About Ray Rice’s Elevator Video, Domestic Violence and the Denial of Black Women’s Humanity
That woman could have died. The video of Ray Rice punching his then-fiancee (now wife), Janay Palmer in an elevator on February 15 has been released by TMZ. Janay lunged at him and he punched her with all his might right in the face. She fell immediately, hitting the elevator handrail on her way back and was unconscious as she laid on the floor.
I’m not sure what knocked her out first (the fist or the rail) but it doesn’t matter. She could have died. He then dragged her out of the elevator like he was taking out the trash. She laid face down on the floor as he had a conversation with a man who didn’t seem too alarmed that there was an unconscious woman on the ground.
For this, Ray received a 2 game suspension from the NFL. TWO WHOLE GAMES. That’s the equivalent of a child being told to face the wall for almost burning the house down. People have been punished more for way less serious offenses (and victimless “crimes”). Josh Gordon of the Cleveland Browns was given a one-year suspension for smoking weed, while Ray used his woman as a punching bag and they told him to be on timeout for 2 weeks.
They’re telling us that partaking in the puff puff pass is a more punishable offense than beating a Black woman. The NFL says they didn’t see the video until today but we don’t believe them and they need more people. A plethora of more people.
At least society is consistent in its messaging that Black women are one of the least cared for and least protected groups. “All I wanna say is that they don’t really care about us.” Word to the Thrillermaker.
As if that wasn’t bad enough, in a press conference held in May, Janay apologized about the role she played in the elevator. THEY MADE THIS WOMAN SAY SORRY FOR GETTING KNOCKED CLEAN OUT LIKE A CHARACTER IN MORTAL KOMBAT! I wish I had the words to articulate how disturbing that is. She has to take responsibility for being beaten, which lets HER know that there is no one and nothing to protect her from his fist or however else he decides to hurt her. We’re out here making folks be like “I’m sorry my face got too close to his fist.” We have failed.
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