Date: Tuesday, March 18, 2008
By: Tonyaa Weathersbee,

There’s no doubt in my mind that the four teenagers who are accused of gang-raping and sodomizing a Haitian immigrant in West Palm Beach, Florida for three hours straight last June and forcing her to perform oral sex with her 12-year-old son at gunpoint need help of the psychological kind.What they don’t need, however, is help in being sprung from the Palm Beach County Jail. Yet that’s exactly what the Rev. Al Sharpton is demanding for those defendants, who range in age from 14 to 18.

Last week, the good reverend showed up in West Palm Beach to denounce the denial of bail to the defendants, saying that they are being treated differently from five white teenage defendants from Boca Raton, Florida who are accused of raping two middle school girls after a night of hard drinking on New Year’s Eve, but who were granted bail.

Sharpton needs to choose his battles more wisely.

Before I go on, let me say that sexual assault is a serious crime, regardless of the circumstances under which the assault occurred. The Boca Raton youths who are accused of raping a 13-year-old and a 14-year-old girl after they had passed out from drinking vodka shots with them deserve to be held accountable for their crimes the same as the black youths who forcibly raped their victim in Dunbar Village, a housing project whose notoriety for criminal activity took on a macabre new resonance after that assault.But there’s a colossal difference here, and it has nothing to do with race.

The difference is that the Boca Raton teenagers who are accused of rape were hanging out with their victims. They all knew each other, and, according to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, there may have been some confusion as to whether one of the girls had actually asked to have sex with one of them.

The youths who are accused in the Dunbar Village rape weren’t hanging out with their victim.

They brought guns to their party.

According to the Sun-Sentinel, which quoted court and police documents, the youths lured their victim, who had spent a day delivering phone books, to the door by telling her that the tires on her truck were flat. When she stepped outside, she was confronted by three, gun-wielding men, who ordered her back into her apartment and demanded money.

That’s when the terrorization took off.

When the victim told them she had no money, they ripped off her clothes and took turns raping and sodomizing her. They forced her to perform oral sex on her 12-year-old son. Then they made her get into a tub filled with vinegar and water, and, afterward, seemed to get their jollies pouring any stinging, corrosive household product they could find on her -– like hydrogen peroxide, alcohol, nail polish remover and ammonia.

And they would have set her on fire if they had been able to find a lighter.

Now, let’s be real here.

Bail is usually granted based on the defendants’ risk to the public or whether they pose a flight risk. And it doesn’t take a genius to see that the Boca Raton teenagers who got drunk and had non-consensual sex with drunk, underage girls who they were hanging out with pose less of a danger to the public than the West Palm Beach teenagers who armed themselves with guns, staked out a stranger and committed every act that their perverted imaginations compelled them to do.

That’s why they need to stay locked up.

In any case, I hate that Sharpton, for whatever reason, allowed himself to be drawn into hairsplitting over this kind of heinousness. Most of all, I hate the message that this sends to black women.

Black women are 12 percent of the U.S. population, yet we make up 13 percent of all rape victims. And scores of black women are silent about rape because of the kind of thing that Sharpton did. They believe they won’t be listened to; that no one will care.

Sharpton bills himself as a spokesman for the voiceless. Too bad this time, he decided to lend his voice to the ones who needed it the least — and guarantee that more raped black women will continue to suffer in silence.

(Article courtesy of Black America Web:    )

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  1. Shame on Al! How can this man betray us? Al is not my friend.

    Stephanie B.

  2. Ann

    Don’t ya know by now, Stephanie?

    Black women DO NOT have ANY friends.

    …….except for the very few who do speak up for us. 🙂

  3. Kweinaqila

    There comes a time when a people must choose right over race. No matter what types of dysfunctional experiences these 4 black teens have experienced, there is NOTHING that can explain away the “sickness” that would even allow a young black man to delight in watching a mother perform oral sex on her son. That is the sickist of all sicknesses that I have ever heard of. If it were possible for Paul Dunbar to turn over in his grave, for the people that fought for the naming of that project to give some sense of pride to the people that would enevitable live there, for the Hatian mother to even conceive that the “devil” of her eternal torment, would be young black men, the like of which she gave birth in pain and fainting, through all of this there is absolutely no defense. They must certainly be kept away from society, lest they breed and all civilization be lost. I pray for their mothers and fathers. That what they shared was turned into such self hatred! Such sickness must be irradicated, healed, destroyed!

  4. To Ann,

    Of course!

    Stephanie B.

  5. Indikabelle

    Sak Pase? Greetings:

    Much respect for your courage in blogging/posting about this incident. You know, I just found out about it via NPR on the net (4/9/08). Fari Chedeya covered the outraged on the bloggersphere against Al Sharpton “standing up” for these kkkriminals (yes, there were black and bi-racial ku klux klans) and their hateful crimes against this poor Haitian immigrant woman and her son. The thing is that Genarlo Wilson had consensual sex with another teenager albeit who was a couple of years younger and of course White (which is probably why he was locked up) and this situation was totally different.
    These youngsters, rapists planned this. I blame it on anti-Haitian immigrant sentiments which have existed in these African American and non-Haitian black communities where most Haitians immigrants end up for decades. I remember these anti-Haitian (shun) sentiments in New York where they had Haitian raid days on certain school days. We couldn’t get on the bus hang out in the neighborhood or block. And apparently it was just as bad in Miami and continues to be. It was awful and so I left as soon as I could after High School. Still, I continued to encounter the prevalent anti-haitian dogma around various states even in California and when I went to Europe and Africa. This phenomena is akin to the anti-Tutsi problem it began in slavery. When Haitian slaves rose up and fought back white oppression and won the white world went on a campaign to brand us as savages who don’t deserve to breathe. Meanwhile they raped and maimed and committed all kinds of atrocities against the indigenous people (Tainos and Arawaks) as well as the Africans and their descendants. The average life span of an African slave was 7 years from the time they got off the ship. Now, these slaves were forced to work 18 hour days and produced only for the benefit of the European colonials. And of course let’s not forget the US occupation that lasted from 1915-1939 and how it destroyed our infrastructure, our people and buried our self determination.
    The fact is that we are blamed for HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and after 9/11/01 when the banner of Americanism was raised the folks on the bottom least close to the red white and blue and the 50 (51) stars were bound to get axed. I remember the resentment and the constant abused and physical threats and verbal put down outside in Miami and throughout South Florida. I was routinely leered at threateningly by African American, Haitian and Brown Hispanic men. My children were threatened and shots were fired against us. Our apartment was broken into. We were so harassed, I became affraid and left (thank goodness because I felt that our lives was at risk).
    This rape occurred in the context of anti-Haitian campaign, crumbling of human rights in Florida and especially in South Florida. Remember the Haitian vote in West Palm Beach and Dade County were the disenfranchised ones that led to the supreme court appointing and selecting GW for president. Even the white minority democrats don’t like the Haitians-they’re too poor, too black and irrelevant. They are routinely abused and discriminated against in all facets of life.
    My concern was that Al Sharpton had the nerve to try and link this to some kind of anti-black problem because these kkkriminals who have probably done this in some way before to some other Haitian or Haitians are being charged as rapists. How dare he?! They should be locked up for life and never let out. I have no sympathy for them. I remember these kkkriminals in South Florida, they are like the KKKlan no heart and they are not redeemable at all! These are the worse Hutus and the Haitians are Tutsies. The shit was hyped up by the anti-Haitian brigade on the radio and tv through the media. And Sharpton and Jackson and all the other misleaders who are self appointed never came to West Palm Beach to protest the theft of the 2k selections or to investigate the conditions that allowed this to happen in the first place.
    I am glad that this case got news coverage but I am sure that it is not the only such case nor is it the last. All black women should take heed and watch out. And Haitians should start to organize against these attacks from even within their own communities. Oh, yeah, where’s all the Haitian radicals on this-silent, too scared to lose the crumbs that the African Americans and their friends throw out to them on occasions.

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