Never Let A Gang Rape Go to Waste?

Originally published on March 13, 2011 at NewsReal

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In 1989, a jogger was beaten, raped, and left for dead in New York City’s Central Park.  When she arrived at the courthouse to testify, a swarm of protesters led by Al Sharpton greeted her with shouts of “whore!” and “drug addict!”

She was just a rape victim, an acceptable casualty of Sharpton’s beloved race warfare.

“It’s typical of the left to make a convicted rapist a hero,” Susan Brownmiller told an interviewer in 1975.  The feminist author was referring to the Left’s embrace of Eldridge Cleaver, the 1960s Black Panther radical who called his rape of white women “an insurrectionary act.”

And so it is decades later in Cleveland, Texas.

An 11-year-old girl suffered a brutal gang rape that began in the bedroom and bathroom of a house and ended in a filthy abandoned trailer strewn with garbage and debris. Police say the assailants forced the child to remove her clothes under threat of violence and raped her while filming the prolonged attack with a camera phone.

The child’s vaginal injuries were so severe that she told a forensic interviewer “investigators might find blood at one of the locations as proof.” A reporter who read the search warrant affidavit described the details as “too obscene to repeat.”

At least 18 men and boys were arrested, and up to 10 more suspects may be charged in the coming days. The victim is Hispanic and all of the accused are black.

Like a vulture circling carrion, New Black Panther Party leader Quanell X swooped down on the small East Texas town to devour the remains of an 11-year-old child’s innocence. The soulless race hustler attracted a standing-room-only crowd to an event in support of the accused attackers. He called his victim blaming, race baiting hate rally “What’s The Real Truth Behind The Rape Allegations?

“I did not come here this evening to jump on an 11-year-old girl,” he insisted during remarks that questioned “why she didn’t report the attack to authorities herself.” The rally was packed with supporters of the accused men who “blamed the girl for the way she dressed or claimed she must have lied about her age.” A revolting article in the March 9th edition of the New York Times chronicled similar victim blaming by local residents who said the girl “dressed older than her age, wearing makeup and fashions more appropriate to a woman in her 20s.” And a defense attorney for several of the men told a Houston Chronicle reporter that the child was “seeking attention” and “wants to be a porn star.”

Is this the best Cleveland, Texas has to offer a vulnerable young girl violated by a gang of local men?

Before Quanell X descended on the town of Cleveland, residents were experiencing heightened racial tensions due to the possible recall of three black city council members. The opportunistic, exploitative stench of his agenda belched forth from the rally Thursday night as he encouraged the community’s despicable, unconscionable questions about the 11-year-old victim’s culpability. In a move carefully orchestrated to cultivate a toxic atmosphere of doubt and blame, he “even went so far as to show reporters a scantily clad photo of her posted on Facebook.”

Further victimization of an 11-year-old rape survivor means nothing to Quanell X. She’s collateral damage, a civilian casualty in his endless quest to recruit violent criminals and their sympathizers as foot soldiers in his race war. “’She lives in another community,’ Quanell X told the gathering. ‘You mean to tell me the only men that had sex with that girl were black men, locked up in that jail?’” Proclaiming the innocence of some of those arrested, he took up a collection for their defense and attempted to whip the crowd into a frothy mix of racial resentment and hatred. “We do not want someone with a malicious racist motive to rid your community of an entire generation of black men,” he said.

From victim shaming and race baiting fabrications to politically motivated rape jokes, exaggerated statistics, and vicious smear campaigns, rape has long been an acceptable political weapon in the professional Left’s arsenal.  Victims of rape, the wrongly accused, and the damaged and disturbed people who make false allegations are all completely dispensable in the service of illuminating some larger “truth” about American imperialism or social injustice.

The horrendous false allegations of gang rape made by Tawana Brawley and Crystal Gail Mangum proved just as useful to the political Left.   Their tales of racially motivated sexual violence were carefully manipulated to advance a disturbing narrative of racial hatred–truth and justice be damned. Both women were fashioned into political dodge balls and lobbed repeatedly at the Left’s targets until, worn and battered, they found themselves discarded unceremoniously in the nearest gutter.

And now, that gutter is where an 11-year-old  Texas girl finds herself, abandoned by the feminists who spoke out about her rape but are now appallingly silent about her savaging by a prominent black activist and his depraved disciples.

Comments

5 Responses to “Never Let A Gang Rape Go to Waste?”

  1. Alexa on March 19th, 2011 7:26 pm

    Jenn Q – Let me out myself as someone left of center. But I came here to your blog HOPING I might find some sort of rational discussion in regard to this gang raping in Texas. And boy did I. Thank you for your article and I agree with everything you wrote.

    The left is hopeless when it comes to women’s issues outside of abortion. Completely hopeless. What I see happening, over and over again is, according to the left, rape only matters when the rapist is white and the victim is a person of color. The reason it matters in this scenario is because it is an opportunity for the left to show their anger over racism. The left does not actually care about rape.

    When a black person rapes it is almost entirely ignored by the left (no matter the race of the victim) or misdirection occurs and the discussion turns to racism and yes, defense in some shape or form, of the rapist.

    I believe in multiculturalism, my family is diverse and I am happy to say that the “brown” members of my family are victim to much less racism today then they were 20 years ago. But I also do not doubt for a minute that the mulitculturalism is a patriarchal movement and will eat up and spit out the most vulnerable women if it serves them well to do so.

    I’d like to point you to one particularly disgusting “feminist” analysis of the Texas gang raping. Women are in extremely sad shape if we have the likes of this writer to defend us.

    http://hayladies.wordpress.com/2011/03/10/why-race-matters-in-the-cleveland-rape-case/#comments

    Also, do you have a link to the Al Sharpton quotes? I’d love to pass along your article, and proof of this quote, to others.

  2. Jenn Q. Public on March 19th, 2011 11:53 pm

    Thanks so much for your comment. It’s encouraging to know that there are people on the political left who are willing to speak out about this.

    That “feminist” post you linked is exactly the kind of thing I’ve observed over and over. And this doesn’t just happen when race is involved — remember the way certain segments of the left jumped to the defense of Polanski and Julian Assange?

    I have my fair share of criticisms of the right, too. But I find it particularly disgusting that the left claims absolute ownership of feminism when so many among the mainstream left won’t disown people who treat women and girls this way.

    I found the quotes from the Sharpton-led protesters via Lexis-Nexis. The article isn’t on a publicly accessible site, but here’s the citation:

    “Trial Sets Alight Bonfire of Profanities”
    Courier-Mail
    August 1, 1990

    And here’s the relevant portion of the article:

    “”The jogger’s a whore”, “”The jogger’s a drug addict”, “”The jogger doesn’t exist”, “”The jogger’s an actress” are alternative chants. The jeerers, often 50 strong, gathered on the court steps, taunting the jogger as she was driven away in a van with tinted windows after her court appearance. Several of the angriest-looking men in the group chased after the van for several blocks, hurling abuse at the gaunt, facially-scarred and still frail woman inside.

    If you have access to Lexis, there are a number of articles with similar quotes.

    And here’s one article that’s still online that includes the “whore” comment:

    http://old.nationalreview.com/20Mar00/nordlinger032000.html

    Excerpt:

    Sharpton insisted-against all evidence-that the attackers were innocent. They were, he said, modern Scottsboro Boys, trapped in “a fit of racial hysteria.” Unspeakably, he and his people charged that the victim’s own boyfriend had raped and beaten her to the point of death. Outside the courthouse, they chanted, “The boyfriend did it! The boyfriend did it!” They denounced the victim as “Whore!” They screamed her name, over and over (because most publications refused to print it, though several black-owned ones did).

    Thanks for reading.

  3. Alexa on March 22nd, 2011 1:27 pm

    Jenn,

    Yes, the right is sexist too. But women on the right get things that the left (for the most part) have yet to get. Like the importance of power sharing between genders and the importance of tackling VAW (as well as the culture that supports VAW and the degredation of women).

    FYI, I did a little research on the Central Park case and discovered that the five black men that were convicted were later exonerated when DNA evidence (and later a confession) showed that another man raped the woman and acted alone.

    I know this is not the point of your reference, but it’s interesting. Al Sharpton did indeed have a point in standing up for these young black men and yet… he shows support by gathering a crowd to bring down the female victim who almost lost her life in the attack and was permanently disabled. His claim that “the boyfriend did it” is false and he did everything to help lose sympathy for the victim.

    Why? Why did he not simply go after the police and their questioning methods? Why attack the woman? Because he could.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Central_Park_Jogger_case

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