Floyd Mayweather calls out Manny PacquiaoSomething interesting happened on Twitter yesterday. After boxer Floyd Mayweather challenged Manny Pacquiao to a fight before Mayweather heads off to serve his 90-day stint in jail for domestic violence, CNN’s Roland Martin called him for being a hypocrite.

Mayweather tweeted: “Manny Pacquiao I’m calling you out let’s fight May 5th and give the world what they want to see. My Jail Sentence was pushed back because the date was locked in. Step up Punk.”

Martin put the boxer on blast, noting that Mayweather couldn’t call another man a punk when he was  headed to jail for abusing the mother of his children (he reportedly pulled her hair, punched her, twisted her aim, and threatened her).

Roland Martin calls out Floyd Mayweather for Domestic Violence

Shortly after his tweet, Martin was criticized by some Twitter users for being publicly critical of Mayweather because he is a fellow black man. Apparently, they felt that Martin should have had a private conversation with the boxer about domestic violence instead of being critical of him in public, simply because of his race, despite the fact that Mayweather often takes to Twitter to air out his grievances.

This idea that black people shouldn’t be publicly critical of one another is nothing new. It plays into the notion that we shouldn’t talk negatively about one another lest we “disrespect the race” and make all black people look bad in the eyes white folks.

While I’m of the belief that some things do indeed need to be discussed behind closed doors (i.e. family problems), when it comes to issues that affect large swaths of people, we need to get them out in the open.

For too long things like domestic violence and sexual assault were swept under the rug, and many–both men and women–suffered in silence. But now that it’s common knowledge that beating your partner is wrong and sexual assault has no place in a civil society, some people still take issue with holding abusers accountable for their actions.

But why?

Why do some people have a problem when abusers are called out for their destructive behaviors? Why do some continually try to rationalize abuse? (i.e. saying he didn’t hit her, he just twisted her arm). And why don’t more men hold each other PUBLICLY accountable for perpetuating and engaging in violent behavior (against women and against each other)?

While I know there are men like Roland Martin, Mark Anthony Neal, and Kevin Powell who do step up to hold their brethren accountable, when bad things happen to women–and especially black women–the chorus of men holding their feet to the fire is painfully low.

Domestic violence is no laughing matter, nor is it something that we can just talk about behind closed doors.  It not only affects the couple in the relationship, but many times, it also scars children who bear witness to it.

As Audre Lorde once wrote, “your silence will not protect you,” and staying silent on such pressing issues will do little to ensure they don’t happen in the future.

What do you think?

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  • Socially Maladjusted

    I think people should speak out against violence where ever it happens and whoever it happens to – from State violence right down to mother on child violence.

    Adult women have options to protect themselves, Floyd’s wife excercised hers and the man has been punished.

    Children and vulnerable adults (the elderly & disabled) have limited options and no one speaking out against their victimisation, despite being the worst sufferers of domestic violence.

    Why’s that – why do we only seem to care about man on woman violence?

    I don’t like and have no respect or sympathy for cry baby, cry wolf hypocrits who demand that society give their victimisation priority, but refuse to show the way by calling out domestic violence perpetrators in their own ranks.

    If non-adult female victims of domestic violence don’t matter then why should we be concerned about female victims of violence?

    kiss teet

    Should more black men speak out about violence?

    Yes

    whenever I’m out shopping and see the kind of violence that offends me most – adult on child violence – I will report the perpetrator to the authorities and write about it on my blog to raise awareness of the culture of parental volence against children.

    Children and the vulnerable need to be protected from abusive “carers”.

    • QON

      @Socially

      Yes. Thats why I had to give this topic the side eye. Women will such for any and every opportunity to be apart of a protected priviledge class in society. It is socially unacceptable for a man to hit a woman even when that man is trying to defend himself. He is supposed to take it, “like a man.” It is socially acceptable, especially in the black community, to beat children. There is a disproportionate number of black children in protective custody than any other children in America. They do suffer more forms of abuse than any other children in the country and it is typically when they are being raised by a single mother. Either she is abusing them or allowing her revolving door of male friends to abuse the children. Why wouldnt they? Its not as if they have a bond with the children from another man.

      So yes, when black women want to talk about domestic violence, I just think of Rayon McIntosh.

    • Socially Maladjusted

      qon

      Rayon Mcintosh isn’t an example of domestic violence but his case is an example of what happens when sociaty treats violence against women seriously but ignores women’s violence.

      Those women attacked him believing he wouldn’t retaliate, because they were protected by the ‘never hit a woman’ shield.

      Well turns out on this occassion they were wrong.

      Nuff said on that

      Don’t know the extent of boyfriend abuse on children, but I’ve read studies that say married step fathers (not boyfriend “step fathers”) are most likely, among men, to abuse children – including psychological and sexual abuse.

      Mothers and female carers are the worst abusers of children and vulnerable adults.

      Also I don’t think the problem of parental abuse on children is confined to single mothers, it’s a widespread problem in the black community, which many justify as a cultural practice among blacks.

      That’s the kind of bullshit that needs to be called out.

      I’m not getting into any single mother vs married couple politics on this one.

      I don’t like people who hit children

      end of

      I don’t like cowards and bullies use children as punching bags because they’re too lazy, ignorant impatient or too frustrated with their own lives to socialize children with patience respect and love rather than with violence.

      I’m convinced that the parental violence so many of us blacks experience as children is one of the main causes of the violence we commit in adulthood.

    • QON

      @Socially

      Well I equally have a problem with the concept of “domestic violence” except in the cases of children or adults who are old and infirm. There is no difference between someone hitting me upside the head when I am outside and them doing it in an intimate relationship. I guess the only difference would be within intimate partners I can actually escape. If it is coming from nowhere in the streets, I am more or less trapped.

      So women have turned “domestic violence” basically into a grievance racket forgetting that men are often the victims of horrendouos, and more often than not, deadly violence that isnt domestic.

      Domestic violecne should have a primary focus on children, the elderly or the infirm, NOT WOMEN or men.

    • Socially Maladjusted

      No disagrameent from me in anything you said above ^. It’s bang on.

    • QON

      @Socially

      “Those women attacked him believing he wouldn’t retaliate, because they were protected by the ‘never hit a woman’ shield.”

      Exactly. This is why this topic gets a side eye. Men have been hearing about not hitting a women since they were boys fighting with their sisters over the remote control. This idea that men arent taught that it is bad to hit a woman is completely and totally false.

      Clutch is making hey out of this situation because of the high profile black man that is involved.

  • gottalaugh

    Kudos to Roland Martin and yes more people no matter what the race need to speak up against domestic violence. whether Mayweather hit her, or just twisted her arm, wrong is wrong. yes no one knows exactly what happened except the two people involved and even then their stories are going to be different. but if we keep quiet about this issue or only want to discuss it “behind closed doors” then all we’re doing is allowing room for more acts of violence to go ignored. for more perpetrators of violence to find ways to justify what they did or downplay their behavior and for more victims to be scared into silence. CALL ‘EM OUT!!!

  • David Torrence

    I don’t know if I’m more disappointed in Mayweather or the people who try to justify a man putting his hands on a woman in any manner. And this thing about not publicly calling a brother out when he has committed this crime is ridiculous. That’s the attitude that has allowed this disease to continue to perpetuate in our community.

  • Mike Tyson, R. Kelly, Chris Brown, now Merriweather. Black men run to defend them when they attack black women and girls. I am proud and happy that Roland Martin stood up. It is a measure of how unimportant the health and welfare of black women is to too many black men.

  • Papillon

    I think the reason why a lot of men – not just black men – don’t speak up in castigation toward their behavior is because they are either afraid, apathetic or it reflects their behavior. They are afraid because they don’t want to be seen as someone who breeches the honor of the “mancode,” especially when it comes to women. They keep quite because they don’t want to be pegged as a week “mangina.” Scolding your fellow brother is a betrayal of the brotherhood. Some are apathetic, in that they don’t care. Does could be do to their negative thoughts and ideas about women. And the last reason is because it may be the same behavior that they themselves indulge in. It’s the “birds of a feather flock together” mentality.