The #MeToo movement, catapulted by Tarana Burke, is shining a burning light on the constant sexual misconduct and assaults that are rampant in contemporary society, especially Hollywood. As we trace our history, reported cases of sexual violence remain unresolved. So, this conversation long overdue.
The Rape of Recy Taylor is a documentary inspired by the book At the Dark End of the Street: Black Women, Rape, and Resistance-a New History of the Civil Rights Movement from Rosa Parks to the Rise of Black Power by Danielle L. McGuire. It unearths the cruel 1944 gang rape of 24-year-old mother and sharecropper Recy Taylor. The abhorrent attack occurred during Alabama’s Jim Crow era and at that time Taylor boldly identified her six white male rapists. The NAACP assigned their chief rape investigator Rosa Parks, to this case. Prior, Parks herself was almost a victim of rape but she told the attempted rapist he would have to kill her and have sex with her corpse for consent. Parks’ activism started long before the Montgomery Bus Boycott, which was really her first large-scale demonstration.
The Rape of Recy Taylor highlights the recurring story that Black women have shared since we stepped foot on American soil as slaves in 1619, as it was customary for white owners to rape their Black slaves. Now that women across the world have the courage to speak up and out, it’s only right that we pay homage to victims of institutionalized rape who came before us.
The documentary is now available on iTunes.