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Friday
Oct182013

12 Years a Slave Opens Today- I Ain't Going to See It -"Helplessness, Grievance and Martyrdom" AGAIN!

In case you've been under a rock, the Black web-viewing public knows that Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave Opens today. There have been no Red Tail-like declarations that if we don't go see the movie Hollywood will never make another movie featuring a Black character EVER - thank you movie marketers!

 I'm a fan of many of the actors in the movie, but generally speaking I prefer to read books about the brutality of slavery, not hand over $10 to be "entertained" by it. So I will probably at some point in the next 12 months read the book that the film is based on. 

Movie critic Armond White wrote a read-worthy review for the New York Film Critics Circle. No. Really, it's probably more entertaining that the movie. And he weaves American history with cinematic and literary history in between his zingers. 

Depicting slavery as a horror show, McQueen has made the most unpleasant American movie since William Friedkin’s1973 The Exorcist. That’s right, 12 Years a Slave belongs to the torture porn genre with Hostel, The Human Centipede and the Saw franchise but it is being sold (and mistaken) as part of the recent spate of movies that pretend “a conversation about race.” The only conversation this film inspires would contain howls of discomfort. Armond White.

He compared it to the Human Centipede! I Luv him! And then he zings Henry Louis Gates ( The High Commissioner of Misogyny Enabling). 

For commercial distributor Fox Searchlight, 12 Years a Slave appears at an opportune moment when film culture;five years into the Obama administration–indulges stories about Black victimization such as Precious, The Help, The Butler, Fruitvale Station and Blue Caprice. (What promoter Harvey Weinstein has called “The Obama Effect.”) This is not part of social or historical enlightenment–the too-knowing race-hustlers behind 12 Years a Slave, screenwriter John Ridley and historical advisor Henry Louis Gates, are not above profiting from the misfortunes of African-American history as part of their own career advancement. Armond White

BURN!

Some of the most racist people I know are bowled over by this movie. They may have forgotten Roots, never seenSankofa or Nightjohn, disliked Amistad, dismissed Beloved and even decried the violence in The Passion of the Christ, yet 12 Years a Slave lets them congratulate themselves for “being aghast at slavery.”Armond White

This is the point where I remind you that Black people responded to slavery in many different ways. And our experiences weren't limited to Hollywood's narrow vision. African slaves were not all helpless martyrs. 

 

Here is a trailer fro "Belle" about Dido Elizabeth Belle Lindsay the daughter of a British Naval Officer and a slave who was raised by an English Lord.

We don't yet have a Harriet Tubman movie about her time as a spy and a military operative. Her mission to disrupt Conferderate supply lines on the Combahee River would make amazine movie. Or stories about women like Mary Elizabeth Bowser and Mary Touvestre. Hollywood isn't going to make those movies- that means Black women are going to have to.

 

If I see one more Black male director create one more movie whose backbone is the brutilization of a Black woman's body- We get it y'all! It's so much easier for you to torture US than to torture yourselves. 

Wednesday
Oct162013

While the World Is Watching Maryville Please Throw a Passing Glance At The Genarlow Wilson Enablers - Tom Joyner, Ebony.com, Zerlina Maxwell, Cynthia Tucker, Javita Moore and other Powerful Black People Supporting A Predator. 

Its interesting seeing mainstream media rally around the victims in the Maryville case, in the same way that they rallied around the victim in the Steubenville case. I don’t begrudge those girls public support. It’s heartbreaking to read story after story of young girls killing themselves after being assaulted and having their peers savage them. But I would like to take time to remind everyone reading THIS blog, that for black women and girls, our reality is VERY DIFFERENT. 

We don’t have powerful Black institutions willing to speak out against sex predators within our own community. In fact, in a case very similar to the Maryville and Steubenville cases,  the powerful institutions of the Black community supported a convicted predator who engaged in the same behavior- Yep. Yep. You know what time it is- It is time for me to once again mention Genarlow Wilson. 

Mr. Wilson  repeatedly had sex ( along with his friends) with a drugged teenage girl and then went to the hotel room next door and had an underaged girl perform sex acts on him. I’ve acquired the trial transcript and Mr. Wilson and his buddies repeatedly dragged the girl off of a bed and took her into a bathroom and violated- as if she were a party favor. He videotaped his hijinks.  He went to prison, was released 8 years early and went on to received awards from the NAACP, a scholarship from Tom Joyner, and a glowing expose on Ebony.com where they called the child rapist, “Glorious.”

And for this Mr. Wilson received an AWARD from the NAACP:

And I’m not talking about what The Black Elite Establishment did a decade ago. I’m talking about what they’ve done in the last 12 months:

 

 

To those who are engaged in online vigilantism in response to this latest story out of Maryville, I say the following:

Women and girls shouldn’t have to rely on vigilante justice. In a way, soothing ourselves with the delusion that a wave of online rhetoric can take the place of the rule of law is a concession that we are somehow not entitled to the full protection of the law. We are!

This is also an opportunity to revisit the conversations you have with boys about consent. Yes, you can still be a rapist if the girls is yelling and screaming and clawing your eyes out. Yes, you can still be a rapist if the girl( or boy) is not legally capable of consent. Rape is about power and where an imbalance  of power exists either due to age, physical strength, social status, occupation, wealth, mental capacity or any other factor, “No means no” - is the start of the conversation not the end”

And remember this- no matter how much garbage the Tom Joyners of the world crank out--- the people responsible for rape are the rapists. 

Monday
Oct142013

They Drugged at 13 year-Old Girl, Raped Her, Threw Her Body on her Parents Front Lawn, Ran her Family out of Town and then Burned her House to the Ground

And we've got yet ANOTHER case of members of the high school football team raping underage girls. this time in Maryville, MO. You can read the details at the Kansas City Star. Yet another story, much like the Genarlow Wilson case, where an entire town turned on a victim of violent crime and paraded the rapists through the streets like conquering heroes.

 Matthew Barnett, the grandson of a state representative one of the accused is living up the life at the University of Central Missouri where he's still tweeting things like this:

“If her name begins with A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z, she wants the D.”  Source: Kansas City Star

We've covered so many of these cases, many which end in the suicides of the girls. Cases like this are why we give no quarter on the Genarlow Wilson case. I don't know if the answer is to lock these atheletes in jail for 50 years, but I KNOW the answer is not to rally around them and parade them in the streets like heroes while running the girls' families out of town. 

Maybe Tom Joyner is going to give these athletes a scholarship too while handing out tips on how not the be raped,  and then Kierna Mayo and the team at Ebony.com will write up a glowing article calling them glorious, Zerlina Maxwell will give them a shout out on Twitter and then Cynthia Tucker can write up a story about the rapists being redeemed. 

The supporters of these boys and Genarlow Wilson may or maynot be EVIL, but what is certain is that they prop up a SYSTEM and a CULTURE that says you can rape and torture girls and get away with it. Think of it another way, if these boys had done this to a 13 year old DOG, the animal rights activists would not stand for it. Why shoudl we treat young girls worse than we treat the family pet?

 

Friday
Oct112013

Kwame Got Coddled and Christine Got a Clue: She's no Olivia Pope

Every time something happens in the Kwame Kilpatrick, Christine Beatty saga, this page experiences an uptick in traffic due to our blow by blow coverage of their torrid love affair several years ago. Our most popular post at the moment is  several years old -When Nigga met Niggette - I didn’t make up the terms, these are the terms of “affection” Kwame and Christine bestowed on each other. I read page after page of their text messages. 

 

ESSENCE magazine, attempting to capitalize on the current obsession with Kerry Washington’s fictitious character, Olivia Pope, included an  article written by Christine Beatty called “A Real Life Scandal.” She needs more followers on Twitter though. 

 

This is the first time she is addressing her lascivious and dishonest shenanigans with Kwame Kilpatrick. I have to go read it the next time I’m am at the grocery store. 

 

Beatty and Kilpatrick’s fates are a microcosm of how the institutions in the Black community treat Black men and Black women who do idiotic things.  Black girls are taught from a very young age that if they screw up, no one will be there to rescue them - you’re on your own. Black boys however routinely receive messages that they are not responsible for their own lives. If they make mistakes, it isn’t because of the choices or decisions they made, but because they are fatherless or because of racism. And while fatherlessness and racism may play a significant role, choices and decisions also have an impact on negative outcomes. 

 

And so when Christine fell ( and she deserved to fall, she was ratchet), she wasn’t coddled. No one handed her a $300,000 house and a six figure job in Dallas. There were no rallies on her behalf. She just skulked away quietly to Atlanta and took responsibility for her own life. Kwame on the other hand acted a fool. Blamed everyone except himself and repeatedly FLOUTED the conditions of his release. Beatty has consistently paid back restitution, while Kilpatrick, thumbed his nose at his financial obligations to the city he defrauded. 

 

As a result, Beatty is now currently free. She’s playing broke, but she’s free. Kwame just got sentenced to 28 years of federal time- that’s basically a death sentence. 

Since my initial coverage, I’ve gotten older and wiser. Chrstine was a real piece of work. She lied under oath and ruined the careers of at least two Detroit police officers. She was not a very nice person. And then she fell. Is she still an arrogant jerk? I have no idea. What I do know is that prior to this article in ESSENCE, she have kept quiet, kept her head down and has not carried herself in the bufoonish way her former lover has. 

 

Had she been male, we would have already raced to foist her atop our shoulders and parade her through the streets as a “redemption” story. But alas, she is not and so the best we can do is wish her well on her journey and encourage her not to screw up the second chance she has been given. Christine... That man didn't love you- - Let it go already!

 

Wednesday
Oct092013

The Little Narcissist That Could- Genarlow Wilson's Jailhouse Letter: Why My First Post About Genarlow Wilson Should Have Been My Last

I want to thank each and every reader who contributed toward the Genarlow Wilson trial transcript fund. I had to pay $1 per page and your support was invaluable. I have now read ALL of the testimony in this case and know more about every person involved than I ever wanted to know. 

I first wrote about Genarlow Wilson back on August 7, 2007. I wrote about Genarlow Wilson before I ever wrote about Dunbar Village. In fact, I edited the Genarlow Wilson post to add the horror of the Dunbar atrocity. While my writing on Dunbar Village tapered off after the conviction of the first set of gang rapists, my writing about Wilson has continued--- and not by choice. For those of you unfamiliar with Mr. Wilson's crimes, read: Your Genarlow Wilson Refresher Course: You're Not Entitled to Your Own Facts.

My point for SIX YEARS has been that A) Genarlow Wilson is NOT a hero and B) What about concern for the lives of the two girls in this case? Heck, we  had to fight to restore LM, the 17-year-old girl back into the narrative after she was systematically written out. 

I have been forced to repeatedly write about Wilson because Genarlow Wilson's supporters are pathological liars. They lie about the tiny facts. They lie about the major facts. The entire mythology of Genarlow Wilson is based on repeating the same lies over and over again.  Most distressing I have been forced to write about Wilson because Black women journalists have ABUSED the powerful platforms they control to  a keep pushing the lies. 

Kierna Mayo and the team at Ebony.com ( Genese Cage, Jamilah-Asali I. Lemieux and Geneva S. Thomas)  outright lied about Mr. Wilson's criminal history.  When corrected about their error, they stood firm until this blog audience made them cave like  like an undercooked souflee. Cynthia Tucker, who once was a critical thinker, drafted a gratituous fairytale about Wilson's "redemption". Javita Moore repeatedly lied in a recent interview about whether children can consent to their own rapes. Perhaps Chandra R. Thomas is the most disturbing for her description of Wilson in a jailhouse interview. Was she writing a story about a crime or erotica?

He’s wearing a tan prison jumpsuit; the sleeves of his cream-colored thermal undershirt cover his coppery arms, exposing only his hands. The hairs of his slight moustache encircle his full lips". Chandra R. Thomas - writing about convicted sex offender Genarlow Wilson

Creepy- I know. Who the hell writes about a rapist's lips? And why was she staring that attentively?

The irony that the primary proponents of the Genarlow Wilson myth and the attempt to throw Black women and girls under the bus have been Black women who purport to be engaged in the act of journalism. I searched, there aren't any post-release articles in a mainstream publication written by Black men. Of course there is the exception of Tom Joyner who has his own personal reason for identifying so closely with Mr. Wilson

Here you can watch Tom Joyner invoking Genarlow Wilson's name when Tom was supposed to be talking about giving a scholarship to a young Black woman- Yes, it's official Tom Joyner is a Genarlow Wilson groupie who probably carries a locket of Wilson around his neck and kisses it gently every night. 

After finally reading the Genarlow Wilson trial transcript,  I couldn’t help thinking that Genarlow Wilson just wasn’t worth six years of blog posts.  He came off as small, petty and entitled. The facts of the case are clear cut.  But alas, the Black Elite Establishment decided that they wanted a registered sex offender and a sex predator to be repackaged and sold as a conquering hero.  And so for years this blog audience has been engaged in a ongoing running battle to beat back the lies of Genarlow Wilson supporters.  A battle that would have been completely unnecessary if Mr. Wilson’s supporters had merely told the truth. Why are they so afraid of the truth?

If you claim that your support of Wilson was based on a desire to correct a sentencing scheme gone amuck, then that would explain the pre-release activism. But what explains the post-release accolades and coddling?

Even before Wilson went on trial, Black  pastors and their congregations rallies around a boy who got together with his buddies and attempted to “stone” a girl to death. They abused her body. Flung her around like a slab of meat. Dragging her back and forth from the bedroom and the bathroom. Literally casting lots on who would get to use the last condom. Used her own clothing to wipe away their bodily fluid as they took turns with her unconscious body and according to testimony, Mr. Wilson declared to the 17 year old girl “You #$&*^ them, now you’re gonna #(*#$(&* ME!”  

 Yep, Mr. Wilson is quite the choir boy. 

Mr. Wilson is not the lamb, he is the wolf. He has always been the predator in the narrative.  And what Christian kindness did the church goers of Douglasville, GA extend to the two victims in this case? The youngest girl was forced to flee the state and move away. The older girl was no doubt ostracized. 

 The transcript arrived as a massive PDF files.  I ignored it all day and waited to the evening. I can’t describe the feeling of clicking open the file. It was like opening a letter from that school you really wanted to get into.  I’d been writing about Genarlow Wilson and his acolytes for over half decade. What if I was wrong? 

I wasn’t. Genarlow Wilson is who I always though he was. If anything, its clear that he has all the hallmarks of a career criminal.  He’s a manipulative sociopath who is well versed in maintaining the veneer of respectability.   

I accidentally ordered a section of the court file that didn’t have the transcript - 90 pages worth! But hidden in the 90 pages I didn’t intend to purchase were two hand-written letters from Genarlow Wilson.  One is to Eddie Barker, District Attorney, dated June 9, 2004. His tone with Mr. Barker was completely different during trial. Shockingly so! But you will notice in those letter  written almost a decade ago, that Mr. Wilson  currently uses the same words and narrative he used back then. 

Nothing is his fault- It's his absent father's fault, or his friend's fault or his circumstances fault, or the guy that damaged his mother's roof's fault. He's a good person- despite the fact that he repeatedly dragged an unconscious girl back and forth from a bed to a bathroom so he could assault her. Even back then he was obsessed with himself.  He still thought that the power of his storytelling would save him. 
The DA was right to conclude he wasn't a "better improved person" because once Wilson got on the stand at trial, he revealed with an entitled disrespectful little twerp he was.
For those of you familiar with jailhouse letters, this is pretty standard fare. He's not even an originaly sociopath, just your run of the mill variety.  Cue a violin--- heck cue an entire orchestra. 

Genarlow Wilson's Letter to District Attorney Barker

P.S. I met Kierna Mayo during blogcation. She still hasn't published the series on rape and sexual assault she promised.

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