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.