Monday
Jun082015

Grown Folks Guide to Dealing With McKinney Pool Party Video. 

I continue to be amazed by the level of learned helplessness demonstrated by fully grown Black people in the face of circumstances that require us to be..... Adults. One of those circumstances is when our children are placed in danger of serious bodily harm or death. So why are fully grown Black people catching the vaoprs over video of an out-of-control, unprofessional, and incredible foolish law enforcement officer bringing deadly force to a pool party.

Central to this disproportionate use of force and unnecessary escalation of what at worst is being called a fist fight and a rowdy party, is the officer's treatment of a bikini clad 14-year-old Black girl. She is clearly walking AWAY from him and he approaches her, manhandles her, at one point yanks her by her braids nearly plowing her head into a concrete sidewalk for no other reason than she is being "mouthy." Being mouthy is not a crime. And even if it were, being mouthy is not a crime punishable by a traumatic brain injury or death by asphyxiation.

Many people are going to try to drag you into arguments about whether or not this incident was or was not racism. Good luck with that! Let me know when racist hearts and minds are changed through internet arguments... I'll wait.

 There are only three questions that need to be asked about the McKinney pool party video:
1. Was anything the children did punishable by death by asphyxiation?
2. Was anything the children did punishable by death by bullet?
3. Was anything the children did punishable by a traumatic brain injury?


If the answer is NO, then the next question is, when will this officer lose his badge. If the answer is YES, walk away- the person you are speaking to is insane.

Stop arguing with racists about whether or not they are racist. Stop debating whether the girl in the video was being mouthy- it isn't a crime. Stop arguing about whether the children "belonged" - trespassing is not a capital offense.

 

Monday
Jun012015

Genarlow Wilson, Dunbar Village and the Duggars: The Messages We Send To Girls

cnn.com posted a piece, In Duggar Scandal a Troubling Message to Girls.   I thought the point Cathering Pearlman made about the Duggars and their supporters was on point.

This is basically what the supporters of the sexual predators( Genarlow Wilson, Dunbar Village, etc,., we've covered over the years have been saying to Black women and girls. I read this in an article about the Duggars. Never watched the show or saw the appeal. Saw a TON of this type of thing when I interned in a courtroom in rural NC.



"The message to the victims, and to girls everywhere, is clear: You are not protected. Telling authorities what happened to you will neither protect you from its happening again nor bring your assailant to justice; men and boys are more valued and you should defer to what is best for them; blame yourself and do it silently." Cathering Pearlman, CNN.com



Basically this is why we drive Genarlow Wilson apologists crazy. How dare we ask about the girls in the case! Oh the horror in caring about Black girls < /sarcasm>

The girls in this case aren't even a part of the conversation when  you hear from Duggar supporters. It is like it never crossed their minds that there has been ACTUAL DAMAGE DONE. Sexual abuse is not a "victimless" crime. And when the perpetrator hasn't suffered any real consequence other than embarassment later in life, we really don't owe the predator anything. He's already been given a great deal by escaping punishment.

All of the mandatory reporters in who knew about this and didn't report it, should be prosecuted.

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