It’s February! So you know I’m about to share untold stories or forgotten about events for Black History month. Let’s get started…
Recy Taylor. Have you heard of her before? Millions were introduced to her during Oprah Winfrey’s Golden Globes speech a few weeks ago. I however knew about her way before then. Let me tell you a little bit about this courageous woman who passed away December 28, 2017 at the age of 97.
Recy Taylor was a woman with an extraordinary painful history. Her case stands out in history because of what she, like so many other Black women, went through during slavery and the Jim Crow Era. Recy Taylor was gang raped by seven White men and beaten over the course for several hours. The damage that was done to her body was so extensive that she was unable to bear more children.
Recy Taylor tells how prior to her vicious attack, several White men were following her, whistling at her and calling her derogatory names. The things she went through that night over the course of several hours is way too graphic and I refuse to share the sickening details. Sad to say, rape and other means of sexual violence was the main tool of intimidation towards Black women by the Ku Klux Klan and other racist White men.
Despite numerous threats from her attackers, Recy Taylor was brave enough to call out her attackers and to press charges against them which was unprecedented at that time. With her face still badly bruised and battered, she boldly and courageously told her story. Sadly, like so many other Black women and men during that time, nothing was ever done to her attackers and she never received any type of justice while she was still alive.
A documentary was made about her life and if you have the stomach to watch it, it’s a painful and depressing thing to watch. Yet, millions of Black Americans have similar stories to tell because that is something that happened quite often back then.
The one thing that stands out about Recy Taylor to millions of people now is her bravery and her fearlessness. Recy Taylor had the guts to speak up when so many chose to remain silent out of fear, intimidation and retaliation. Say what you want, Recy Taylor was a force to be reckoned with until the very end.
Until next time…