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Three Ring Circus Arrives in Cleveland Texas -Angry Local Women Blame 11 Yer-Old Rape Victim

Well, those of you who've been reading this blog for a while aren't surprised by what I am about to tell you about an update in the Cleveland, TX rape case. Read our post from 4 years ago about the Black community's response to violence against women->("We're 1.5 Steps Away From Rwanda")

The behavior of the residents of Cleveland, Texas is identical to the reactions of the Black community in the Milwaukee case of an 11 year old girl being raped by 20 men and boys. I keep trying to describe what these comments sound like, but I give up. They are what they are. 

Some are trying to act as if its material that the victim in this case in hispanic. If the girl were Black, the reaction of the community would be identical, how do we know? because this blog has been covering similar horrific crimes of violence against Black women and girls for years, and the reaction from the communities in each case are identical. No, I'm serious, the statements from Black women who are supporters of the Black male perpetrators are IDENTICAL. The race of the victim doesn't matter. All that matters is that nothing and no one comes before protecting Black males from "The System," even if it means rapists go free. And yes, the main and most vocal defenders of these men will be the women of the community. 

If you recall, this was the reaction of neighborhood women in Milwaukee when the men and boys were sentenced in that gang rape:

 "Five years? Ten years? That's ridiculous," said LaToya Bell, 22, sitting on a porch with four others who nodded in agreement. "They (are) getting time for nothing. That girl, she knew what she was doing."
LaToya Bell, 22 speaking about the gang rape of an 11-year old by up to 20 men and boys in Milwaukee.


Compare it with the reaction of the women of Cleveland, TX:

"She lied about her age. Them boys didn't rape her. She wanted this to happen. I'm not taking nobody's side, but if she hadn't put herself in that predicament, this would have never happened," said Angie Woods, who lives in Houston but grew up in Cleveland. Chron

Well no wonder their men are running around engaging in barbaric behavior. 

These comment's were made at a town hall meeting organized by local buffoon Quanell X. yes, that's his name, Google him. Those of us from the Houston area are familiar with him. Let's just say imagine Al Sharpton... only more mercenary and opportunistic and less competent. [My comments are in brackets inside this quote.]

Thursday's meeting was led by Quanell X, an activist prominent in Houston's black community. He told the audience of more than 130 people who had packed a small community center that the gathering's goal was not to criticize the girl but to question the investigation by police, although he did question why she didn't report the attack to authorities herself. [SHE'S 11 years-old you sick pervert!!!!!!!!!!!!]

"I did not come here this evening to jump on an 11-year-old girl," he said. [YEAH RIGHT! You're questioning why she didn't report her own gang rape.]

The activist, who was invited to speak by a local pastor, said he was concerned that only young black men had been arrested. [Only young Back men were arrested because only young Black men took part in this attack. it is what it is. ]He said he believed some of those arrested were guilty but that others were not. He told those in attendance that if they were questioned by police about the case that they should only talk to police with a lawyer present.

During the meeting, Quanell X also asked people to donate money to the defense funds for two of those arrested in the case. Chron

SO the circus has arrived in Cleveland. The same thing happened in Dunbar Village. Remember the NAACP and Al Sharpton holding a rally on behalfof the convicted gang rapists... and then after this and other blogs called them out, they  denied that they were rallying about what they CLEARLY were rallying about.

Chicago Tribune Covers NAACP & AL Sharpton Joint Dunbar Village Press Conference and the Email Accountability Campaign-UPDATE: Larger NAACP Role???

Part of me is relieved that the sentiments of the women of Cleveland, TX are being laid BARE. BARE! Let the world see this. Its not pretty. It's vile disgusting and EVIL, but it is an inescapable manifestation of what  many of us have been complaining about for years. We haven't been making this stuff up. These folks really do exist and they exist EVERYWHERE! 

On Monday I may discuss how some of you should process what you are reading about this case. If you have not been on the roller coaster that is our coverage of these prior cases, some of this might be emotionally crippling for some of you. You might want to read one of my posts from four years ago:

The Five Stages of Grief- The League of the Immorally Indifferent on Dunbar Village,Newark, Chauncey Bailey, Stepha Henry... I'm at Stage Two

I couldn't blog about Dunbar Village for three months after I first read about the story.  Likely those of you who are new to this concept where certain members of the Black community will excuse ANY BEHAVIOR, no matter how evil, in order to save Black men from "the system."  These are not just the thoughts of random ignorant women in Cleveland, TX, but the official policy positions of most members of the Civil Rights Industrial Complex.


Reader Comments (40)

"Part of me is relieved that the sentiments of the women of Cleveland, TX are being laid BARE. BARE! Let the world see this. Its not pretty. It's vile disgusting and EVIL, but it is an inescapable manifestation of what many of us have been complaining about for years. We haven't been making this stuff up. These folks really do exist and they exist EVERYWHERE!"

Said this to a few of my colleagues yesterday. We've been discussing this case in the office for the past couple days. SO VERY glad that news outlets are (knowingly or unknowingly) exposing these disgusting, sick, twisted attitudes because it shows how far we STILL have to go in 2001 (and beyond).

"During the meeting, Quanell X also asked people to donate money to the defense funds for two of those arrested in the case."

You have GOT to be F---ing kidding me. :-/ Not gonna cause myself a new headache today. No sir and No ma'am.

*cursing under my breath*

March 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSpinster

I just... well thank GOODNESS he is at least being front page with his foolery. You gon' act'a morally repugnant fool, then ACT a MORALLY REPUGNANT FOOL so everyone can know to steer clear! I too am glad that this clown got here first. Shake all the "pretend justice" for the perpetrators out of the tree.

If anyone thinks that the community outrage should be any less b/c this child was hispanic, you've got to be about 3 crayons short of the box if you think any of these rapists haven't targeted other little girls too. It doesn't MATTER if the child wasn't black. She's a CHILD. There were 2 dozen men willing to rape a child in this town and videotape it. That's ALL the information needed. It is ON TAPE.

And who is the PASTOR who invited this man to speak, and still claims a relationship with GOD?

March 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDailyLattes

And who is the PASTOR who invited this man to speak, and still claims a relationship with GOD?

COSIGN! The problem isn't just the moral bankruptcy, but that the institutions of the BLack community promote, protect and defend moral bankruptcy. You wouldn't see mainstream White organizations making it their policy to rally around criminal. Sure there will always be fringe groups who do, but not mainstream groups. If Quanell X hadn't gotten there first eventually the other members of the CRIC would have arrived, and still may. After all, they gravitate towards moral bankruptcy

March 11, 2011 | Registered CommenterThe Blogmother

I'm mad at the Supreme Court for taking the death penalty for child rape off the table.

I don't think these situations, or the responses to them, will exist for long in the future, because the number of people who rally around this nonsense is a rapidly shrinking population. And the money to subsidize their lifestyle is drying up.

Right now, it's like watching cannibals start eating one another.... unfortunately young girls are the ones paying the price.

March 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBetty Chambers

So are all the Black women in Cleveland, Texas immoral and stupid? This is sickening, but unfortunately to be expected.

Black women need to get out in the mainstream media and make sure that those of us who are sensible have our voices heard. Not all BW support BW or BM regardless of what they do.

I have an 11-year old niece and I cannot imagine anything like this happening to her. There are no excuses and I don't care what happens to these rapists. Too bad there is no death penalty for raping children.

March 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPatricia Kayden

Donate money? To shiftless TRIFLING N!@@#$ who RAPE and RAPE like the Janjaweed? I wouldn't piss in thier mouths if their teeth were on fire.

And to the Pastor who is giving QUANELL an audience to promulgate his foolishness, BURN IN HELL. I am beyond words right, but I sure do wish I were in TX.

If there are ANY decent people living in Cleveland, do whatever it takes, but FLEE this barren place or be consumed with it. 20+ BLACK males REPEATEDLY RAPED AN 11 YEAR OLD. That's it... THERE IS NO JUSTIFICATION FOR DEPRAVITY... NEVER, NONE, ZILCH.

March 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBLKSeaGOAT

I am a long time reader, but a first time poster. Add Cleveland, TX to the list of dead areas. Anything positive has long left that area and all that is left is despair, depression, and disgust. The zombies are human in physical form only. I won't disrespect the animal kingdom by comparing them to animals. Poisonous snakes and hyenas have more respect and sense than the clowns in Cleveland. These fools don't even understand the law: ELEVEN-YEAR OLDS CANNOT GIVE CONSENT! Period! Their thick skulls can't even process that simple statement! And spare me this bull about how an eleven-year old girl was dressed. If you would open your ears and LISTEN when this child was speaking, you would have IMMEDIATELY determined this was a child and ran away. I'm sick of stupid males with their eyes popped out of their head looking at T&A while their ears are closed using that dumb excuse. Go sit down somewhere with that foolishness. Their female defenders can go sit down as well. Don't try and run that bull on thinking individuals.

March 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSholoray

There's no death penalty for child rape in the United States? How disgusting. :-/ Situations like this are the reason why I support the death penalty.

Furthermore, I am disgusted that individuals like Quanell X (WTF kinda name is that, BTW) can get away with such rhetoric. He's probably one of those fake ass "conscious" Pan-AfriKKKan men (Yes, with a K. Because his type ALWAYS spell it with a K) who claim to be community activists when in reality, they're only activists for predatory Black men who are "held down by the man". Black girls & women don't matter to them, nor do Black boys & men who are genuinely decent. All they do is protect a subculture, often on purpose, at the expense of girls/women.

Pardon me if I veered off topic. I'm just sick & tired of men like him and those who enable him and his "activist" bulls--t. :-/

March 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSpinster

Spinster, read this on the death penalty and child rape...


And FYI, the NAACP was involved... I believe Gina was one of the few to bring this issue to our attention!

March 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLisa99

How about someone taking donations to help the girl. If "she wanted this" as some has said, that is even more reason for concern. She is 11, troubled and now probably physically and mentally damaged in ways most of us can't imagine.

And yes, who is the pastor who is not speaking out against anyone, male, female otherwise participating in such disgusting behavior. Where is the condemnation for the males who have no more respect for a female of any age than to use her as a sexaul toilet. Where is the condemnation of the males who have no more respect for themselves than to make their bodies a part of this. Where is the condemnation of the older men in this who, instead of acting as community elders (yes 27 is an elder in comparison to a teen) and stopping this and at least taking the girl authorities, took part. Where is the condemnation of people who continue to contribute to this characterization of our community, who make the stereotypes of oversexed wanton animals with no regard for women a reality.

March 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBee

Those women making excuses for the rapists are just sick. Reminds me of all the women who have and still do make excuses for RKelly. I just don't get it.

March 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterVal

I take huge issue with the use of the phrase "black community". The only communal about the supporters, defenders, co-signers of these perpetrators is their moral emptiness and savagery.

I'm ashamed to share the same skin color as these miscreants.

March 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterViv

No disrespect to anyone here, but this case is precisely why we advocates don't want the death penalty for child rape. When they finished with her, they would have murdered her and dumped her body in a landfill. Have you noticed the national trend? Rapists/murderers of women and girls now dump the bodies in dumpsters and/or landfills like the women and girls are trash to be tossed out. Once a body, or should a say the body of a Black woman or girl is at the bottom of a landfill several stories deep, it is "too dangerous and too expensive" to recover the body, no matter how much evidence prosecutors think may still be on the body. Proper burial of a loved one? "Too dangerous and too expensive, costing perhaps millions of dollars" as we saw with a very recent case in Washington, DC. AS LEAST TWO OF THE SUSPECTS WERE ALSO YOUNG GIRLS. :( :( :(

March 11, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterrevmamaafrika

These women gave birth to these type of "males" of course they are gonna defend them, no one is going to convince them otherwise. They think they will get loyalty by acting this way, they will soon find out they are not gonna get anything in return for it.

I know this is a small town but a 130 turnout sounds low to me, just sounds like Pookie's mom and cousins showed up and of course a few just be nosey.

Are there any blog readers from the area that can give us the 411 of what happened? Did anyone go there to confront Quanell X?

March 11, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterblkchik

I have to be honest, this story has consumed my thinking today. The more I reread the events surrounding this story, the angrier I get. Yet my heart also weeps for our young girls. It hurts, too.

Gina, if you do choose on Monday to share how you think we should process all of this, I personally would appreciate it. Thank you.

March 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterViv

I'm not from Cleveland but Houston, and this is one Black female that will not defend these barbarians. I think there has to be something mentally wrong with the people defending them. They obviously do not understand the concept that even if she stood naked and said come get it the fact is she was 11; SHE CAN NOT CONSENT!. Also the news clip posted yesterday from the lady saying check ID. How about also teaching your son to have more respect for himself and women?! Even if she was a 30 year old woman consenting to this behavior, he's that hard up that you would stand in line for "some" REALLY?! I tell you we're living in our last days. SMH!

March 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTan


I've grown to accept the death penalty for child rape for a simple reason:

A dead man can't rape anyone.

It would not surprise me if any of Texas gang rapists have done this before. If they had been tried, convicted, and executed, the 11-year old girl would not now have to deal with physical and mentally scars that will be with her for the rest of her life.

March 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterFred

This entire incident is sickening and maddening! The ONLY FACT that really matters is 11 YEARS OLD! It truly boggles my mind that anyone can really believe that an 11 year-old can CONSENT to sex with approximately 20 men!!! GTFOH! What the hell is wrong with these people? Is there something in the water in Cleveland?

I truly have a hard time finding words to describe how disgusting these beings are. We can't really call them human and it is an insult to animals to call them pigs or dogs etc.

March 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLMH

Thank you for the additonal information, trying to contain my feeling. They need to hang them. Quarnall X need to crawl back under his rock.

March 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterL.Higgins

Thanks for the link Lisa99. SMDH.

This, along with other worldwide happenings, is weighing on me too.

March 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSpinster

I have a major issue with the Houston Chronicle's author using the phrase "having sex with" to describe a gang rape of an 11-year old. It implies consent, which is impossible for a minor to give, or complicity in some way.

This country's pervasive rape culture of victim blaming, regardless of age, race, class, attire, sexual history, etc. has got to stop. Rape is never okay or justified or asked for or deserved.

March 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

This is yet another example of the sheer insanity that exists in so called black residential areas. Is there ANY behavior that is deplorable enough to warrant outrage? Now 11 year olds are able to consent to group rape? What's next? I can tell you one thing. The " peace walls " are coming and the larger society will effectively corral these creatures in inner city wastelands to let them cannibalize/victimize/murder one another. We are an endangered species ladies, and we must get on with the business of self preservation.

March 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSisterlocgirl

@blkchk: "These women gave birth to these type of "males" of course they are gonna defend them, no one is going to convince them otherwise. They think they will get loyalty by acting this way, they will soon find out they are not gonna get anything in return for it."

I don't see this as a "loyalty" issue. These aren't mothers trying to demonstrate just "loyalty" to their sons. I am a mother to two ADULT Black men. If either one of them were accused of such a vile, horrific action, UNLESS they gave me solid evidence to me of their innocence, I would do everything I could to ensure that they cooperate with the investigation, CONFESS if they did it, and ultimately, pay their debt to society.

What we have now are a generation of "females" (not BW) who, through random, irresponsible sexual behavior, bring these "males" (not BM) into the world. These males are feral, and unsocialized, and a THREAT to us all. These females defend them, because they don't want to accept responsibility for their own failures to parent, and socialize. They can't stand the reflection. BOTTOM LINE.

March 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterWanda

The moral fabric of the black community has degenerated to the point that we no longer have communities, just areas where the majority population is black. we don't want to deal with the fact that we are producing millions of sociopaths amongst us. we are at a point in history where I believe we are on the verge of extinction. These are all signs of a people that are on there way out. at some point our behaviour is going to be labled a national security risk. I say our behaviour because it is very possible that we will all be lumped together, depending on what administration is in power at the time. Hopefully they will be able to distiguish but maybe not. Imagine if these savages rape a celebrated white woman like Chelsea Clinton or Caroline Kennedy. Can you imagine what the mood in the country will be? it is not too much of a stretch to say they will move against the black community. If not the government then white citizens might. Societies tend to paint minorities with a broad brush especially in hard times. Read about Germany in the thirties. People in this country are beginning to define blacks by the actions of the underclass... which is expanding and is going to continue to expand. We are living in a totally different world economically and politically and blacks have not adjusted to the change and we are now paying the price. There is no place for the underclass in this society anymore and the programs that we depended on in the past are going and will not return. What we're seeing is the result of the culture of dependence that our organizations fostered over the years which kills any and all notions of personal responsibility and its only going to get worse. What is different is that white folks have run out of patience.

March 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterStriker

The women who support these males are sick.
Believe it or not they are offering this child up as their black love sacrifice!

I know for a fact that they think there is something to gain from supporting any and all black males.
These women have very strange beliefs as a whole.
They actually believe that women and children can invite or put yourself in a position to be raped.SMH
This is crazy because many of them don't like Oprah because they claim she is anti black male but they hold similar beliefs as in THE SECRET just like Oprah.
They actually believe that if you don't "invite" rape into your life you won't get raped.SMH

They believe that if we would all just be a good negro girls,i.e anti white males/the system and a sister soldier for ALL black males,black men as a collective will love and respect them.SMH

Have they forgotten about Maulana Keranga and those other black dudes who tortured their own black female supporters?
Have they forgotten about Shirley Sherrod?
Haven't many black women who fought during civil rights movement and beyond given their accounts of mistreatment,neglect, and abuse coming from black males directed at women and children?

They are literally putting a poor child up as a sacrifice to uphold and show love for a bunch of degenerates with the hope that they will get something from these worthless bastards in return.

In the next black love conversations this situation,their support of black men in the rape and molestation of this child, will be used as a bargaining tool for these women.there will be discussions about why black men don't love black women and these sick and twisted females will talk about how much they support black men no matter what,even when they're down and out and in trouble in times such as these, and how they just wish black men will support them too.They are sick!


March 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTruth P.

And Gem, I am sorry to keep commenting but this situation has really got to me.
When I heard that they were holding a prayer vigil for those degenerates, all I could think about was getting on a plane and going down there to pray a curse on Cleveland tx.I just thought about praying for it to become a desolate place,or a wasteland,a place where they dump feces.

I have Jamaican in my family and it's times like this that I truly wish I knew some kind of Voo-do.It got to me that bad.
I want them to pay.

March 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTruth P.

It's a tragic sight to see our people defending such injustice, especially our women. Ove the years, African-American women have been abused so much that they feel conditioned to accept such actions, and they enable such actions among other women, no matter the race. Of course, this notion is more prevalent in lower socioeconomic environments. The lack of control and respect for our bodies is grand, that we're willing to accept degradation of a child! That is a sick mentality that needs to decease.

March 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEliss

@ Those who blame little Black girls who are gang raped by domestic terrorists (Black thugs)

This quote from Martin Luther King further underscores your apathy and hypocrisy.

Fire away, Dr King:

Let us be honest with ourselves, and say that we, our standards have lagged behind at many points. Negroes constitute ten percent of the population of New York City, and yet they commit thirty-five percent of the crime. St. Louis, Missouri: the Negroes constitute twenty-six percent of the population, and yet seventy-six percent of the persons on the list for aid to dependent children are Negro. We have eight times more illegitimacy than white persons. We’ve got to face all of these things. We must work to improve these standards. We must sit down quietly by the wayside, and ask ourselves: "Where can we improve?" What are the things that white people are saying about us? They say that we want integration because we want to marry white people. Well, we know that is a falsehood. (That’s right) We know that. We don’t have to worry about that. (All right) Then on the other hand, they say some other things about us, and maybe there is some truth in them. Maybe we could be more sanitary; maybe we could be a little more clean. You may not have enough money to take a weekend trip to Paris, France, and buy all of the fascinating and enticing perfumes. You may not be able to do that, but you are not so poor that you cannot buy a five cents bar of soap (Yeah) so that you can wash before [word inaudible]. [applause]

And another thing my friends, we kill each other too much. (All right, Yes) We cut up each other too much. (Yes, Yes sir) There is something that we can do. We’ve got to go down in the quiet hour and think about this thing. We’ve got to lift our moral standards at every hand, at every point. You may not have a Ph.D. degree; you may not have an M.A. degree; you may not have an A.B. degree. But the great thing about life is that any man can be good, and honest, and ethical, and moral, and can have character. (Well, Yes) [applause]

We must walk the street every day, and let people know that as we walk the street, we aren’t thinking about sex every time we turn around. (No, That’s right) We are not animals (No) to be degraded at every moment. (Yeah) We know that we’re made for the stars, created for eternity, born for the everlasting (Yes), and we stand by it. [applause] (All right, All right)

There are some things that we can do. (Yes) We must improve our standards (Yeah); improve our conduct; we must improve our sanitary conditions; we must even improve our cultural standards. And anything that we can do. Opportunities are open now that were not open in the past, adult education and all of these things we must take advantage of them. (Yeah) There are things that we can do to make ourselves respected by others. Let me rush on.


March 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterFred

Well, Fred, there is something we can agree on; this piece is priceless! :)

We could also write brief letters to the media there in Cleveland, TX letting them know many people across the country and across the world are watching this case with great interest. If so inclined, we could say we do not agree with the Quanell X's of our community; we don't support violence, certainly not violence against women and children, that all criminals must be held accountable, no matter who they are,etc.

I'm still working on my brief letter to the Cleveland News, but I'll have it finished and email within two days! :)

March 14, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterrevmamaafrika

I'm sorry. I tried to rationalize the fucked up responses of the black folks down there in my head, but it can't be done.

These people, if you can call them that, are trifling. In any other normal society, the rape of an 11 year old girl by 20+ grown ass men will illicit universal condemnation and a lynch mob posse gunning for those bastards. But apparently...I'll just put up part of a comment I left elsewhere:

I'm at a loss. Sexual abuse in general is taboo among the majority of Black folk. And we have this fucked-up inclination to stand behind sexual abusers if they happen to be either successful figures within the community (Troi Torain, R.Kelly, Eddie Long) or potential successes like the aforementioned "star athlete", perhaps because accusations of sexual abuse were historically used by Whites to derail or end Black careers and livelihoods. On the other hand, if the perpetrators are already "in the system", show little to no promise or are just not liked in the community, you won't see much support.

Why does the black community continue to throw women and children upon the altar of "successful" black men? It ain't doing us any favors.

"Imagine if these savages rape a celebrated white woman like Chelsea Clinton or Caroline Kennedy. Can you imagine what the mood in the country will be? "

Imagine if these same horrors were visited upon an 11 year old white girl. It would be the fucking end for those predators. And the end for the black community at large.

Some folks mentioned "peace walls" and alluded to the Holocaust. I think the trend will be towards a reaffirmation of the slavery-era beliefs that blacks are naturally savages who are only good for forced labor. And sterilization, under a "lifestyle safeguarding" program mandatory for receiving federal assistance. That way, the Pookies on the outside can thug and fuck their way towards extinction that much faster, while the Pookies on the inside become free labor under the aegis of the Prison-Industrial Complex.

March 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMack Lyons

Ugh, this woman ticked me off something awful. I'll never understand some Black woman's need to protect Black men,at all costs. From "taking the rap and going to jail" for their "man", hurting other Black women, even sacrificing their own child-now this. It's horrifying.

When will Black women stop kissing Black men's asses? As many times brothas have thrown them under the bus for monetary,social gain you would think they would stop. I am not saying that all Black men are horrible people, but I just don't like it when people protect Black men at OUR expense.

QuanellX ,just ugh..ugh. I feel so sorry for that child. May these sick bastards rot in hell for what they did to her.

March 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChrissi

Ok Fred and everybody, I just finished my letter to the Cleveland News; I am now going to email it to editor Vanessa Brashier and then I will send it snail mail tomorrow.

Perhaps an avalanche of 20 to 30 letters to this newspaper stating there should be justice for the little girl, we don't agree with folks like the ones at the rally, Quanell X, etc.?

I will also make a donation to Mujeres Unidas and I will continue my community organizing/political work around violence against women issues in the city where I live. We all can do something, large or small. :)

March 15, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterrevmamaafrika

@revma post the address for the Cleveland News and also I looked up Mujeres Unidas, but there were a bunch of different site of similar or same name. If you figure out which one is the group that was in the video post their contact info as well.

March 15, 2011 | Registered CommenterThe Blogmother

To Blog mother and every one:

Vanessa Brashier, Editor
Cleveland News
106 West Hanson Street
Cleveland, TX 77327

As for Mujeres Unidas, the closest I've found to Houston is in McAllen, TX, six hours away, going down toward the Gulf. I don't know if it's the same one, but here's their two phone numbers, they have two offices in McAllen, 956-630-4878, 956-664-2826. I hope this is helpful. :)

March 15, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterrevmamaafrika

No there is no way its McAllen -thats on the border with Mexico, there must be a Houston Chapter, unless they came out of San Antonio.

March 15, 2011 | Registered CommenterThe Blogmother

Ok I will check again later; I'm on deadline at work with after work work related stuff to do, but I'll def get back to you with an update. :)

March 15, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterrevmamaafrika

"Black women need to get out in the mainstream media and make sure that those of us who are sensible have our voices heard. Not all BW support BW or BM regardless of what they do."

Seconding this, emphatically. I'm wondering if we're not at a point where "Black community" needs to be in scare quotes when behavior like this is being reported. Because trust, the mainstream press WILL try to lump those of us who in no way support this nonsense in with the rest of those enablers.

Most people are lazy and either don't know how to or aren't willing to think critically, and I don't have to tell any reader here what the ramifications are of being lumped in with the kind of people who enable and defend this horrific behavior.

March 15, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterrita

Gina, I have been reading your blog for about a year but have never commented. Well, this atrocity has forced me off the sidelines and into the field. I haven't really watched or read any of the news coverage since I am afraid it will drive me to become homicidal. The little news I've read on your blog has got my blood pressure near a stroke inducing point. The defenders and sympathizers of these rapists are so vile and should be treated the same as the criminals they are defending.
If anyone is willing to go down there and show support for the child in this case, I'll be glad to support them financially and any other means that I can. Unfortunately, I am currently tied up in a work related engagement that will prevent me from being there physically to show support. It bothers me that the mindless mainstream media never hesitates to offer precious airwaves to these venom filled opportunists blaming an 11 yr old child.
I think it is important for us to visibly denounce the lack of empathy and support for this child from the people in her 'community'. Of course, the media will probably still focus most of their coverage on the buffoons but at the very least people of Cleveland, TX will know that they have been put on notice and the victim and her family members will know they aren't alone.

March 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAmaerichi

@ Amaerichi, many of us can't travel to Cleveland, TX but we can ask five friends to ask another five friends, etc., to write a letter to the local media there, the chief of the police department, the sheriff at the county police, the closest NAACP (I know Blog mother, I know), women's organizations, etc. Just write a brief letter to explain your thoughts on the situation. I emailed and snail mailed my letter Tuesday this week. AND I GAVE THEM PERMISSION TO PUBLISH MY NAME AND THE CITY AND STATE WHERE I LIVE. And I made it clear, as a proud Christian Black woman, Mr. Quanell X and those other people at that &*%$# rally are an embarassment and not all Black people think and act the way they do. We must make the point clear that wrong is wrong and right is right and what happened to an 11 year old girl is simply wrong, PERIOD!

March 18, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterrevmamaafrika

@revmamaafrika, please pass on the email and mailing addresses of the organizations you contacted. I'll like to express my dismay at the reckless manner with which this case is being covered and prosecuted.

March 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAmaerichi

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