Me Too: how a protest prompted a fight to stop being violated by white women

A note on the Omicron: It isn’t the college class at which women were taught that Me Too came about. It’s where it was applied, in an experiment to observe why traditional ideologies lead…

Me Too: how a protest prompted a fight to stop being violated by white women

A note on the Omicron: It isn’t the college class at which women were taught that Me Too came about. It’s where it was applied, in an experiment to observe why traditional ideologies lead to inequality. On November 11, 1963, a black woman named Alice Cain, an aspiring civil rights worker, attended a meeting in Stonewall Inn, an openly gay bar in Greenwich Village. She wanted to discuss the topic of “passionate fidelity,” but an official forbade discussion of the way love courtship was different from that of intercourse. Cain’s superiors at the Southern Christian Leadership Conference declined to meet with her. At 9:30 that night, she drove to a bar called Bud’s, where gay men gathered. They were working on drafting an anti-discrimination law.

“During the police curfew, patrons began discussing behavior and subjects, such as police harassment, which are subject to reform and revocation of license,” a police affidavit states.

On her way home, she was stopped by a white woman named Mrs. Moore and asked her to help her to the corner of Church and 6th avenues, on New York’s 5th Avenue. Moore took Cain into a doorway, where Cain kneeled before a bench made from carved amber bark. The white woman came towards her, closed the door and held Cain’s legs while she waited. “Some men came in the doorway,” a police affidavit says. “When these men came in, they stated that they were going to get married.”

The white woman led Cain and other people to a room that seated 60 people. In 1972, at a motion picture premiere, Jim Witt, a cop who had been friendly with Cain, found her in a cellar. She was weeping. “I think she killed herself,” Witt said. He searched for evidence at her body. “I think there was iron teeth,” he said. “The inside of her jaw bone was broken.”

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