How Porn Fuels Racism

By Kayla Sullivan

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Cries for racial justice have been echoing throughout the land. Protestors have been taking to the streets, crying out to have their voices heard.  In some instances, they are even resorting to fear-inducing violence when they feel as if they are not gaining ground. Overtaking entire communities, people are creating a dividing line throughout society. Instead of unity, much of the country stands divided.

It’s important to recognize that one industry stands as a breeding ground for racism – the sex industry.

Racism in the Sex Industry

Pornography, brothels, prostitution, and more violate even the most basic human rights, especially in females of color. Rarely, does anyone advocate for these women. Instead, much of society fuels their degradation. Sadly, this is not something that only began to emerge in 2020.  Instead, it’s been in place for centuries.

End Sexual Exploitation reports that, “enslaved Black women were commonly raped by their owners and owners’ friends. Sometimes they were abused so that their forced reproductive labor would produce children that the owner wouldn’t have to bother to buy.”

Long after the abolishment of slavery, race-based sexual exploitation remained.  In fact, it is still in existence today.

In an article published in the Michigan Journal of Gender & Law in 1993, Vednita Nelson shared,

“Racist stereotypes in the mainstream media and pornography portray Black women as wild animals who are ready for any kind of sex, any time, with anybody. Additionally, strip joints and massage parlors are typically zoned in Black neighborhoods, which gives the message to white men that it is alright to solicit Black women and girls for sex…”

She continued, “And we get the message growing up, just like our daughters are getting today, that this is how it is, this is who we are, this is what we are for.”

How Big is the Problem?

Rights4Girls, an organization whose mission is to end gender-based violence against young women in the United States, shared some statistics to show how disproportionate issues of race are in the world of sexuality.

  • A two-year review of human trafficking incidents in the United States, completed between 2008-2010, revealed that 64% of all female trafficking victims were women of color. (40% Black; 24% Latina)
  • King County, Washington reported that 52% of child-trafficking victims are Black.
  • In the same county, 80% of sex buyers are white Americans.
  • The FBI reported in 2017 that Black children account for nearly 53% of juvenile prostitution arrests.
  • The Cook County Sheriff’s Department reported that Black women made up 66% of the sex trafficking victims from 2012-2016.

When we portray a message in media, movies, and music that people are mere objects to be treated as one pleases, we are raising a generation of superior-feeling people who ignore the potential consequences of their behavior.  While we are focusing our attention on advocating in one arena, another evil is unfolding.  Those with ill-intentions are being given a platform to capitalize on their personal agenda.  Sadly, this is often at the expense of someone else’s suffering.

Hypocrisy in Plain View

One major pornography website recently pledged monetary support to organizations advocating for equality and justice.  At the same time, they were hosting videos emphasizing racism and police brutality.

As the Church, we cannot scream injustice when one is murdered, but offer praise when another is exploited.

Churches cannot effectively deal with issues of race while ignoring the fact that 68% of the men in their congregation are seeking out pornography.

Now is the time to recognize that the level of brokenness surrounding us is at an all-time high. We must advocate for change, and focus our attention on the healing that so many are longing for.

Advocating for Change Through Healing

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