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Mar282009

CNN Covers Slaughter of Chiquita Tate:Black Woman Lawyer Stabbed 38 Times-Husband Suspect

Stop the presses, CNN broke away from its coverage of Haley and put the story of the death of Chiquita Tate on the front page of CNN.com:
Tate, 34, had started her own law firm in downtown Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and was doing well, family and acquaintances said.

"She was up and coming," said Cpl. L'Jean McKneely, a police spokesman in Baton Rouge.

Tate was representing a defendant in a high-profile murder trial when, police say, she became a homicide victim herself. Her body was found inside her law office on February 20. Tate was stabbed 38 times, according to a police warrant for[Greg] Harris' arrest obtained by CNN.

While questioning Harris about Tate's death, police discovered an outstanding warrant for him in connection with a battery-domestic violence case. It stemmed from a December 22, 2007, incident at the couple's home.

Domestic violence knows no race or class.  According to CNN, Tate married her husband a few weeks after charges were filed against him for battery:
Harris was accused of using "force and violence" against Tate, according to Baker City Court records. The court said Harris entered a not guilty plea on March 6, 2008, but did not appear for a May 8 pretrial conference. A warrant was issued for his arrest for contempt of court.

When Tate met Harris in late 2007, she fell for him, head over heels, said East Baton Rouge Parish Juvenile Court Judge Pam Taylor Johnson, Tate's mentor and former boss.

"She came in my office one day: 'I met the most wonderful guy! I need you to perform our marriage -- tomorrow,'" Johnson recalled Tate gleefully telling her.

"I told her she had to wait three days," as required by Louisiana law, Johnson added.

Tate did wait a bit. The couple's marriage license is dated January 10, 2008, just two and a half weeks after the domestic violence report from Baker police. They married on February 8, their marriage license shows. CNN.COM


Reader Comments (68)

"Tate married her husband a few weeks after charges were filed against him for battery..."

I know a woman who stayed with an abusive man. She told me that if someone told her 3 months prior to meeting this guy, that she tolerate physical abuse from a man, she would have laughed in their face.

This definitely sounds like a crime of passion, and I don't understand why guys, for selfish reasons alone, are not afraid of prison or death row.

March 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMod 2

Why be afraid of prison when there are so many people like this woman who fight to keep them on the street?

March 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAdam

Amazing. I can say that I would not. I dated a man for a few weeks. I started getting scared of the man when he started slamming his hands against video arcade machines when he lost. The man never threatened me directly. As I got to know him more I realized the type of life he had led and was trying to get out. I prayed to the Lord to get me out of the relationship. Again he had done nothing directly but I was concerned enough to initiate the ending of the relationship. Thank God he asked me if I wanted to end it. After I ended the relationship I moved just to make sure. I never saw him again.

What I did not know was that according to the National Domestic Violence Hotline (or whatever the name of that organization is) I was in an abusive relationship. I thank the Lord often that I was able to see that I was asking for trouble even though he treated me like a queen. Because of this I will not bother with anyone with an explosive temper PERIOD under any circumstances. As this sad story shows rational thinking goes out the window with you are dealing with a hothead.

March 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPamela

I feel that she had the chance to leave when she had leased the apartment. Maybe she was seeing someone else in her other apartment she leased. I know that sound cruel to say, but why don't women just leave. It's not like she didn't have money or another apartment. I think that women are attracted to hot heads and it gets them in trouble that can cost them their lives. She said to her mentor that she thought he was the best man she ever met. Why did she marry him so soon. As a lawyer, she should have had better judgement and common sense.

March 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMichael

Horrible. Horrible. Horrible.

We must get out the message that domestic violence is not limited to those women with limited education and economic opportunities. Anyone can be the victim of abuse.

March 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMonica

I live in Baton Rouge and knew of Chiquita Tate. I was watching the news one night and she appeared on the tv talking about a case that she was invvolved in. The very next evening, the story appeared that she had been murdered. At first it looked as if the murder had something to do with her case. But then they started talking about her estranged husband and I knew that it was him.

March 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTasha212

@michales who said "I think that women are attracted to hot heads and it gets them in trouble that can cost them their lives."

Michael now why don't you reverse that and say "Abusive men are attracted to certain eomen and it gets them into trouble that costs them their liberty." I don't care what she was drawn to, nobody has the right to stab another human being 38 times. Why not put the onus on the abusive spouse not to allegedly stab, shoot, choke or punch someone they promised to protect.

Men don't necessarily walk around wearing a sign saying "I beat the hell out of women." TRUST ME all abusive men aren't running around beating the crap out of everybody.

The human "heart" or "emotions" are a mysterious thing. As successful as we may be. As put "together" as some of us may appear human beings want to be "loved" or what they think is "love."
You would be surprised how many"white collar" "educated" women I know who are/have been in abusive relationships.

Why do people stay? I don't know. If I did, I would write a post about it. But since I don't understand it, nor do I think anyone else does, I can't answer that question.

I think it has something to do with being ridiculously in love with yourself enough to make a decision that there are just some things you will not put up with no matter how lonely are enchanted you are. Deal breakers-

Even those saying "I would never put up with that" likely have people in thier lives right now, that have no business being. Maybe they aren't punching you. maybe they just suck the very life from you whenever they are around.

March 28, 2009 | Unregistered Commentergem2001

CNN what is wrong if you don't label her as a black woman lawyer.

March 28, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermissy

There is an incredible acceptance of male violence in our culture and until that acceptance goes away, there will be no end of stories like this one. gem2001, you could publish a story like this every single day and every single day, someone would come into comments blaming the woman for getting murdered. That's what acceptance of male violence looks like.

@Pamela: thank God you had the willingness to see what was there and to act on what you saw.

March 28, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterdeborah

I don't think anyone is putting onus on the women, because it goes without saying that the men are dead wrong for being abusive. I think the message is that women who are able need to bolt as soon as they see signs, like Pamela.

Two other women told me that the guys they married were perfect gentlemen, showing no signs of abusiveness. One of the husbands became abusive within 2 weeks of "I do", and the other one beat the wife ON THE HONEYMOON !! That sounds like a control issue to me.

Both of these women got out of it immediately.

Ladies, stating the obvious, men are physically bigger, faster, and stronger than you, and you have to be as observant and careful as you can, like Pamela.

I'm no expert, but it is probably good to see how he behaves in various situations. If he plays b-ball, for example, see how he behaves when he is losing, or loses. Does he yell, curse, and argue excessively? Does he slam the ball? Does he shake the winner's hand, or is he a sore loser?

Does he yell at people when he is mad or irritated, like when he is driving, or on the phone with cust service?

March 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMod 2

Amen to Mod2. Also, abuse is not just a matter of having a violent temper, but CONTROL. So don't just look out for the "blow-ups," because not all abuse is physically violent. Look out for the controlling man. Even when he is a "perfect gentleman," does his taking care of you feel like you're being trapped in a golden cage? Is there always some "logical" reason to go with his plan instead of adjusting to your preferences? Is he jealous of your time with your family and friends? I avoid control freaks as if they HAD hit me.

I appreciate your not rushing to judge the woman, Gina. I don't know why so many otherwise "together" women not only tolerate, but actually RUSH into relationships with abusive men. But it's so common - and among strong, intelligent women no less - that we can't simply dismiss it as "stupidity" or "weakness."

March 28, 2009 | Unregistered Commentereagleview

So Terrible!

What was different about this story that CNN was willing to post?

March 28, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermiriam

How unfortunate! I hope that her killer is punished to the fullest extent of the law.

March 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDani

I blogged about this earlier today. Tragedy.
Domestic violence is certainly rearing it's ugly head a lot now days. Maybe females will finally get the hint and get out of those relationships.

March 28, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterregina

Poor woman.

Black women get blamed for everything. She could leave her home, get struck by lightening and black folks will ask: "Why was she leaving her home at 4:51am on Tuesday?"

Unfortunately, in today's world, a woman has to do a criminal background check, search for outstanding warrants, and a credit report on a guy just to see if he's remotely kosher.

Those of us who keep a close eye on the behaviors of potential boyfriends are called "picky", "fussy," or "gold digger." However, having high / tough standards, being suspicious, cautious, and using God given common sense might save one's life.

March 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBetty Chambers

Sorry Deborah, I was trying to delete a spammer and got one of your comments in the mix. Everbody, this is what Debora said:

"Comment:
"Unfortunately, in today’s world, a woman has to do a criminal background check, search for outstanding warrants, and a credit report on a guy just to see if he’s remotely kosher."

Amen to that. When you have learned what you have learned, don't try to "save him" or "lift him up." Leave him where he is and keep moving forward. The life you save will be your own. Even if he doesn't kill you, he's probably a soul-stealing, energy vampire. It's good to be picky and fussy.

"

March 28, 2009 | Unregistered Commentergem2001

"I don’t know why so many otherwise “together” women not only tolerate, but actually RUSH into relationships with abusive men. But it’s so common..."

This makes good guys crazy, and the frustration can be mistaken for insensitivity, such as comments 2 and 4.

March 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMod 2

To Adam (#2): Chiquita Tate didn't deserve today no matter WHAT her occupation was. Even though she was apparently a defense attorney, our justice system operates in such a fashion that people have the right to defend themselves. I'm shaking my head that someone would make such an uneducated ignorant remark. Sounds Adam #2 dislikes women.

March 29, 2009 | Unregistered Commentertonya

What happened to her is the reason the majority of the women stay as soon as you try to leave they want to kill you. You just can't leave you have to have a plan and attempt to relocate they ain't just gonna leave you alone cause you move. Now she was defending a high profile murder what evidence do they have that it was the husband.

March 29, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterdeschl

Step back a second. She was killed in her office not at home where almost ALL domestic violence takes place. The Police might have jumped the gun, and took the easy road by grabbing the husband. Would not be the first time they did…

March 29, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterrcav

The article said that "she fell for him". It didn't say he fell for her. Did she push the relationship? Being tenacious, efficient, productive and proactive in your career does not translate into healthy relationships. Scripture says when a man finds a wife, not when a woman finds a husband. A man wants to be a man, but you must let him, through his strengths and through his weaknesses. Wisdom dictates watch...and pray.

March 29, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterponderingitall

Some of these comments defy common sense.

Why would a defendant murder his own lawyer? I'm sure it happens but I don't think this is a case.

If the defendant did want to have his attorney killed, wouldn't he have arranged a more efficient way for the crime to be committed?

Only a psychopath or someone with a personal investment with the victim would stab someone that many times?

He did have a battery charge against him after an altercation with her.

Where there is smoke, there is fire.

Think people.

March 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMonica

The comment "...not at home where almost ALL domestic violence takes place" really speaks to the ignorance of rcav.

I know for a fact personally that this is not true. You see, for the first nine years of my life I watched my mother get the shit beat out of her by my father. Trust me that it didn't matter where we were. When we would take us and attempt to escape to a relative's house, he would find us and change for 2 or 3 weeks and then it would be back to the same ol', same ol. If she did manage to hide for more than 3 weeks, all he would have to do would be to come to the elementary school and pick us up. Of course, she would come back.

I do know now that she only left because she realized that the relationship would not ever get better. No job or change in circumstance would improve it situation. In fact, it would probably end in murder: either him killing her or her killing him. Either way, she would be torn from us forever. And I'm sure she didn't want us to deal with the abandonment she felt going up in a fatherless home. The price for having a father in home, however, was too high.

(I have to add, that I think that my dad knew that my mom was ready for the final solution and that's the only reason he moved on the next woman.)

I wish my mom's story was singularity but for every woman that managed to leave her abuser, there's one who is choked or shot or stabbed by him.

March 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMonica

Add this to the growing list of black women killed by their husbands just this year. We are only in March. This is shameful and horrible. Thanks for posting. Maybe some of us can be shocked into reality by seeing that these kind of men will kill and to recognize and PAYING ATTENTION to the signs, red flags, etc.

March 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLorraine

"I don’t know why so many otherwise “together” women not only tolerate, but actually RUSH into relationships with abusive men. But it’s so common - and among strong, intelligent women no less - that we can’t simply dismiss it as “stupidity” or “weakness.”"

I tend to observe that some women who've grown up without fathers, no matter how "together" our act is, tend to be attracted to aggressive, and at times, violent men, because of our desire to be "protected" and to "feel secure" with a man.

It seems like an attraction to a very perverse form of masculinity (see Robin Givens).

As I read on another blog, a man wrote about how women are sometimes attracted to men that other men stay away from. My husband maintains the same thing. He has a cousin who abused his spouse terribly, but would also always get into fights with other men at parties, at the job, playing basketball.

March 29, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterwanda

This is indeed sad.

But I do wonder why many women seem to be attracted to men like this. Many women like rough necks or big dudes because they feel like these kind of dudes will "protect" them. However, they never seem to think that these guys can't seem to protect them from the very guy they lay down with.

There are signs that will let them know what kind of man they are dealing with. But many women chose to ignore these signs.

In fact, many women seem to despise nice guys, because in their minds they see such guys as being weak and incapable of protecting them. They despise short statured men even more. I believe it all goes down to a woman needing security. That's why many women are attracted to the biggest and baddest dudes they can find. For example, why would a woman date a dude like Suge Knight? Be he probably has stacks of women. Believe me.

Unfortunately, these poor choices sometimes lead to tragic ends.

March 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterToney

It goes the other way, too. Let's not just think that only women are attracted to the wrong personalities.

I've warned plenty of males close to me about women that I felt were not "up to snuff" (as we use to say...) - only for those men not to listen because they were attracted to her light complexion, her long hair or her shape.

Men can be attracted to the wrong women for the wrong reasons, too!

March 29, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterwanda

I think some women who grow up with abusive fathers expect men to be that way.

I briefly dated a woman years ago who was physically abusive. Every time she came at me, I physically restrained her and shoved her out of my apt. The rage in her eyes made me think, "Damn, If I was the woman, and she was the man, I'd be in serious trouble right now".

After the third time, I ended it, and I found out later that her father knocked teeth out of the mom in front of the kids on the regular, and that 2 of her sisters were in abusive relationships, and her brother was beating his sig other.

In retrospect, I think she didn't respect me, because I wouldn't hit her. I have even heard a few women say, "A man ain't a man if he won't hit a woman". She grew up seeing violence as normal in relationships, and I'm afraid she probably ended up with a man who will smack her down on occasion, because that's all she knows.

March 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMod 2

We are all perplexed at Chiquita Tate pursuing this man after he abused her, but maybe there was abuse in her childhood. The fiancee may also come from an abusive background as well. That's why it is good for women to get to know a guy's fam.

March 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMod 2

Michael now why don’t you reverse that and say “Abusive men are attracted to certain eomen and it gets them into trouble that costs them their liberty.”

This makes no sense. The fact that you called them "abusive men" means that they were abusive from the jump and whoever they were attracted to had no play in that. They would abuse any woman. On the other hand, the abused woman becomes abused once she gets with the abusive man and wouldn't be abused if she had gotten with a non-abusive man (she would just be bored). :-)

I don’t care what she was drawn to, nobody has the right to stab another human being 38 times. Why not put the onus on the abusive spouse not to allegedly stab, shoot, choke or punch someone they promised to protect.

The onus is on the abusive spouse by default. So that goes without saying. Room is still left for questioning the judgment of the victim.

March 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBrock

Men can be attracted to the wrong women for the wrong reasons, too!

There is a general difference though. Men can readily separate sex from emotion. So if a man chases a woman of questionable character for shallow or superficial reasons, there is a strong likelihood that he is out for no more than a thrill. On the other hand, when women find themselves attracted to a given man of questionable character, she is far more likely to be open to a serious commitment to that man.

March 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterConrad

"On the other hand, when women find themselves attracted to a given man of questionable character, she is far more likely to be open to a serious commitment to that man."

Do y'all really think the vast majority of BLack women are roaming the Earth saying "hmm let me go find the most no count, violent, habitually unemployed, loser I can find?"

No seriously, I'm beginning to see why the marriage rates are what they are in our community. Why on Earth would two groups of people who think so little of each other ever commit to each other.

Sure I know plenty of women in horrible relationships, but in my inner circle, the Black women that are married (the majority ARE by the way) are happily married. Which is why I don't see why people rush into getting married in the first place- its hard work. A lot harder than being single. It ain't for everybody.

But notice I don't believe I have ever questioned Black men's mate selection choices on this blog, with the exception of mocking Puffy Combs.

Yes, I am still a bit naive since I find it ridiculous that "some" would use a post about a dead Black woman who was slaughtered to knock Black women's dating choices.

Notice how none of these men reciting all these Black -woman-dating horror stories will concede that maybe they attract folks with "Daddy" issues... but that's another post.

I'll write that one right after I finish the post of the mythical "Marriage Minded Black Man with and engagement ring in his pocket who would propose to any random Black woman that would have him if only Sistas would stop passing him over for "thugs""

Let me go find that unicorn y'all said was running around my back yard. Is that a leprechaun??

March 29, 2009 | Unregistered Commentergem2001

@gem2001 and Black Women, and Conrad you hit it right on the head. I'm a Software Engineer and a Military veteran in my 30's, so I've been around the world and all walks of life. I'm sad to say that she stayed in the relationship after the battery charge. I must say Black Women are the worst judge of a man in the world. When Black Men chase a woman who is not good for him, it's just for a thrill and short term. At no point, will he marry this woman in a few weeks like Mrs. Chiquita married her alleged killer. For some reason most black women easily fall in love with men that can not provide for their family or who is abusive. If Black women choose good men, tell me why so many black children being raised in single parent homes and and in poverty. Yes. There are good black men out there, which most black women refer to as nerds. The problem is that black young girls grow up watching rap videos and think that this is the image of a black man they should persue and 50% of black women end up never marrying, but having a bunch of kids out of wedlock; therefore losing a huge amount of income and support they would receive from a good husband. Yes. Young black boys watch BET as well, but don't get it twisted, black boys that grow up to men ain't running nothing (ain't is a word-It's in the Dictionary. I'm educated too) Sorry men running Black Women into the ground, because that's what most Black Women want. If most Black women did not agree with how they were being treated, they would shut it down. Most Black women love thugs or a Cake Daddy. It ain't no in between. A Black Man can't make a honest 40K and get a attractive black sister these days. Ask a sista and she'll say "Girl if he ain't making a million, I don't want him". She want Michael Vick or Allen Iverson or a Rap Star.....Over 60% of Black kids grow up in single parent house hold. Here is something that might take a while to wrap your head around, some of you a life time. Listen up! Black women aways talking about how there is no good men out there; "they don't have jobs, they got felonies, they in jail, they're gay, but since most black boys grow to men are being raised by single black females. That mean, single black women must not be raising good men, to be good lovers to black women. Miranate on that for a while.

March 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMichael

"That mean, single black women must not be raising good men..."

That is unfair. It is the men who are not raising good men.

You made some good points, and I agree with your overall sentiment, but in fairness, I blame the men for not being active with their kids. At least the single bw is raising her kid(s), and the bm is the one who abandoned his responsibility.

March 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMod 2

...and the absent men are also to blame for abused women because they are not there to teach their daughters what to look out for.

March 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMod 2

I don't believe that you can have large numbers of fatherless children and EVER have a good result.

I love my sons very much but I don't see how I could show them how to be MEN. That's my husband's job. Fathers. Are. Needed.

March 30, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterforeverloyal

Too often people feel that an abusive relationship must include violence of threatening behaviors. Please don't forget controlling, stalking, financial crippling, verbal berating and abuse as well.

Don't be afraid to discuss and educate others. No matter what don't be an enabler.

March 30, 2009 | Unregistered Commentercinco

"I love my sons very much but I don’t see how I could show them how to be MEN. That’s my husband’s job. Fathers. Are. Needed."

As a mom of sons, too, I second this motion.

Plus, I never agreed with the "I don't need a man to raise a child" nonsense that some of us would talk about. I don't think this attitude is as prevalent today as it used to be, but the damage seems to be done.

It's like we need a new Reconstruction for our families.

March 30, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterwanda

You know, I will never understand why men with such obvious disdain for black women (Michael #33) spend time on a black women's blog. You won't catch me on a white supremacit blog. I have better things to do.

I really wish it were as simple as Michael says it is. I have students who are making babies with dang fools, and I really wish I had some simple explanation. But I won't revert to a black women's stereotype for the explanation, because the same thing is happening with my white students - and their white babydaddies.

Truth is, there is a whole lot of hurt out there, and people are trying to patch up their hearts and lives using the tools immediately available to them with judgment that is impaired by their pain and circumstances. Black women are hurting, and many come from a cycle of hurt. Black men are hurting and many come from a cycle of hurt. I see the same thing in white environments, but without the flatout ENMITY between white men and women that is happening between black women and men. This is likely a legacy of slavery and the many dehumanizing years following it.

The point is, blaming each other for the hell we put each other through as we deal with our pain - not really knowing how - is just another aspect of the cycle. We're still hurting each other. It isn't productive. I'm glad Gina posts "What about Solutions" as well as these tragedies. Because that's really where our hearts and minds should be right now. We're in a real mess and blanket blaming a stereotype doesn't do a thing to get us out of it.

March 30, 2009 | Unregistered Commentereagleview

Let's get one thing straight. We're not talking about white people. Nowhere else in the world does 60% of women never get married, over 60% of children grow up in single parent families, and where 30% of a race of men end up in prison, unless you're talking about a third world country. If you think that white people are having the same issues as black people and mainly the black women, you need help. There are almost 10%(1 out of 10) black men living with AIDS in D.C. Don't come to me and try to suger coat things. You need to get out of your box a little and come down to reality. Statistics do not lie, but what hurt us is when we ignore the real problems without pointing out the source of issues. Black women are the source of the American Black civilization problems. This is because a strong black women is the heart of the black family and always has been. Now that the black women minds are poisoned now, the black race is in serious trouble. It began with the black woman and it will end with the black woman. I promise you, that is what the slave trader knew and thought back in the old days. The slave master would tell you that. If you want to go back and talk about slavery, I can talk about it. I've studied it for 20 years, but we ain't going to go there; cause I can see your mind is not deep enough.

Now, most black women expect a man to pay for her time. When she goes out with a man, it has to be at the most expensive resturant. The man could end up paying $80 a hour for dinner(for her time), when he might not make $8 a hour. Then the black woman is off to the next free lunch. She might as well be for sell. This is not just what I think, many black men think this way. You need to ask some. In the corporate world Black women pay there black men no attention, not even to say high like they really mean it. However you let that white man walk by, she'll break her neck and put the biggest smile on her face and say Hi "Bob", like she mean it. She don't even respect her own race to speaks to a brother in the corporate world, she knows where the bread is buttered. Some black women to busy treating the coporate world like a popsicle. It's alright, to get ahead the best way you can, since black women are the bread winners in the family. However, speak to your black brothers sometime and act like you mean it every once in a while. And no, I'm not a mail room boy. I make well over 6 figures, but I do know brothers that work in the mail rooms.

March 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMichael

wow michael, lets stay on topic. obviously. this thread is not about u personally but all of the "I" statements in your last post seem like Red Flags....u know the ones that us black women seem to overlook just to have a man be it an abusive one or one making '6 figures"....

March 30, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterlatisha

Latisha. You make no sense. Please say something that "we" can learn from.

March 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMichael

Michael, you make some good points again, but it is not all on the black woman. I see many black women working, going to school, AND raising kids.

On the other hand, truckloads of brothers don't want to go to school, don't want to speak proper English, read no books but know the details of all of the athletes' contracts and rappers' lyrics (and see nothing wrong with the demeaning lyrics), and expect an upwardly mobile black woman to want them, much less say hi to them. I can't blame them for not speaking.

Then, when the sister has her MBA, and is making 95k, and the cool brother is making 39k, he wants to resent the sister for being uppity, or beat her as a desperate attempt at control.

Nonsense. I will be training my daughters on the inner workings of The Game, so they do not get hooked up with these kinds of guys.

March 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMod 2

There is only ONE Sheriff in this a here outpost. I don't have any deputies. Talk about the post or the issues in the post or get out of Dodge. This ain't a free speech zone. You have no constitutional rights here, and I am not paying a monthly fee to host fully grown people who don't know how to behave.

March 30, 2009 | Unregistered Commentergem2001

In other words, to all the usual suspects who invade this space every time we highlight a vicious killing of a Black woman, take it back on over to we-hate-black-women.com I don't want to hear it.

March 31, 2009 | Unregistered Commentergem2001

Okay. I can play that game. What drives a man to stab a human or yet a woman 38 times. Is this the mantality of, "If I can't have you no one can". I try not to rush to judgement, because it could have been linked to the case she was working on. By any means, it's a horrible lost of life.

March 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMichael

I think we should be careful when we blame the victim. If i read the story correctly, the murder suspect had a warrant out for a previous crime. If the police did their job and people STOPPED protecting the criminal, Tate might still be alive today.

March 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDantresomi

The moment you hear that the victim was stabbed 38 times, you KNOW (and any criminal profiler will tell you) that this was a crime of passion, committed by someone who knows the victim well. A random criminal isn't going to stay around long enough or take the time to stab someone 38 times (when the victim is already either dead or incapacitated). The husband, especially an estranged husband, is the first and best suspect, especially considering his similar past behavior.

March 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSandra

Micheal...you said,

Over 60% of Black kids grow up in single parent house hold. Here is something that might take a while to wrap your head around, some of you a life time. Listen up! Black women aways talking about how there is no good men out there; “they don’t have jobs, they got felonies, they in jail, they’re gay, but since most black boys grow to men are being raised by single black females. That mean, single black women must not be raising good men, to be good lovers to black women. Miranate on that for a while."

Sir you do not attack a problem at the end but at the ROOT. The first question would then be, "Why are so many Black women raising a child without the presence or financial help of the father"? The next question would be "Why are so many Black males not willing to mature and marry thereby rendering the Black household with just the child and Mother"? The next question would be "Why are so many Black children being raised by Black women and not Black men?" It all points to this FACT: THE AVERAGE BLACK MALE IS A FAILURE. Not all are failures as THERE ARE EXCELLENT, HARD WORKING, FAMILY ORIENTED, EDUCATION, MATURE MINDED, Black men but the PROBLEM IS THEY ARE FEW. People do not want to admit this but the average White woman has it going on. Why? Because the average White male is family oriented. Good credit. Works. Works hard. Cares enough to get an education. Takes time with his children. Respects his wife. Is less likely to cheat and tear apart the home. WHEN MY GIRLFRIENDS AND I GO TO RESTAURANTS THE NUMBER OF MALES WHO ARE WITH THEIR FAMILIES ARE THE WHITE MALES. AT THE CHILDRENS PLAYS, THE SAME, THEIR ARE ALWAYS MORE WHITE MALES. WHEN WE GO TO FAMILY OUTINGS AT THE MOVIES, AGAIN MANY MORE WHITE MALES. You can argue with me but you can not argue with what happens in the public every. single. day. WHITE MALES APPEAR TO BEAT THEIR WIVES AND SIGFICANT OTHERS LESS. OUR BLACK MEN ARE KNOWN FOR TAKING OUT THEIR ISSUES ON WOMEN.

I SUSPECT THIS MANS father either was not their or caused problems in his life.

March 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKaraKT

WOW- I'm a little late to this particular post but to Michael...WOW....What a pathetic loser you are. You make no good points to me, and your asinine statement about how "Black women are the source of the American Black civilization problems" shows what kind of knuckle-scraping, pea-brained, brainwashed, Black klansmen you are.

Why don't you go try to join up with the other black male members of the black KKK and spew your black woman hate there. What an idiot..you really are a sad and dangerous example of black maleness (if you even are black).

March 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLena

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