Entries in Kierna Mayo (6)

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?