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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.

Wednesday
Jul252012

Lessons from the Ebony 4 Debacle: The End of Plausible Deniability for "Journalists" Who Cover Genarlow Wilson

It took five years, countless posts, and constant vigilance from What About Our Daughters readers, but finally a miracle happened, someone from a "mainstream" publication wrote about Genarlow Wilson and asked "What About the Victims?"  

A writer for the Poynter Institute, a school that "exists to ensure that our communities have access to excellent journalism" wrote an analysis of Ebony.com's Genarlow Wilson Notorious to Glorious Debacle. The Ebony 4 (Kierna Mayo, Genese Cage, Jamilah-Asali I. Lemieux, and Geneva S. Thomas)  will live on in history for their EPIC failure to fact-check, but they will go down as the iceberg which finally sank the Myth of Genarlow Wilson. Did you hear that? That's the sound of a hole being torn into the Genarlow Wilson Ship of LIES!

Poynter just published What Ebony story can teach journalists about covering sexual assault. The author did something that in an ordinary world would be routine, but for the Black Elite Establishment unthinkable- she asked a victim's rights expert to comment on the Genarlow Wilson case and the media coverage. Tracie Powell spoke with Wendy Murphy, a leading victim's rights advocate who runs the Judicial Language Project. You have to go read the entire thing, but here is the damning portion:

In both the long-form story and the Ebony update, Thomas Whitfield states that a 15-year-old victim willingly “performed oral sex” on Wilson and several other males at a New Year’s Eve party. Besides the fact that legally, in Georgia, a 15-year-old cannot consent to oral or any other kind of sex, the term, “performed oral sex” not only eroticizes a crime but it also eliminates the subject of the story, in this case Wilson, from the report, Murphy said.

“When you write about her being a receiver of past harm and he, as the subject, isn’t even in the sentence, it’s almost like he takes no role, no responsibility morally, legally or otherwise because he’s just not present in that style of writing,” she added. “That’s completely separate from what I saw to be the overarching concern of Ebony referring to him as glorious.”

“Let’s assume for the sake of argument that this was the only bad thing [Wilson’s] ever done in his life and he’s behaved perfectly ever sense. It’s still a part of who he is and part of his story because he was prosecuted in a public forum for committing a serious public offense,” Murphy continued. “And, is it ever appropriate to call a guy with that kind of background glorious? Reasonable people think he’s a nice guy but you’re telling a story about him because of where he’s been and what he’s done If you call him glorious, maybe you’re not celebrating him for what he’s done but you’re clearly not condemning it. Poynter.org

 

 

Genarlow Wilson and his supporters, with the assistance of "journalists," LITERALLY wiped out the existence of a 17 year old girl who made the very serious allegation that Mr. Wilson and his friends gang raped her. To this day, people tell me they didn't know there was a second girl involved in this case until reading about it here.  They didn't know because she has and will continue to be erased by Mr. Wilson's supporters and journalists.

 

Mr Wilson's supporters and journalists crafted a fiction that Mr. Wilson had "consensual" sex with his 15 year old girlfriend. They left out the part where he passed the girl around to his buddies or the fact that this romantic Romeo and Juliet moment took place in a drug-fueled, booze fueled orgy where Mr. Wilson and his buddies also made a sex tape. OH yeah, and doing all that was a FELONY in Georgia punishable by a decade in jail. 

 

Nope, Mr. Wilson's supporters TRAMPLED over these two girls and past and future victims of sexual violence and declared his actions, NO. BIG. DEAL. I've repeatedly seen fully grown people describe an alleged gang rape as "normal teenage activity." And they are still doing it, and I'm still horrified by it. Nothing, however, could have prepared me for what the Editors of Ebony.com did two weeks ago today when they used the platform at Ebony.com to declare that statutory rape  laws should not be applied to Black girls and reaffirmed their support for Genarlow Wilson as an GLORIOUS, heroic, figure. 

 

Even if you believe that his sentence was excessive or the laws of Georgia were archaic, he did commit a SERIOUS CRIMINAL OFFENSE, one which remains a crime and punishable with up to a year in prison.

 

Mere contact with the criminal justice system does not automatically confer nobility-nor is every Black criminal that gets caught a political prisoner. Incarceration does not equal purification and does not require glorification. 

 

Is it my intention to blog about Mr. Wilson for the rest of his days? NOPE. But each and every time a journalist writes a biased story that leaves out context and tries to paint him a a little lost lamb, I do hope that my readers will rise up to complete the record. Each time Mr. Wilson's supporters, including The Ebony 4, spout dangerous and predatory views towards rape and child molestation of Black women and girls, I hope you will rise up to condemn them and then COMBAT them. Each and every time Mr. Wilson tries to duck and dodge the severity of his actions by using euphemisms and double-speak and attempts to avoid accountability, I hope some  real journalist nails him down. And that's not just for me, that's for HIM. It is CLEAR that he harbors remaining guilt over what he did, if he didn't his interviews wouldn't sound as ridiculous as they do. He keeps running from the fact that he is/was a predator. I believe in redemption, but redemption will never be based on a lie.

 

Tell the truth Genarlow - it will set you free!

 

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Wednesday
Jul182012

The Grownups at EBONY Tell "The Ebony 4" To Have 5 Seats: Pull Genarlow Wilson Propaganda and Promise 3-Part Series. 

The Ebony 4 (Kierna Mayo, Genese Cage, Jamilah-Asali I. Lemieux, and Geneva S. Thomas) have been repudiated by Johnson Publishing. The Genarlow Wilson propaganda has been removed. A three-part series is being planned.
If you're late to the party, read our previous coverage of this ridiculous issue _>
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Johnson Publishing has issued a  total repudiation of the horrific work of Chandra Thomas Whitfield and The Ebony 4. Richard Prince who writes Journalisms followed up on his earlier coverage of the Notorious to Glorious debacle and it appears the grownups at EBONY are reigning in The Ebony 4. According to Journalisms:

 

Crystal Howard, director of communications for Johnson Publishing Co., told Journal-isms by email on Sunday, "We pulled the original story because we felt that it was clouding Ebony's core mission to uplift and advocate for all members of the [African American] community. It is of paramount importance to us that our readers be able to trust all platforms that bear the Ebony [name] for clear and accurate reporting on the issues that affect Black America the most." Journalisms
Let me TRANSLATE!

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Monday
Jul162012

Clear Ultra Shea Responds to Your Concerns About Ebony.com on Facebook - Genarlow Wilson Articles Disappear (AGAIN) From Ebony.com

Those of you posted your concerns about Clear Ultra Shea sponsoring disturbing content over on Ebony.com should have received the following response on their facebook fan page. They are directing you to contact Unilever.

thanks for flagging your concern. The placement of the CLEAR ad is in no way related to or in support of this article. At CLEAR, our top priority is to develop safe, high-quality products that consumers can be proud to use. To reach someone in our consumer services department about CLEAR, please contact consumer.services@unilever.com. Clear Ultra Shea FB Page

As of Saturday, The Ebony Four (Kierna Mayo, Genese Cage, Jamilah-Asali I. Lemieux, and Geneva S. Thomas.) had removed all of the controversial articles, the initial post, the comments, and the "official" response. This would be the second time they have taken down the content. I don't know if they plan to repost it a THIRD time.

And yes, I have prepared a response in the event they come back for another bite of the poisionous apple that is Genarlow Wilson. 

If you get a response from Unilever, please post it in the comments, on the WAOD facebook page or use our comment form. 

Thank you!

PREVIOUS COVERAGE: Ebony & Misogyny

Friday
Jul132012

This Rape Culture Propaganda Was Brought to You By Clear Ultra Shea and Unilever

As you know earlier this week, Ebony.com posted an article From Notorious to Glorious: Genarlow Wilson is Not a Child Molester and Never Was. This is a lie. Mr. Wilson remains a convicted child molester- I won’t rehash the details of Mr. Wilson’s case,  you can read more details in my post Your Genarlow Wilson Refresher Course. In addition to the misrepresentation of the criminal history of a sexual predator, many of you took offense that they would refer to an abuser of girls as “Glorious.”

After readers complained about lies and misrepresentations in the original article, Ebony.com’s editors responded with a disturbing message containing their beliefs about the rape and sexual abuse of children. 

The Editors of Ebony.com are Kierna Mayo, Genese Cage, Jamilah-Asali I. Lemieux, and Geneva S. Thomas.

Based their  statement that the underage girl “consented” to sex with Mr. Wilson, it would appear that  these four Black women do not believe the protections of statutory rape laws should be applied to Black girls. 

In response to the backlash to their controversial belief about rape and sexual assault of children, Ebony.com Editors first removed the article completely, and then republished the article under a different titled and ERASED ALL OF THE COMMENTS IN OPPOSITION. Yes, they removed all signs of opposition in the republished article. 

In addition, the editors published a SECOND statement on the article. They admitted that the original article was misleading, and then proceeded to attempt to assassinate the character of Mr. Wilson’s 17 year old victim by implying that because she MAY have consumed drugs or alcohol, Mr. Wilson was entitled to do whatever he wanted to do to her body whether she wanted him to or not. They also linked to this article by Chandra Thomas Whitfield.  This article is yet another attack on the two girls Mr. Wilson abused. The article goes through considerable detail to highlight the alleged drug and alcohol use of the girls, while describing Mr. Wilson in the most favorable light possible. The Editor’s of Ebony.com reaffirmed their support of Mr. Wilson and their belief that the laws to protect children from sexual abuse and exploitation should not be applied to him. 

Following the formal statement from Ebony.com, Mr. Wilson’s publicists crowed that they are using the controversy surrounding the Ebony.com article as a case study to promote their ability at crisis management using the hashtag F Squared Can Handle a Scandal:

 The article about our client, Genarlow R. Wilson has stirred up heated debate over the last few days...so much so, Ebony.com editorial staff felt the need to respond. Please read Genarlow: The Editors Respond. #fsqauredcanhandleascandal 

Ebony.com editors used the controversy to solicit free content from freelance writers. They clearly are enjoying the increased traffic, incoming links and the possibility of outraged readers providing them with free content. 

And so we are in a pickle:

The comments in opposition to the article that correct the factual inaccuracies have been erased by Kierna Mayo, Genese Cage, Jamilah-Asali I. Lemieux, and Geneva S. Thomas.. 

These four women have reaffirmed their support of the convicted child molester, and to continue to debate with them, drives traffic to the site.

Mr. Wilson’s publicists are using any additional outrage to market their crisis management services. A crisis THEY created. 

And so what do we do without assisting Mr. WIlson’s publicists or driving more traffic to Ebony.com? 

Well we can start with asking ourselves- Who is paying for this assault on Black women and girls?

 

 

Yes, that brand cheek to cheek with convicted child molester Genarlow Wilson is Clear Ultra Shea.

Yes, the editors of Ebony.com placed an ad for a product targeting Black women and girls on an article designed to rehabilitate the image of a sexual predator.   

Here are some questions you might want to  ask Clear Ultra Shea:

 

 

  1. Do you think that it is appropriate to advertise on a website that intentionally misrepresents the criminal history of convicted sexual predators?
  2. Do you think it is appropriate for you to display your ads cheek to cheek with a convicted child molester?
  3. Do you think it is appropriate to display your ads next to an article that the editors themselves have admitted was filled with errors and omissions about the sexual abuse and exploitation of Black girls. 
  4. Do you think it is appropriate for you to advertise on a website whose editors state publicly that a girl who drinks in the presence of men and boys cannot be raped?
  5. Do you think it is appropriate for you to advertise on a page where the site’s writers and editors imply that men can violate a girl’s body, whether she wants them to or not, if she consumes drugs or alcohol in the presence of those men? 
  6. Do you think it is appropriate for you to advertise on a site whose editors say that the legal protections of statutory rape and age of consent laws should not apply to Black boys and Black girls if their abuser is a Black male?
  7. Do you think it is appropriate for you to subsidize the rehabilitation of the public image of a convicted child molester and abuser of women and girls with advertisements asking Black women to purchase your shampoo?
  8. Do you think that it is appropriate to advertise on a website which deletes dozens of reader comments in support of the protection of Black women and girls from sexual abuse and exploitation? 

 

If the answer to any of the above is NO --- then the next logical question is:

WHY IS THE CLEAR ULTRA SHEA BRAND ADVERTISING ON EBONY.COM?

 

Clear Ultra Shea is a product of the massive company, Unilever. 

 

Here is the contact information for Clear Ultra Shea. 

PHONE:1-800-372-6389, *** Updated number for Corporate 1877-995-4483

Email Contact Form

Clear Ultra Shea Facebook Fan Page (DO NOT “LIKE” THE PAGE):

Here is the contact information for Unilever:

Unilever Contact Form or you can email Paul Polman, Unilever CEO: Paul_Polman.Sustainableliving@unilever.com

Here is a copy of Unilever's Code of Business Principles. Advertisingon Ebony.com under these circumstances is clearly inviolation of these principles.

**I need a phone number for Unilever's CEO***

You want to complain about their placement of advertising on a controversial website featuring a convicted child molester and promoting disturbing ideas about the rape and sexual assault of girls. 

Please be polite. The people who are promoting Clear Ultra Shea probably have no idea that Ebony.com has compromised their brand by placing an ad for women’s hair car products cheek to cheek with a convicted child molester.

Please be prepared to explain the history of this case, the behavior of Ebony.com editors and why this is an affront to all women and girls, but particularly victims and survivors. Of you want to review the facts in advance, read Your Genarlow Wilson Refresher Course.

AGAIN- Do not call and act a fool! Our best hope is that someone at Clear Ultra Shea or Unilever will become an advocate for Black women and girls.  Your goal today is to find that person.

If Clear Ultra Shea will not take a definitive stand on behalf of Black women and girls today, then respectfully ask that they take no stand at all, sit on the sidelines and remove their ads quietly.

If Genarlow Wilson’s wants to rehabilitate his public image- let him pay for it! It shouldn’t be subsidized by consumers of Clear Ultra Shea.

If Ebony.com Editors Kierna Mayo, Genese Cage, Jamilah-Asali I. Lemieux, and Geneva S. Thomas want to continue their assault on laws designed to protect Black girls from abuse and exploitation, let THEM pay for it - It shouldn’t be subsidized by consumers of Clear Ultra Shea. 

Thank you in advance. Please leave a comment here, on the WAOD Facebook Page or if you’re a lurker, use the WAOD contact form to let me know your experience with Unilever and Clear Ultra Shea.

This will be a long battle because the four women who edit Ebony.com, Kierna Mayo, Genese Cage, Jamilah-Asali I. Lemieux, and Geneva S. Thomas, think we’re all a bunch of ignorant rubes. They are incredibly savvy. They are also arrogant and their beliefs are dangerous. If we have to defund Ebony.com to get this rape culture propaganda pulled down SO BE IT!

And remember - "The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice" - Get ta’ bending!

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