TOPICS FOR DISCUSSION: 8-26-2007

 

Police:  10 Witness rape, do nothing

Minnesota Police Say Video Shows Neighbors Ignored Woman’s Cries for More Than an Hour

From WCCO.com News:

Police: Man Rapes Woman as Bystander Look On

(AP) St. Paul A 25-year-old man was charged Thursday for allegedly raping and beating a woman in an apartment hallway — an incident apparently witnessed by as many as 10 people who did nothing.

Rage Ibrahim was charged with several counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct for the attack early Tuesday. According to the criminal complaint, police responded to a call of drunken behavior in an apartment hallway, where they found both Ibrahim and a woman lying unconscious. The woman’s clothing had been pulled up, she had fresh scratches on her face and blood on her thigh.

Ibrahim says he is innocent and that the incident was a misunderstanding, according to Omar Jamal, the executive director of the Somali Justice Advocacy Center who spoke on Ibrahim’s behalf.

“I’m so upset because of the situation I’m in,” Ibrahim told the St. Paul Pioneer Press, as he headed to the county jail on Thursday to turn himself in. “I’ve got a mom, I’ve got a sister. I wouldn’t rape anyone.”

Police obtained surveillance video from the hallway, which showed the assault starting as early as 1:20 a.m. Police weren’t dispatched to the scene until almost 90 minutes later, when someone finally called to report drunken behavior in the hallway.

Police spokesman Tom Walsh said the video footage clearly showed five to 10 people, both men and women, looking out their apartment doors or starting to walk down the hallway before retreating as the assault occurred.

“It shows one person looking out of her door probably three times,” Walsh said. “It shows another person walking up, observing what’s going on, then turning and putting up the hood of his sweatshirt.”

The 26-year-old victim knocked on a door at one point, yelling for the occupants to call police. A man inside that apartment told police he didn’t open the door or look out, but said he did call police — although they have no record of his call, according to court documents.

The complaint said the video shows Ibrahim hitting the woman several times before sexually assaulting her. It said the woman was visiting the apartment of a friend, where she met Ibrahim; after drinking for several hours, she told police Ibrahim tried to stop her from leaving, and began to assault her.

Ibrahim denied to police that he tried to rape the woman, saying if he wanted to do so he would have done it in the apartment, according to the complaint.

Walsh said police were upset by the behavior of the bystanders. “It’s not what we expect of responsible citizens,” he said.

“If you’re not comfortable, if you don’t feel capable of intervening, that’s fine,” Walsh said. “But not calling is not understandable.”

Minnesota has a Good Samaritan law that makes it a petty misdemeanor not to give reasonable help to a person in danger of “grave physical harm.”

Walsh said it’s unlikely police would pursue charges against witnesses in this case because the burden of proof is so high — authorities would have to show that witnesses knew the woman was in extreme danger.

Jamal said Ibrahim went into the hallway after the woman because he thought she was too drunk to drive. They struggled over car keys, and “he is saying there was a huge misunderstanding,” Jamal said, adding that the police report does not show “the truth of what happened that night.”

“He did not rape her,” Jamal said.

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“Ibrahim says he is innocent and that the incident was a misunderstanding,…….”

Misunderstanding—when she has injuries to her body, which show that it was any but a misunderstanding.

“Ibrahim denied to police that he tried to rape the woman, saying if he wanted to do so he would have done it in the apartment, according to the complaint.”

Okay, rape outside the apt—bad. Rape inside the apt—good. Wow, unbelievable.

As for those “witnesses” who were too sorry to at least call the police—-I imagine they all must have horrible nightmares.

That poor woman, I hope she has survived and overcome this terrible ordeal.

And the attacks against black women continue.

Other links:

http://www.law.ucla.edu/volokh/rescue.htm

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Genetics or poverty and the circumstances of how people live?

Racial Component Is Found in Lethal Breast Cancer

Published: June 7, 2006, New York Times

Young black women with breast cancer are more prone than whites or older blacks to develop a type of tumor with genetic traits that make it especially deadly and hard to treat, a study has found.

Among premenopausal black women with breast cancer, 39 percent had the more dangerous kind, called a “basal like” subtype, compared with only 14 percent of older black women and 16 percent of nonblack women of any age. Researchers are not sure why.

The study, being published today in The Journal of the American Medical Association, is the first to measure how common the different genetic subtypes of breast tumors are in American women, and to sort the subtypes by race. The authors said more research was needed to test their conclusions.

The finding has no immediate effect on treatment, because there is no treatment that specifically concentrates on basal-like cancer. But scientists are trying to create drugs that will zero in on it.

The study helps explain something that was already known: although breast cancer is less common in blacks than whites, when black women do develop the disease, they are more likely to die from it, especially if they are under 50. Among those younger women, the breast cancer death rate in blacks is 11 per 100,000, compared with only 6.3 in whites.

The new data about tumor types is not the whole story, researchers say, because some of the disparity may also result from a lack of access to health care among blacks or differences in nutrition, personal habits or environmental exposures.

The genetic discovery is “somewhat alarming,” but also a “good thing,” because it exposes details about the cancer that should help doctors identify specific drugs to fight it, said the study’s main author, Dr. Lisa A. Carey, the medical director of the University of North Carolina-Lineberger breast center.

Several research groups including her own have already begun testing new drugs against this type of breast cancer, Dr. Carey said. The work involves finding drugs to block specific molecules that these tumors need to grow. If the trials succeed, new treatments could be available within a few years, perhaps even as soon as a year from now, she predicted.

These tumors are identified not by looking through a microscope, but by special tests that measure patterns of genetic activity.

“Things that to my eye and a pathologist’s eye look similar turn out to be biologically very different,” Dr. Carey said, adding that the tests were now strictly a research tool and were not done routinely in women with breast cancer.

Dr. Larry Norton, a breast cancer expert at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York who was not part of the study, said the research was extremely well done and important. He said there was preliminary evidence from other studies that basal-like tumors were the most common kind found in Africa, and that understanding what caused them could help point the way toward better treatments and methods of prevention.

Dr. Olufunmilayo Olopade, director of the center for clinical cancer genetics at the University of Chicago, said she had found high rates of basal-like tumors in young women in Nigeria and Senegal, most of whom died. In many, the disease ran in their families.

The work has not yet been published, but Dr. Olopade said the message to black women, and to women of all races, was that if their mothers, sisters or daughters developed breast cancer at an early age, they needed to start screening for it well before age 40, to seek genetic counseling and to consider preventive drugs and perhaps preventive surgery if they proved to be at high risk.

Basal-like tumors tend to grow fast and spread quickly, and they are more likely than other types to be fatal. They are not fed by the hormone estrogen, and so cannot be treated or prevented with estrogen-blocking drugs like tamoxifen or raloxifene. Herceptin, another breast cancer drug, is also useless against these tumors. The tumors are not stimulated by the hormone progesterone, either. For that reason, cancer specialists call them “triple negative.”

Standard chemotherapy does help, and women with basal-like tumors benefit more from it than women with other breast cancers. But even with treatment, those with basal-like tumors are less likely to survive.

Women with mutations in a gene called Brca1 tend to develop this kind of aggressive breast tumor. In the past, researchers thought Brca1 mutations did not occur in black women, but Dr. Olopade dismissed that notion as a myth, saying the mutations were found just as often in black women as in other populations. She and Dr. Carey said other mutations, not yet discovered, might also predispose black women to the basal-like tumors.

Dr. Carey’s research was based on stored tissue samples from 496 women who had breast cancer diagnoses from 1993 to 1996 and who were included in a project called the Carolina Breast Cancer Study. Their average age was 50, and 40 percent identified their race as African-American.

The researchers used new techniques of molecular biology to find patterns of gene activity in the cancer cells, to classify the tumors accordingly and then to sort the genetic subtypes by race, menopausal status, other tumor traits and survival.

“The same technology that identified the subtypes also tells us about the biology of the subtypes,” Dr. Carey said. “Once you know what makes it tick, you can figure out how to stop the ticking. It’s opened up a window on it.”

The goal is to find particular molecules in a cell that drive proliferation or tumor survival, and to block them.

“If it looks like a particular cancer cell is dependent on a certain pathway to live or grow, and if you can shut it down preferentially in that cancer cell, you can stop it,” Dr. Carey said.

Newer cancer drugs like herceptin and Gleevec, which is used for certain types of leukemia and gastrointestinal tumors, work in this so-called targeted fashion, and so does Tykerb, a new breast cancer drug described last weekend at a meeting of the American Society for Clinical Oncology. For certain cancers, targeted treatments are far more effective than standard chemotherapy, more of a buckshot approach.

Breast cancer experts hope to find better treatments than chemotherapy for many types of the cancer, and Dr. Carey said, “That’s the challenge, getting away from chemo for this subtype.”

The next step in the research is to look for risk factors for the basal-like subtype, in hopes of finding ways to prevent it, she said.

“There’s a lot of smart people working very hard on this,” Dr. Carey said. “I’m very optimistic.”

RELATED LINK:

CBS NEWS VIDEOS:

“Cancer Study to Include Race”

http://www.cbsnews.com/sections/i_video/main500251.shtml?id=3204129n

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Proctor & Gamble unveils their “My Black is Beautiful’ campaign.

Link:

http://money.cnn.com/news/newsfeeds/articles/prnewswire/CLTH05109082007-1.htm

“August 09, 2007: 09:00 AM EST

“CINCINNATI and LAS VEGAS, Aug. 9 /PRNewswire/ — The Procter & Gamble Company announced the launch of “My Black is Beautiful,” a program designed to ignite and support a sustained national conversation by, for and about black women. The initiative was created to serve as the catalyst for a movement that affects positive change in the way African American women are reflected in popular culture.

“‘My Black is Beautiful’ is a celebration of the personal and collective beauty of African American women and encourages them to define and promote a beauty standard that is an authentic reflection of their spirit,” said Najoh Tita Reid, P&G Multicultural Marketing Director. “We not only celebrate our own awesome beauty, but we want to empower black women to challenge those who would see or portray us otherwise.

“Additionally, P&G has created a “My Black is Beautiful” community trust fund. P&G will continue to issue action grants to community-based organizations dedicated to the health, education and empowerment of African American young women. A grant of $50,000, underwritten by Tampax and Always, will be awarded to and shared by the W.E.B. Dubois Society, GirlSpirit-Women Song Inc. and Urban Academy in June.”

Media/advertisement ploy to get more dollars from black women buying more P&G products, or, true concern about how black women are so horribly portrayed in all forms of the media?

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Black farmers ares still losing their land.

http://www.infozine.com/news/stories/op/storiesView/sid/24221/

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Hollywood continues to make excuses for not making movies about the Civil Rights Movement:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/07/09/AR2007070901476.html

And why has Hollywood been so slow to make movies about the most dramatic part of history that has ever happened in America? I’m speaking of the Civil Rights Movement.  Of course, the producers and directors of such a movie would have to be careful in how they bring this most important movement to the silver screen. But could it be that with the sorry excuses usually given as to why Hollyweird refuses to make movies about the black experience with sorry excuse after sorry excuse:

-No one will go to see a movie with a predominantly black cast

-No one wants to see black actors beaten and destroyed in a movie about black people driving terrorism from the American South

-No one is interested in  movies about black culture or black history (well, if that is true, then how do you explain the high popularity of hip hop music, blues, jazz, and gospel and other aspects of black culture and history?)

Or could it be for the main following reason:

“So why, with such promising stories, such larger-than-life characters and such historic sweep and importance, hasn’t the civil rights era been captured in a feature film? Not surprisingly for the movie industry, the answer is portrayed as purely economic; and equally unsurprisingly, economics in Hollywood are inextricably interwoven with the still unresolved issue of race.”

Or could it be that if such movies are made, will they then fall into the MBS?

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From the Associated Press:

“Experts:  U.S. Childbirth Deaths on Rise”

The article below discusses the reasons for these high numbers:

AP – August 26,2007 

ATLANTA -U.S. women are dying from childbirth at the highest rate in decades, new government figures show. Though the risk of death is very small, experts believe increasing maternal obesity and a jump in Caesarean sections are partly to blame.

Some numbers crunchers note that a change in how such deaths are reported also may be a factor.

“Those of us who look at this a lot say it’s probably a little bit of both,” said Dr. Jeffrey King, an obstetrician who led a recent New York state review of maternal deaths.

The U.S. maternal mortality rate rose to 13 deaths per 100,000 live births in 2004, according to statistics released this week by the National Center for Health Statistics.

The rate was 12 per 100,000 live births in 2003 _ the first time the maternal death rate rose above 10 since 1977.

To be sure, death from childbirth remains fairly rare in the United States. The death of infants is much more common _ the nation’s infant mortality rate was 679 per 100,000 live births in 2004.

Maternal deaths were a much more common tragedy long ago. Nearly one in every 100 live births resulted in a mother’s death as recently as 90 years ago.

But the fact that maternal deaths are rising at all these days is shocking, said Tim Davis, a Virginia man whose wife Elizabeth died after childbirth in 2000.

“The hardest thing to understand is how in this day and age, in a modern hospital with doctors and nurses, that somebody can just die like that,” he said.

Some health statisticians note the total number of maternal deaths _ still fewer than 600 each year _ is small. It’s so small that 50 to 100 extra deaths could raise the rate, said Donna Hoyert, a health scientist with the National Center for Health Statistics. The rate is the number of deaths per 100,000 live births.

In 2003, there was a change in death certificate questions in the nation’s most populous state, California, as well as Montana and Idaho. That may have resulted in more deaths being linked to childbirth _ enough push up the 2003 rate, Hoyert said.

Some researchers point to the rising C-section rate, now 29 percent of all births _ far higher than what public health experts say is appropriate. Like other surgeries, Caesareans come with risks related to anesthesia, infections and blood clots.

“There’s an inherent risk to C-sections,” said Dr. Elliott Main, who co-chairs a panel reviewing obstetrics care in California. “As you do thousands and thousands of them, there’s going to be a price.”

Excessive bleeding is one of the leading causes of pregnancy-related death, and women with several previous C-sections are at especially high risk, according to a review of maternal deaths in New York. Blood vessel blockages and infections are among the other leading causes.

Experts also say obesity may be a factor. Heavier women are more prone to diabetes and other complications, and they may have excess tissue and larger babies that make a vaginal delivery more problematic. That can lead to more C-sections. “It becomes this sort of snowball effect,” said King, who is now medical director of maternal-fetal medicine at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.

The age of mothers could be a factor, too. More women are giving birth in their late 30s and 40s, when complications risks are greater.

Other characteristics of the maternal mortality rate include:

_Race: Studies have found that the maternal death rate in black women is at least three times greater than is it is for whites. Black women are more susceptible to complications like high blood pressure and are more likely to get inadequate prenatal care.

_Quality of care: Three different studies indicate at least 40 percent of maternal deaths could have been prevented.

Sometimes, there is no clear explanation for a woman’s death.

Valerie Scythes, a 35-year-old elementary schoolteacher, died in March at a hospital in New Jersey _ the state with the highest Caesarean section rate. She had had a C-section, as did another teacher at the same school who died after giving birth at the same hospital two weeks later.

However, Scythes died of a blocked blood vessel and the other woman died from bleeding, said John Baldante, a Philadelphia attorney investigating the death for Scythes’ family.

“I’m not sure there was any connection between the two deaths,” Baldante said.

Also mysterious was the death of Tim Davis’ 37-year-old wife, Elizabeth, who died a day after a vaginal delivery at a Danville, Va., hospital in September 2000.

She had a heart attack after a massive blood loss, Davis said. It’s not clearly known what caused the heavy bleeding. There was no autopsy, he said, a decision he now regrets.

Two previous births had gone well.

“Nothing led us to believe anything was wrong with this pregnancy. She was like a picture of health,” he continued, noting she had been a YMCA fitness instructor.

A lawsuit against the hospital ended in a settlement. Davis also sued the obstetrician, but a jury ruled in the doctor’s favor.

The child born that day, Ethan, starts second grade next week. “He’s a happy kid,” Davis said. “He’s just never had a mom.”

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On the Net:

National Center for Health Statistics 2004 deaths report:

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nvsr/nvsr55/nvsr55_19.pdf

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Hat-tip to BlackWomb (http://blackwomb.blogspot.com/ )  for this news article:

“Black Leaders Demand Apology for Editorial Cartoon”:

http://www.local6.com/news/13946794/detail.html#

I agree with BlackWomb.

Atonement.

As far as I’m concerned, America should have an annual “Day of Atonement to Black Americans” similar to the Jewish Yom Kippur:

http://www.jewfaq.com/holidays4.htm

http://www.ou.org/chagim/yomkippur/

An annual Day of Atonement for all the barbarities done to black humans ever since we were brought to this country against our will.

The day that America can truly atone for all the savage cruelties she has done to her black citizens will be a day when this country can truly live up to all the ideals of equality it has espoused.

But, that day will never come in my lifetime.

Maybe in the next 15,000 years.

But, not anytime soon.

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  3. Thanks for the articles, especially the article on how one person didn’t report to the police concerning the rape of a Somali in Minnesota. Had she been white or other nonblack, that person would have reported it right away. Have some compassion for women, especially Black women, don’t stand around and do nothing about it. This reminds me of a case 10 years ago involving a murder of Sherrice Iverson. That idiot saw what was happening in the bathroom stall and did absolutely nothing about it. When it comes to Black women and girls, these people have no compassion whatsoever. Not even coming to the rescue of those in danger.

    As for the P&G promotion, it’s about time that a corporation acknowledge the Black woman consumer since we’ve been ignored as consumers for so long.

    Black women and breast cancer:

    This is a fatal epidemic for us. I urge my Black sisters over eighteen years of age to get a yearly mammogram and to start eating nutritious foods, especially of the organic kind and load up on antioxidants and vitamins. Losing one Black woman to the disease is one too many.

    Hollywood and Black Historic Movies:

    Forget it! These white male owned movie companies and entertainment complexes are totally hostile to any Black historic, romantic, or serious films and TV series. Because they are not comfortable with anyone telling the truth to power. They are scared of the truth and alternative stories to the doctored version of American history. They prefer the myth of American history over the truth anytime. The same goes for the general public. They prefer lies to truth anytime.

    Yours truly,

    Stephanie B.

  4. stephanie b. pretty much said everything i feel. people who witness a rape & don’t say anything are as guilty as accomplices in my view.

  5. William

    I wonder what happened to Ibrahim, and if he was convicted.

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