I was in the midst of a little mini vacation after school ended this past monday. I was tired and simply had to take a leave of absence from my blogging duties to take care of some personal business. I get back on and I recieve an email from Sister shecodes that quickly snapped me back to reality.
She detailed an attack on a Black woman who was then subsequently gang raped by several Black males. More beasts in the guise of Black males. Does this sound familiar? The case of finding the six other beasts who raped the woman in Dunbar village have not been found and the case barely has registered a blip on the Black media. Unlike the Black Enslavement Television Awards that was held this week. You coulden't go anywhere without seeing the ads for that calvacade of crap. Now there is a similar attack of pure evil against a Black woman. This has got to stop! We have to come together and come up with stategies to prevent such atrocities from happening. We have to blitz the media to cover these stories and put a spotlight on them. We must put a fire under the well cushioned butts of "out leaders" and organizations, and yes I do include good ol' Rev. Al and others of his ilk. I am planning now to bombard every Black newspaper, radio show, T.V. show and other media outlets of this. This time I will not stop.
Here is an account of this latest atrocity from Black Women Vote!
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Another gang attack of a black woman while neighbors ignore screams
One year after the Dunbar Village incident has passed. No progress has been made.Yesterday, in Philadelphia, a black woman was forced into her apartment and raped for four hours by several men. According to ABC news, quite a few neighbors said that they heard this sister's screams, but 'didn't think to call the police'. A female neighbor heard her screams and said and I quote: "I heard her screaming , 'Oh my God! Oh my goodness! Oh my God!'... Then I didn't pay attention and laid back down."
The first rapist (who forced the victim into her apartment when she tried to pass him in the hallway) was so confident that her neighbors would not do anything, that he called two of his friends to come over to join his rape party. They happily and viciously accepted the invitation.The victim had to walk a mile to the police station herself. Does that sound familiar?A similar incident had happened a few blocks away shortly before.Read the whole story here.
As many of you know, the violent gang rape/torture that we call The Dunbar Village Incident was the final straw that turned many of us into black female activists. Most of us immediately recognized that heinous crime as an ominous harbinger of things to come.I still remember the day that I heard about it -- I was in Washington DC at a Congressional Hearing entitled "From Imus to Industry", which pretended to investigate the denigrating and stereotypical imagery of (black) women in media. I was sitting next to Gina McCauley from What About our Daughters when she told me the horrific story during a brief recess. We had just finished sitting through hours of white male media execs and black male entertainers as they piously and vigorously defending their 'right' to denigrate, demean, and lyrically rape and abuse black women.
At that point, I knew that I could no longer hide in the shadows; I would have to step forward and forcefully speak up for Black women and girls.When we review the historical background of societies that regularly mutilate and destroy women, we learn that these horrors occur over time: in an escalating progression, with obvious markers and signifiers -- and many chances to change course.The way to mass atrocity is always paved with disregard to the pain of others and a willful disbelief of how widespread the problem is. The inroad to open and mass violence against black American women is being been paved right before our eyes... and some of the pavers are other black women.When a black woman can actually lie down and take a nap while listening to the screams of a another black woman being gang raped, the way has been paved.
We all KNOW that something is seriously askew when black women jump and shout for joy when an obvious sexual predator of black girls is found 'not guilty'.
Let's get out our tools and start tearing up this road, before it's too late.