Some of our finest media organizations, including Buzzfeed and New York magazine, have run articles about how Casey Affleck is a front runner for next year's Oscars despite having been accused of sexual assault, while Nate Parker will probably end up having to do one of those black Christmas movies.
I'm actually less concerned with the difference between Affleck and Parker, which would be obvious to even a special needs child (provided those needs didn't have anything to do with its eyesight), than I am with the difference in the response from black feminists.
Black feminists were all over the Nate Parker scandal like white on rice in a styrofoam cup during a snowstorm. They destroyed that man's career just because he was accused of a crime he was eventually acquitted of, upwards of 20 years ago. As Sam Jackson in the movie Jackie Brown would say, that's an old crime!
I've seen a few black feminists mention Casey Affleck, but mostly just in the context of pointing out that Affleck, a CAC, hasn't suffered as many consequences as Nate Parker. What a surprise!
Where is the black feminist campaign to try to have Casey Affleck banned from the Oscars, the same way I tried to have Kanye West banned from the Grammys, umpteen years ago, when only the truly prescient could realize that there was something seriously wrong with him? (I should have gone into psychiatry.)
Where are the op-eds in the New York Times in which black women congratulate themselves for not going to see a movie they wouldn't have seen anyway, because they don't want to support someone who's long since been found not guilty of the thing he was accused of doing?
Where is the interview on the Ebony website in which Affleck is ordered to admit to something he didn't do and/or commit Japanese ritual suicide, or else it'll be decided that he obviously hasn't learned his lesson, and therefore everyone should pretend like they're going to see Moonlight instead (but not actually go see it, natch)?
Casey Affleck isn't black, and Nate Parker is, but Nate Parker's victim wasn't black. We don't know who Casey Affleck's victims are, because the settlement he reached with them has been sealed. For all we know, he could have been out here sexually assaulting black chicks.
As revealed in an episode of Finding Your Roots that never aired, because Henry Louis Gates is not to be trusted, Casey Affleck's ancestors owned slaves. Raping black women might be in his DNA, the same way that desperately lusting after white women is so deeply ingrained in my own DNA.
Nate Parker maintains his innocence to this day. Affleck chose to settle with his victims, which is a tacit admission of guilt. Black feminists haven't done nearly as much to try to ruin Affleck's career. Therefore, we can only conclude that their real problem with Parker was that he was a black man.