Reporter Joan Walsh [said]: ‘It’s not victim-blaming to say I hope [Samantha] Scheibe avails herself of counseling to understand why she moved in with someone like Zimmerman a month after his acquittal.’
Actually, I’d argue that it’s a lot more complicated than that. First, Schiebe may have a previous abuse history that we know nothing about, which makes her (and her daughter) extremely vulnerable to revictimization. Second, Zimmerman is a lying, manipulative, violent bastard. He knows how to pick targets to victimize. Third, in addition to being vulnerable to Zimmerman’s abuse, Scheibe may have her own issues with antiblackness and racist stereotyping—which would convince her that Georgie is just a wronged ‘hero’ than no one understands.
In other words, Scheibe needs more than just therapeutic counseling. Like all white women socialized into white patriarchy, she needs to thoroughly examine her relationship to gender, race, and interpersonal intimacy itself. We talk a lot here at Son of Baldwin about the need of Black men/men of color to examine how they’ve been damaged by heterocolonial patriarchy, but white women have YET to begin that work—white feminism be damned.
— Yolanda Carrington, “I May Be Done with School, But I Have Not Forgotten How to Read”