New Jack City Clip: Using Women & Girls as Protection is Not New

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New Jack City.

This movie is a classic! I saw it in the theater when it came out in 1991, 30 years ago! The theaters were packed for weeks. See it if you haven’t seen it. See it again if you have.

I distinctly remember this one scene that made the audience gasp out loud.  In this scene, Nino Brown (Wesley Snipes) who up until this moment in the film was shown as a “tough guy” to be feared, grabs a beautiful little Black girl to use as a shield against flying bullets.

Not tough. Not even faintly humane.


As we discuss the safety and protection of women & girls, this scene comes to mind:

….Shutting down domestic violence crisis shelters because you’re hoarding resources that could go towards funding additional services for boys & men. (Who does this in the middle of a pandemic?!)

….De-platforming women who speak out, not against the rights of others, but in favor of vulnerable women and girls.

….Harassing Survivors of female genital mutilation who speaking out to end this excruciatingly painful and mutilating practice for other women and girls.

….Minoritized communities everywhere who hold women & girls “accountable” for speaking out for violence against the community, but leave the girls & women abandoned when we need active support for our unique issues.


Listen, as a woman, as a Black woman, as a short-statured Black woman; I’m EXTREMELY busy keeping my own self safe.

Furthermore, the fragile rights of women and girls are so new they still have that “brand new rights” smell to them. And, even so, we’re STILL at risk of male violence from birth to the age of 115.

We can all care about safety, protection, & rights… (Welcome to our world-signed Women)

We can all care about our own individual safety, protection, & rights …(Welcome to our world-signed Women)

We can all do all of these things without minimizing, disregarding, and making alterations to the safety, protection, and rights of women & girls.

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