman beater. This is a fact. I believe his “punishment” to be far too light and his recent public statement lacking much in contrition, humility and accountability. I am afraid for Janay Rice. Based on what I observed in the press conference regarding Ray Rice’s behaviour and through my work as a social worker and anti-domestic violence educator, it is highly probable that he will hit Janay again or abuse her in the other forms of domestic violence that are outside of the physical if he has not already.
Ray Rice is all kinds of guilty but I think it needs to be said that the white supremacist capitalist media enjoys this story a little TOO MUCH.
Ray Rice gleefully fulfils all the white supremacist capitalist media’s twisted ideas about black men. I can literally envision them frothing and the impact of this high profile story (as it should be) has already sent ripples through what is already a toxic racist culture.
IF they ever arrest Darren Wilson and IF it goes to trial the Ray Rice video will sit HIGH in the minds of that white jury regarding Mike Brown. Maybe not Ray Rice literally but the pathology of the violent black man that makes white women grab their purse when a black man gets on the elevator or as in this case, the violent black man who punches women out cold in the elevator and will sexually assault you too because the stereotype is the embryonic heart in the birth of the nation.
The perverted pathology that is white supremacy conflates black people into a “oneness” that dictates that the actions of one are the actions of all. Like a hive mind we are incapable of individuality in this paradigm thus Ray Rice’s actions reify what White America thinks about Black men and Black people as a whole. White America says “Yup. There they go right there”.
When Ray Rice violently struck his wife in that elevator figuratively every Black man in the country did it too and it validates all the draconian policy and legalism created to oppress Black people. “That’s why there are so many of them in jail and THAT’s why our police officers have to shoot them even when unarmed and and and, because they’re so…. dangerous and THAT’S why we do what we do to them.
If evidence from a recent Stanford study says that “highlighting racism in the criminal justice system is not the answer, and in fact pushes white voters in the opposite direction. Even when whites believe the current laws are too harsh, they’re less likely to support changing the law if they’re reminded that the current prison population is disproportionately black”, then what effect does footage of Ray Rice brutally knocking out Janay Rice on an elevator have?
If this story wasn’t about Ray Rice but Tom Brady, would any magazine in the country call him a thug? I find it difficult to see this, especially when we take into account stories that involved the criminalisation of dead, unarmed children like Trayvon Martin and Mike Brown or young women like Renisha McBride.
Instead, they would be talking about how much Tom Brady needed therapy and counselling and how he grew up in a domestically violent home. Blackness is forever dehumanised in life and in death. We have seen this happen countless times before and while Ray Rice is not the innocent party in this situation, the dehumanisation narrative surrounding him is one that is conferred onto black bodies time and again regardless of guilt or innocence while being markedly absent when it involves white bodies. In that regard a glaringly different process of humanisation takes place, most notably when white bodies are the guilty party.
The NYPOST, while being brazen and racist is also being more “honest” than most and was just reflecting the popular opinion and pathology of the dominant culture. As racist as it was, I appreciate such “honesty” as truth is at a premium as it relates to the topic of race in this “post racial” era of “colourblindness”. The irony is that this story in so many is about the abuse of power: Ray Rice as a man and husband against his wife and a racist media against a Black male football player who is violently abusive.
This story is not either/or. Janay Rice is a battered woman who needs help. Ray Rice is a woman beater who needs help AND the white supremacist capitalist media also enjoys the story far too much for my liking.