I find it interesting–the coalition, consensus, aggressive activism, and flooding of responses through twittering and facebooking that condemn Floyd Mayweather’s criminality. Should he be condemned? Indeed, yes. But what concerns me is the unintentional, inadvertent, publicity of the public’s shortsightedness and perhaps its immorality as it declares its own allegiance to a moralizing position against gender violence. I mean to suggest that we identify the vacancy that urgently needs occupants whose residential mortgages will pool to address the violence similar to Mayweather’s.
(1) The violence of Obama’s unquestioned drone attacks and murders on peoples outside America. Which also means, the violence of silent Americans and Caribbean persons who need to understand that violence shouldn’t denote a different moral logic because of its status as nationalized, transnationalized, or globalized.
(2) The violence perpetrated by top politicians, such as Hilary Clinton, who continue to accept donations from political regimes such as Saudi Arabia, which sponsors inequality and violence against women.
(3) The violence of corporations and their wealthy executives who earn profit and privilege by guaranteeing low production costs and high returns on stock investments. These costs and investments benefits are possible because production is shipped overseas to Asian territories where political structures are sexist and often perpetrate violence, rapes, and assassinations against women and child workers.
(4) The violence of public institutions of higher education such as the one I attend, CUNY, that invest funds into organizations that manage their investment portfolios. These organizations maximize returns by placing higher education investments into prison industries. To be noted is that the public’s money ensures that prisons fail to act as corrective institutions. Rather, prisons’ fundamental missions become aligned to framing their image as attractive investment instruments.
The logic and evidence of this shows that politicians aggressively patronize the lobbyist wishes of prison unions and corporate elites that maintain a vested interest in preserving prison laws that maximize prison terms and deny justice to jailed convicts. Overcrowded prisons, therefore, are disastrous for women of color, but excellent for politicians and executives of higher education.
I wish to emphasize my point that we should continue to condemn Floyd Mayweather. But while doing so, we would benefit from questioning what motivates our agitation, and whether we have widened the critical lenses needed to locate similar and larger violence that continue to disable far greater numbers of women. Failure to do so leaves us like moral missionaries that invaded, colonized, and enslaved peoples of the “New World” yet justify the crimes as godly. And we might argue the missionaries weren’t aware they were committing crimes. And I would say, why didn’t they treat the people of their own world in the way they treated the peoples they conquered in the New World.