According to Portland Community College’s Rut Martinez-Alicea, talking about black crime statistics is racist.
Martinez-Alicea, who is a “SAFE Coordinator” at the college, was one of the first speakers to take part in “Whiteness History Month,” an education project examining race and racism through an exploration of the construction of whiteness, its origins and heritage”.
In the video clip, a female member of the class explains how a social media meme based on the claim that “zero black women were raped or sexually assaulted by white men” makes her “want to throw up”.
“That’s physically impossible… everything about this is a lie,” she claims, before going on to talk about the high number of white women who are raped by black men, asserting that “it doesn’t matter what color you are”.
Martinez-Alicea responds by claiming that the meme contains “hidden messages” to communicate the notion that only white women deserve to be protected and that “blacks are being villainized”.
The speaker then asserts that there is a “sexist bias” and a “race bias” in people discussing these statistics.