USA Today columnist Yolanda Young says that recently-convicted rapper/debutante “Lil’ Kim” (a/k/a Kimberly Jones) is yet another victim of “lying for men.” (Please pardon the Fisking, but it’s just so ripe…)
Two things jump out here – first and foremost, Lil’ Kim is a victim. In other words, this kind of thing could happen to any of us at any time. WE ARE ALL LIL’ KIM!
Second, Young views a thug who engages in a gunfight outside a radio station as merely an irresponsible man. Irresponsible is not paying the utility bill. Irresponsible is losing your keys. Engaging in a gunfight with another bunch of rap thugs is not irresponsible. Lil’ Kim is not the first victim of irresponsible men, however…
God bless President Clifford. He spent 8 years teaching America how to avoid personal responsibility for its own actions. He also taught us that perjury isn’t really punishable by law, so it’s understandable that Lil’ Kim’s followers would be angry and confused by the conviction. But most importantly, when will the epidemic of young black women victimized by irresponsible men ever end???
Unfortunately, Smith and Jones are not aberrations. Instead, their cases have become fairly commonplace among women. The Bureau of Justice Statistics found that the female prison population has increased from 68,468 in 1995 to 101,179 in 2003. An American Civil Liberties Union-sponsored paper, “Caught in the Net,” attributes some of this increase to women who are convicted on factors related to their men using or selling drugs.
Maybe it is an epidemic. Just look at the numbers! If the ACLU says it’s so, it must be so.
Let Lil’ Kim’s tragic example of victimhood be a lesson to all of us. WE ARE ALL LIL’ KIM!
Cross-posted at Beth’s Place