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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?

 

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
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 _>
PREVIOUS COVERAGE: Ebony & Misogyny

 

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