Will West Virginia's Senior Senator Take to the Senate Floor on Behalf of Black Women in the Aftermath of the West Virginia Rape and Torture Case?

Y'all remember this post called " Maybe Black Women Should Be Pitt Bulls in Our Next Lives: The Hypocrisy of Al Sharpton and Russell Simmons. " I basically note that Rev. Al Sharpton and Russell Simmons issued a statement condemning Michael Vick for dog fighting and were silent and immorally indifferent to the plight of the Dunbar Village gang rape victim. I know for a fact that BOTH of them know about Dunbar Village because I have exchanged messages with some of their high ranking staffers. Well Rev. Al and Russie ain't got nothing on Senator Robert Byrd from WEST VIRGINIA.(he really gets going around minute 5:00)

Byrd took to the Senate floor in an impassioned speech about barbarism. Except it isn't barbarism against human beings. I don't have a problem with folks speaking out against dog fighting. Its heinous and the folks that would stoop so low as to abuse an animal would probably abuse a human being.

We got on CNN's anchor , Larry Smith, when he said that dog fighting was worse than rape, but apparently he was right and we were wrong because if you compare the level of coverage that dog fighting got vs. the Dunbar Village case, that could be your only conclusion. If you consider the fact that the NAACP came out on behalf of the multimillionaire Vick who is more than capable of defending himself, yet called me to tell me that they would not be speaking out about Dunbar Village, then it is not unreasonable to conclude that folks are more concerned about dog fighting than vicious crimes committed against Black women.

Maybe y'all can get Senator Byrd to take to the Senate floor to speak about Dunbar Village and the West Virginia torture case on behalf of Black women, whose murders, kidnappings and rapes are apparently less newsworthy than the plight of FIDO.

You can email Senator Byrd by going here.

Tell him about the looniness that is the government of West Palm Beach and the RADIO silence coming out ot the Florida governor's office.

And just to confirm that YouTube is going to send us all to hell in a handbasket, here are two "remixes" of Byrd's Speech about dog fighting.

NO, Really YouTube is sending us all to hell in a handbasket, the remixers got more "creative".

Well this one just went to far. What possessed them? So. Not. Funny putting Byrd's words in MLK's mouth.

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NPR News and Notes Open Thread- 9.12.07 WAOD on the Blogger's Round Table

The audio from my appearance on News and Notes on September 12, 2007 is up. We talked about Cornel West, Mos Def, Oprah, Obama, Eddie Griffin and Black Enterprise and thanks to one of my guest panelists who managed to slip in a reminder about Dunbar Village

To those NPR listeners who remember my original appearance from back in early August, since my last appearance talking about the Dunbar Village, the League of the Immorally Indifferent has not sent out a single statement, not even an e-mail directing people to the Victim's Assistance Fund. The NAACP DID call me back, but only to tell me that cases like Dunbar Village were not within their "mission." The national media has moved on despite the fact that potentially 6 gang rapists are running around Florida. But undaunted, we launched a multimedia campaign and Symphony, one of the WAOD contributors had a YouTube clip that made the local news in Florida. I produced my first internet PSA and it has received over 22,000 views in less than two weeks so even without these "leaders" and the mainstream media, we are evolving around here to get our message out. Scroll around the sidebar for Dunbar Village info and our original appearance on NPR in August. Thanks for visiting.

Update: Uh Oh, some folks are upset about our discussion about the Cornel West-Mos Def train wreck. In addition to being a "Crazy Cat Lady", "Black man hater", I can now add "Uncle Tom N@^%$er" to the list. It is good to know we are having an impact. Welcome folks from the message board in addition to being CRAZY!, please also include that I am the reigning "Blog of the Year". Welcome to What About Our Daughters? Our Disgruntled Readers Support Group meets every Sunday evening at Bedside Baptist Church where our Pastor is the Rev. A. Larm Clock, Sr.

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What Other Black Bloggers Are Saying About the West Virginia Torture Case.... Dunbar Village Update...and Go Chill Out In Front of Debra Lee's House

Dunbar Village Updates
I have some Dunbar Village updates (because if we don't do it, nobody else will.). The last major thing to come out of THAT CITY was a dog and pony show-like tour of the projects by guv'ment officials. From which absolutely nothing has resulted other than a bunch of sniping and no "action."The City of West Palm Beach, Florida is still stuck on stupid almost 4 months after a 35 year-old woman was brutally gang raped by ten African American teens and forced to perform a sex act on her own child at gunpoint. At the time, we all were asking..How on earth did something like this happen? How could her neighbors listen to this woman and her child scream for three hours and not call 911. How could one of this woman's neighbors say "So what a lady got raped...crime happens here all the time." Well folks we are seeing irrefutable proof that there is something in the water in Florida. The Mayor, Lois Frankel isn't the only one whose performance in this matter is way past poor.

Following the international spotlight landing on their city for this heinous crime, the city commissioners moved into "action" and set up a private security patrol in a place the residents called "hell on earth." Now the money is running out and folks are fighting over funding more security. Now mind you these folks can't even install light bulbs in the street lamps of Dunbar Village, the residents live in Florida without air conditioning despite air conditioners being donated and the Police Chief, Delsa Bush has said that a $1,000 reward is sufficient to induce people into providing information on the remaining six gang rapists that are running around West Palm Beach, four months later.

So where are we now. The city commissioner will be meeting with the Housing Authority on September 19th, WAOD will have boots on the ground as our Guest Contributor Symphony from the blog, Essential Presence has been invited to attend. So we'll give y'all the latest when it goes down. Currently, the WPB Town Council was balking at paying $40,000 for continuing security patrols in Dunbar Village. remember these are the people who recently approved 40 MILLION dollars for a tourist boardwalk. Call Florida's Governor, Charlie Crist and ask him why he isn't weighing in on the zoo-like atmosphere in WPB? These folks are citizens of the State of Florida as well. You can reach him at:850-488-4441


The Black Blogoshpere was all over the attack in West Virginia yesterday. As usual, even our entertainment and gossip bloggers used their highly visible platforms to alert folks about the horror. Concrete Loop, Bossip, Sandra Rose, and Roland Martin all did posts on it. So did Native Son, Mirror on America, and of course Essential Presence is all over it.

Some folks seem to think that WAOD is the only one to have a problem with THAT NETWORK, but we are not alone and new fronts in the effort to stop funding the foolishness are opening up every day.

This Saturday, the Enough is Enough coalition is planning a demonstration at the home of BET CEO Debra Lee. Pastor Coates, the leader has said that already 500 folks have RSVP'd for the demonstration. Please join them on Saturday and send me some text messages updating me.

To RSVP and learn more, go to the Enough is Enough website.

UPDATE: 9/13 More churches are joining in the demonstrations. They now have 600 folks headed to Debra Lee's house to hang out this Saturday. One of my readers in DC has GOT to go and give us a firsthand report.

Seriously... We have got to STOP FUNDING FOOLISHNESS! The cost of foolishness to too high.

I invite you all to revisit our posts, The Five Stages of Grief and the Eight Stages of Genocide. I'll be on National Public Radio on the Show News & Notes. I don't control the topics they select! Search you local NPR listings to hear then the show airs in your area.

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Black Woman Tortured and Raped For A Week in West Virginia - Open Season on Black women continues.

Essential Presence has all of the gory details.

Besides being sexually assaulted, the victim had been stabbed four times in the left leg and beaten, Porter said. Both of her eyes were black and blue. The woman's wounds were inflicted at least a week ago, deputies said.

During her capture, the victim was forced to eat rat and dog feces and drink from the toilet, according to the criminal complaint filed in magistrate court. The woman also had been choked with a cable cord and her hair cut, it alleges.

One of those arrested, Karen Burton, is accused of cutting the woman's ankle with a knife. She used the N-word in telling the woman she was victimized because she is black, according to the criminal complaint.

Deputies say the woman was also doused with hot water while being sexually assaulted. Source

Not in Africa or Bosnia or Central America, in THIS country! Open season on Black women! This will probably be ignored just like Dunbar Village, but there is hope because this time the SIX assailants were White so maybe THAT will get attention from the League of the Immorally Indifferent and the media. I got three letters for y'all C.H.L. I was going to avoid doom and gloom on today because September 11th already makes me sad, but I got three e-mails about it, so it couldn't wait till tomorrow. Thanks WAOD readers (Symphony, Tracey, Phil) for the heads up. I appreciate y'all.

UPDATE:Welcome readers.

Folks, apparently through some quirk of fate's AP story about this West Virginia story is pointing people at this blog temporarily. That is why you are seeing comments from folks you have never seen before and a lot of folks who are saying that we shouldn't be making a big fuss about the lack of coverage crimes against Black women receive. Sure and the AP covered the initial story, but what about a week from now? Will this woman get Elizabeth Smart coverage? Has the Dunbar Village case gotten additional coverage three month's out with six out of ten gang rapists still running around Florida?

Is any news organization covering the fact that NOW, the NAACP, Rainbow PUSH, Rev. Al, Rev. Jesse, Obama, Clinton, Edwards and etc. have all ignored the plight of the poor Black women in West Palm Beach, FL who were forced to live in a placed they called "Hell On Earth?"

Regarding the Knoxville case. I too read about that case and even commented on it on another blog. It kept me up at night too. In fact I have always suspected that the Dunbar Village rapists were copycats of the Knoxville case because they are very similar. So those who are upset about the lack of coverage about Knoxville. I share your ire. Something is going on in this country where we have the weaponization of rape similar to what you expect to find in some third world country on the uptick and mainstream media is quick to put on 24 hour coverage of Michael Vick and is Britney's career over and what did Paris Hilton wear to prison today.

But before you dismiss our legitimate concern that horrific crimes against Black women go underreported, let me ask you this... Have you ever heard of Sakia Gunn? We're not just lamenting this case. We already know what is going to happen. We're not just saddened over Dunbar Village, but over Newark, and Chancey Bailey, Stepha Henry, and Sakia Gunn( This was in Newark too. The Accompanying article lists another horrific crime committed against an 11 year old girl by 19 men and boys! Jesus! Just. Just. Jesus!). Folks are ticked off over Marcie Crane, Kireasha Pam Linkhome, Shirley Geanes, Latoya Natasha Thomas, Dymashal Lashon Cullins, Tyesha Patrice bell, Daphne Philisia Jones, Tamika Antoinette Huston, and all the other Black women that go missing while MSNBC focuses on what Paris Hilton is wearing when she goes to jail.

So temporarily, our tiny little blog is getting traffic from, we hope you understand that this is one of the few places on the planet where we do highlight the War on Black Women. We hope you don't begrudge us this teeny tiny space in the world of 24 hour coverage of Britney, Paris and Lindsey.

To my readers, here we go again, please go back and review our post on The Five Stages of Grief. I hope it helps y'all. Yes, another bad thing happened, but babies are still being born, children still play, you'll still laugh and experience joy and I think most people want to live honorable lives and follow the Golden Rule. If we want CNN, MSNBC, and FOXNEWS to keep covering the story beyond an AP snippet, then we have to demand it. No one else is going to do it for us.

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Where Were You the Day Hell Rained Down From the Sky? What Black Bloggers Are Saying

*** Warning, the following will mention faith, possibly religion. As always PLEASE DON'T PROSELYTIZE in the comments! Y'all always do anyway, but that won't stop me from making the request anyway. My Mama is already on the case, okay. She's got me all prayed up with extra to spare. I'm set.****

I know that today is the day 50 Cent and Kanye West's albums come out and their album sales, Britney Spear's Performance at the VMAs and whether Beyonce (we're giving her the benefit of the doubt) meant what she said when she said she is "jealous" she wasn't born Latina are what people will be obsessed with today, but I want to take us back to September 11, 2001 if you don't mind. This YouTube video has a perspective you probably haven't seen.

I remember exactly where I was the first time I heard that a plane had hit the World Trade Center. I was pulling in to the parking lot on my first day of a temp. assignment when Russ Parr said a plane had hit the World Trade Center. I didn't think anything of it. I thought it was one of those little tiny crop duster planes. It was after all, the World Trade Center, how bad could it be?

You might not remember what the late 90's were like, but for people in my age group, it was the era when everything we touched turned to gold. Folks graduating from B-school with six figure signing bonuses.Dot come millionaires. Everybody was headed to a start up or helping to start a start up. The era when we could pick a President based on who people wanted to have a beer with. Do y'all remember that poll? The cold war was over. Whippee! I was arrogant, young and foolish. ( Some of you think I still am... Imagine me now... Just worse!) Then WHAM! That wasn't a little plane and WHAM there was another the WHAM! Another and then WHAM! Another!

The world stood still horrified as we watched people jump from the top of a skyscraper.....but this was no movie... they couldn't fly. They'll never hit DC. They have missiles to shoot things out of the air I heard. WHAM. Um no, that would be a NO! I know people in DC! Are they okay? Who is next? Are we? Did the building just come down? Go fill up on gas because we will be out tomorrow, the folks in the office said. And then there were the Nostradamus prophecies. Did any of y'all get those via e-mail.

Then later as family members took to the street wondering aimlessly holding up photographs. Photos of lost loved ones everywhere. When it comes down to it, isn't that all that matters? Who will look for you if you're missing or gone? -- not a freaking IPO.

Sound Byte Religion Not Enough
I am absolutely certain that those 19 hijackers' beliefs were absolutely wrong. Certain they were wrong. If they were so wrong and were willing to take so many lives as a result, could I be wrong too? What did I believe? Why did I believe it? What do you believe? Why do you believe it?

Yes, you CAN be too stressed to be blessed and sometimes, the Lord doesn't make a way. I didn't want to hear no madness about the Prayer of Jabez increasing my territory when I am watching people jump from a skyscraper or watch a 100 story building plunge to the ground knowing that there are people inside! So I was sitting in church ( It was not Bedside Baptist where our leader is the Rev. Dr. A. Larm Clock, Sr.), one Sunday shortly thereafter and I literally couldn't listen to another "The Lord Will Make A Way.Pray Pray Pray!" sermon. I figured I had better high tail it outta there before I started blaspheming or heckling the preacher from the balcony. It was a serious possibility. If God was up there then surely God had us on call waiting.

The Universe is magnanimous enough to accept that I'm human and flawed and I have imperfect faith. No one ever promised us that our lives would be without tragedy or pain. Through my own little journey chilling out in the wilderness, I learned that sadness is as legitimate as happiness, suffering is as legitimate as joy, failure is as legitimate as success. What or who you believe in or don't believe in, is no panacea. There is no cosmic Burger King where you "have it your way." I grew up and realized that life does not always go according to plan, you don't always get what you deserve, and sometimes THAT is a good thing. The Universe may make a way, but the path may require walking through the valley of the shadow of death, not a yellow brick road and sometimes, it is not a short little trip up to the corner store.

September 11,2001 made me question the government's ability to keep me safe, Hurricane Katrina confirmed that belief. In the end we are all responsible for taking care of ourselves and our families because if the worst happens, the government is going to take a hot minute to get its self together, if at all. Forget what you heard about 72 hours. The new literature says TWO WEEKS!

If you had to flee your city at a moment's notice, how would you get out? If you have kids in school, who would evacuate them? Have you ever seen a copy of your child's school's emergency plan? Do they have one? How would you communicate if the phones were jammed? Would you get stuck in traffic? Run out of gas? Be able to function without electricity for several weeks? Where would you go if you had to flee? What would you take with you and how do you keep somebody else from taking it from you? Check out Don't let US be the only ones that don't have a clue. Other folks are preparing. Are you? Do you know what TEOTWAWKI is? Up until today, I didn't. YIKEs! Seriously, be prepared. I am not prepared according to Captain Dave's Survival Guide.They might sound crazy, but I have the feeling that they'll be maxing and relaxing while we're running for our lives. BTW, the likelihood of TEOTWAWKI went up 14 points in less than 12 hours. Um what does Captain Dave know that we don't?

Lots of folks have given their own meaning to September 11, 2001. Where were you the day that Hell rained down from the sky? When you first heard the news, what did you think? How did it change your life? Let that marinate and leave it in the comments.

**It is early so I haven't seen another Black blogger who has posted about 911, but if they do, I'll try to add a link***

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