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The Ghislaine Maxwell Case Explicitly Exposed How Far White Women Will Go to Protect the Patriarchy

We’ve sat weeks on end waiting for updates. Waiting to see the verdict, and it is finally here. Ghislaine Maxwell was found guilty on five of six federal charges, including sex trafficking minors on behalf of the late Jeffery Epstein. There is a special place in hell for those who commit acts of violence against children, and this case had a laundry list of high-profile white businessmen, celebrities, politicians, and even royals who were potentially involved. Think about that for a second. Some of the most influential people in the modern world are accused of having involvement in one of the most notorious sex trafficking cases the world has ever seen. If that is not enough to make you sick, I’m just getting started.


The trial of the century took place over the past month, and it was not even televised. Why would this be? Criminal and even murder cases are televised constantly. We just saw the trial of Kyle Rittenhouse a few months ago for shooting three men, murdering two of them in cold blood. The OJ Simpson trial is one I’m certain none of us will ever forget. High-profile trials like these have the potential to define a generation — yet all we’ve gotten out of the Ghislaine Maxwell case are tweets, articles, and courtroom drawings outlining the bare minimum for the public. There are not even photos. The lengths being taken to cover up this case should have the entire population outraged — yet it seems like most are just accepting this without batting an eye.


So, what do we know? We know a white woman and British socialite has been held in custody for over a year awaiting this trial to gauge her involvement with a white man’s perverted sexual conquests, along with the laundry list of mostly white men who attended the infamous island where these lewd acts took place. In other words, a white woman is not only upholding the patriarchy but actively participating in it and championing its abuse. Even after her conviction, Maxwell is refusing to list and confirm those involved in Jeffrey Epstein’s sex trafficking ring. Meaning, Prince Andrew and Donald Trump may be off the hook, for now at least.


This trial makes a mockery of the US justice system for its blatant bias and protection of the monsters involved. These are children were groomed by Maxwell to become a plaything for twisted pedophiles. She took the most vulnerable and innocent demographic and tricked them into thinking that sick and disgusting acts from powerful middle-aged white men were normal. So if the justice system and the media are protecting pedophiles — how can we expect the system to protect the innocent?


The Maxwell case explicitly exposed the problems we face in modern society and their deeply racist and sexist roots. If the victims in these cases were the children of high-profile white men and the pedophiles were black men, do you honestly think for a second that it would not be a media frenzy with every single station following it round the clock? Would social media campaigns be demanding justice? Would social movements begin? Of course, they would.


One of the victims said the following the day Maxwell was convicted:


She has caused hurt to many more women than the few of us who had the chance to testify in the courtroom,” she said in a prepared statement. “I hope that this verdict brings solace to all who need it and demonstrates that no one is above the law. Even those with great power and privilege will be held accountable when they sexually abuse and exploit the young.”


While the statement above should be true — where is the real accountability? Ghislaine Maxwell’s involvement was a mere drop in the bucket compared to the hidden secrets she harbors.


The very people who govern our country, run our corporations, and act as “role models” for our children, are the very people Maxwell would not dare name. Justice was served in her sentencing for her acts, but her protection of the dozens if not hundreds of pedophiles involved sheds a light on an even bigger problem. We need white women in this country to stand up, expose the patriarchy and the egregious acts buried within it, and protect not only other women but children as well. We always knew sex trafficking existed, but no one likes to talk about such horrible things — but, every single day children are taken from their homes and sold into sex slavery.


You see, compared to their racial counterparts, Black girls are more likely to be trafficked at a younger age, and 58% of all juvenile prostitution arrests are Black children. Furthermore, Urban Institute reported that traffickers admittedly believe trafficking Black women would land them less jail time than trafficking White women if caught. Sex trafficking is a human rights issue primarily impacting the Black community.


When the “Me Too” movement began, I saw white women fight the patriarchy to protect primarily white women. Simply google ‘Harvey Weinstein victims’ and you’ll see my point. What we need in this country and beyond is for white women, and all women to stand united and fight the evils that hide within the patriarchy, exposing them and holding these white men accountable for their actions.


Ladies, we need to be able to build a sense of trust with each other — Black, White, Latino, and everything in between. If white women do not take a stand for ALL women, then ultimately only white women will see justice; and if white women continue to hide the lewd acts of the patriarchy, they will ultimately harm all women.


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Cindi  Bright

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