Black Woman Accuses Charlie Rose of Racism for Not Sexually Harassing Her

Black Woman Accuses Charlie Rose of Racism for Not Sexually Harassing Her, by Rebecca Carroll.

As one powerful man after another faces allegations of sexual misconduct, we’re still not talking about the ramifications for black women.

In 1997, I joined the production team of Charlie Rose’s popular interview show. I was the only black journalist on staff. …

And while many of us on staff were subject to Charlie’s unsolicited shoulder massages and physical intimidation, as he towered above us at a height over six feet tall, the women Charlie preferred and preyed upon — at least that I witnessed — were white. It was an environment that all but erased me, while simultaneously exploiting me as a black woman. …

In America, the most desirable woman in the room — the most sacred, coveted, enshrined woman — has always been the white woman. …

To be clear, I’m not suggesting it would have been preferable for Charlie to have preyed upon me, too — but rather, his sexualization of white women was a manifestation of gendered power dynamics in the same way that his not sexualizing me was an expression of racialized power dynamics.

via Steve Sailer