Last month, June 18, 2008, marks the first year anniversary of the horrific Dunbar Village rape/sodomy assault against a young Haitian mother and her son. I posted an essay on this incident:
Now, once again, there is another (in a monotonous unending string of hateful assaults against black women) in the news:
Woman sexually assaulted for hours
Wednesday, June 25, 2008 | 6:41 PM
PHILADELPHIA – June 25, 2008 (WPVI) — Philadelphia police removed crime scene evidence from the first floor apartment in the converted rowhouse in the 2700 block of Allegheny Avenue.
Philadelphia police removed crime scene evidence from the first floor apartment in the converted rowhouse in the 2700 block of West Allegheny Avenue. It’s where a 20 year old woman who lives alone was raped overnight and robbed. She told police she entered the building around 1 a.m. After noticing the front door was not locked as it usually was..
Lt. Tom McDevitt told what happened.
“She walked into the common hallway. There was a man in the hallway that appeared to be leaving. As they passed each other, he put his hand over her mouth and forced her into her apartment. He demanded money. She didn’t have any. Then came another knock at the door and two more men came in. She’s tied up, clothing removed, and sexually assaulted.”
The next door neighbor says she saw the victim enter the building and immediately heard screaming..
Benite Sangare told Action News, “She got in the hallway, slammed her door shut and screamed. I didn’t pay any attention to it. I thought she fell over something, and that was it. I went to bed.”
Police say the trio of thugs wore green and white golf gloves. They stayed in the apartment a total of 4 hours before stealing money and fleeing. One of the intruders was referred to as “Gary”. The victim eventually walked a mile to the 39th police district to report the attack. A number of neighbors reported hearing her screams, but no one thought to call the cops..
“I heard her scream ‘Oh my goodness, oh my goodness, oh my God.’ Then I didn’t pay attention and laid back down,” said Sangare.
Just 24 hours earlier, 4 blocks away on 26th Street, a 48 year old woman was sexually assaulted in her bed by a man who stabbed her in the neck. She remains hospitalized, but police do not believe the attacks involved the same intruder.
“Based on the two incidents,” said McDevitt, “we do not think they are related.”
The attacked happened in her apartment building on the 2700 block of West Allegheny.
She tells police that around 1 a.m. she was walking into her apartment when she was met in the hallway by an unknown man who had forced his way into her apartment. She reported that he raped her, then called up two friends to come over, according to police.
The 3 stole numerous things from the apartment and then fled.
Police are looking for a black male around 5′ 6″ tall with medium complexion and a thin build. Another suspect is described as a black man with a black and red sweater, and who was wearing blue jeans. The third suspect is a heavyset black man with white sneakers.
The woman was hospitalized after the incident and is being interviewed by police.
Just 24 hours earlier, police tell Action news, a similar crime was reported along the 2900 block of N. 26th Street, which is just a few blocks away from Wednesday morning’s crime.
Police say a man broke into the home of a 48-year-old woman and tried to rape her. She fought him off after the attacker cut her in the neck. She also was hurt on her hands and arms while she defended herself against the attacker, according to police. She is also hospitalized in stable condition.
Police tell Action News the two attacks are not related.
(Copyright ©2008 WPVI-TV/DT. All Rights Reserved.)
It is beyond obvious that the lives of black women are cheap in America. That the black community gives very little of a damn about black women as the above story emphasizes is too heart-breaking.
That a black woman could say the following:
“Benite Sangare told Action News, “She got in the hallway, slammed her door shut and screamed. I didn’t pay any attention to it. I thought she fell over something, and that was it. I went to bed.”
That this black woman, and the other neighbors, could be so dead on the inside is disgusting. What the hell. Whatever happened to looking out for another human being whose screams and cries of help go unnoticed? Whose pleas for protection are ignored so much that a so-called human can roll over and go back to sleep saying that maybe the woman feel and screamed, so what the hell, don’t think anymore of it?
Black women in America, wake up!
The so-called black community gives not a damn about us. If we were so-called “endangered” then we would be on every damn body’s playlist of concerns. Black women are not valued in the greater mainstream of America, and we are not valued in the so-called black community.
Black women need to learn to protect themselves from any vicious assault that can and will be visited upon us.
Here are just a few ways we can defend ourselves:
The AK47, a commonly-used assault rifle designed by Mikhail Kalashnikov
Types of Chinese Type 56 assault weapons.
Various types of shotguns laid out for perusal.
A view of the break-action of a typical double-barrelled shotgun, shown with the action open.
A Browning 9mmx19 HiPower, aka GP (Grand Puissance) 35 handgun.
A disassembled Taurus Millennium Series PT145 pistol.
A compact semi-automatic Smith & Wesson .45 ACP Chief’s Special – Model CS45.
A Walther P99x19mm semi-automatic pistol.
These are just a few types of weapons black women can obtain to defend themselves. With last month’s ruling by SCOTUS on the right to bear arms, black women can and should buy arms for self-defense.
But, it is not enough to buy these weapons, ladies.
You must learn how to shoot them by taking gun lessons at a reputable target/shooting range in the city/town you live in. Want to know where to practice target shooting? Find a safety course or learn how to get started in shooting? Here is a link I found to help you ladies get started. It is one of many websites you can find on the internet to learn how to protect yourselves against those who seek your destruction:
When looking for a reputable shooting range, check if it has a “Star Rated Range” and if it is acknowledged by the NASR. In your search you may find ranges identified with up to five stars. This is a rating system developed by the National Association of Shooting Ranges (NASR) that distinguishes these ranges as the best at providing quality-level recreational experiences.
When obtaining a weapon, get the one that maximizes your protection. Obviously, some weapons may be too unwieldy to use in some circumstances: a shotgun or assault weapon can be very unmaneuvarable in your home, therefore a handgun would be more easily handled.
Keep in mind ladies that depending on which state you live in, you do have protection via the “Castle Doctrine Laws” that may govern the state you reside in:
No longer do citizens have to exercise “retreat’ within their homes. It is your home, your property…….your life that shall be protected, and you owe no damn obligation whatsoever to back away from some murderer, rapist, or armed robber who has the audacity to attempt to take your life because society has given them the carte blanc impetus to wreak a wanton attack upon you because you are a black woman.
Ladies if you will buy firearms keep in mind the important following points:
-Learn the type of weapon that is for you. Some weapons have tremendous firepower and can have quite a kick/recoil to them. Do not buy a gun that is too much for you to handle if it is too big, has too many procedures to go through to use it, or can take you off balance when you fire it.
-Learn how to break down and clean a weapon. . . .and put it back together. If you do not care for your weapon properly, how can you expect it to take care of you when you need it?
-NEVER cock a gun if you are not prepared to use it then and there. Cocking a gun when what it was meant for is not put to use can cause a gun to jam, and when you need it the most, that is when you are at the mercy of your attacker.
-Obtain a permit to own a firearm. Be aware of where and how you store your weapon. Depending upon state laws, you cannot have a firearm on your person within 1,000 feet of a school, church, bank, or place that serves/sells liquor.
-Keep the safety on. It is there for a reason.
-Practice, practice, practice. Learn your guns. It is not enough to have them lying around and not know how to use them as second nature.
-Keep you weapons safely stored and secured. Never, ever leave them where anyone can get to them—-child or adult. Never sleep with a loaded weapon under your pillow.
-IF you do decide to obtain a weapon, do not be afraid to use it. If you cannot abide the idea of pointing and firing a weapon at someone to put them down, then do not obtain a firearm. Fear to use it may enable the criminal to take it away from you and use it on you.
Here are other forms of defense you can invest in:
Dogs, most notably working breeds.
They are called working breeds because they have been bred to be called upon to perform many tasks of working for humans through the centuries. Your best bets are the following:
German Shepherd (aka as the Alsatian).
Ovbiously, these are just a few types of breeds which come to mind. They are all known for their loyalty, affection and protection. One must keep in mind that where you live will affect the type of dog breed you can get for protection. If you live in an apartment, of course these vey large breeds of dogs are ruled out. Many apartment complexes have a weight limit on what type of dog breed a renter can keep (I think 20-25lbs. is the weight limit. Check with the apartment complex owners.)
If you live in an apartment complex and cannot keep a large breed of dog, look into the Terrier group.
Yep, that’s right.
Size is not always what matters. Terriers are known for their feistiness and can deliver a nasty bite when their owner is under attack. Some types of terriers:
Parsons Jack Russell Terrier
West Highland White Terrier
Yes, little dogs can be yappy, but, they can bark and alert you to danger.
Just having a dog is not enough. It must be trained properly to not only protect you, but, to follow your commands. Having a big (or little) aggressive out-of-control dog helps no one. Get proper training for your dog and you will have a loving companion who looks out for you. Get obedience training for your dog. They must learn the most basic of commands: Sit. Come. Stay. Down.
Once they have learned the basic commands, then you as their owner may proceed with guard training. But, mostly you may not need the services of so-called “guard dog trainers”. Many dogs automatically protect their owners as this is due to the domestic dogs allegiance to the alpha leader in its life—-its human owner, its leader of the pack.
How many of you black ladies have taken up, inquired about, or looked into martial arts training for self-defense? It is worth a try. It can range from the most basic to the most advanced training. Martial arts training encompasses the following:
- Punching – Boxing (Western), Wing Chun
- Kicking – Capoeira (yep, that Capoeria created by enslaved black people in Brazil), Savate, Taekwondo
- Other strikes (e.g. Elbows, knees, open-hand) – Muay Thai, Karate, Shaolin Kung Fu
- Throwing – Glima, Judo, Jujutsu, Sambo, Shuai jiao
- Joint lock – Aikido, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Hapkido
- Pinning Techniques – Judo, Wrestling
- Traditional Weaponry – Fencing, Gatka, Kendo, Silambam
- Modern Weaponry – Eskrima, Jogo do Pau, Jukendo
Check local schools of reputable instructors. Check them with the Better Business Bureau as well, to see if they have bad marks against them.
How many of you ladies know how to take care of yourselves if you are driving alone in the night? How many of you ladies know how to take care of a flat tire?, Change it? Change your oil? Check into classes that teach you how to take care of your vehicles.
How many of you ladies know survival training? How to contruct a solar water still? Make polluted water potable? Make a Dakota Firehole? Catch birds in a net? Start a fire with a bow and drill? Adminster the Heimlich Maneuver on someone? On yourself? Yes, these may not be survival mechanisms to many of you, but, you never know when you may need such skills. I own the U.S. Army Survival Manual, FM 21-76, and I recommend it:
There are other manuals out there on the market. Please invest in buying some of them. Never underestimate the knowledge and use of survivor skills.
Invest in a good alarm system…..and use it. There are many companies out there you can investigate that will serve your needs.
Finally, ladies, please surround yourself with people who have your best interests and safety in mind. Seek out people who have a postive outlook on life. Allow into your life those who care about the sanctity and worth of black women and girls. Those people may be a neighbor in your apartment complex or a neighbor down the street on which you live. Cultivate relationships that uplift and edify the value of black women and girls. Learn escape routes in your neighborhood. Allow nothing in your life that seeks your destruction—whether it be a co-worker, fellow church goer, or even a relative.
Organize a collective of like-minded, willing women who as a group, will look into legal and effective means for black women to protect themselves from sadistic predators in their neighborhoods. Check with local law enforcement agencies and your municipalities to make sure that you are within the bounds of the law to lawfully protect yourself against harm if you desire to form a neighborhood watch group that does more than just watch the neighborhood. Do not border on vigilantism. Stay within the law. You do have the right to protect the community you live in.
Black women and girls open season was declared on us centuries ago, and there is no let-up in sight. If anything, the beat-down on us is escalating. Accept the painful fact that not all black men are your brothers. Not all black men care about you as a human being (and neither for that matter do all men of other races.) Yes, many black men do care about black women and girls, but, those who do not should not be allowed with a million miles of you and your precious children. Allow into your life only those men who love, honor, respect, cherish and adore you and your children—no matter what race that man comes in: Black, White, Brown, Red or Yellow.
The annihilation of black women is not new. It has been going on for centuries, for generations. Many in this country have been taught, carefully taught to villify, tear to pieces, slander, mock, curse, and hate black women. The weak of the world always hate and fear those who have always been stronger than them. Those who have had to be strong to survive all the sick, depraved perversions that can be thrown at any one group of women. The devaluation of black women and girls is normal and accepted in this country, but, that does not mean that black women cannot and should not protect themselves from the forces of evil in this world.
Take to task your so-called elected officials. Call, write, e-mail and or visit in person these people who represent you. Drill into their brains that they should lobby for stronger laws to protect you from the criminals who seek to harm you. KNOW THE LAW. Ignorance of the law is not an option. Go online and research how the laws affect you concerning felonies committed against civilians.
Black women, we are our own rocks, our own refuges. We must stop the deadly silence of turning away from each other in our hours of need. WE must combat the domestic abuse and battery, the rapes of women and girls in our communities. The rest of the world has turned its back on us. No more of the don’t give a damn behaviour that the people in the Dunbar Village and recent news article had to suffer through.
Black women you only have one life to live in this world. Protect it from those that seek to destroy it. This country hates the existence of black women which is why it seeks our destruction. This country devalues black women because this nation has a long history of atrocities and perversions committed against black women and girls.
Let all comers know that you will not go down without a fight, and that if you must go down, you will take all those with you who go out of their way to harm or take your life.
We need to improve our self-defense, raise our self-worth, elevate our self-image. We black women must look out for each other! The wolf is at the door, and has been for centuries. It has barred its fangs and has torn into us for far too long. And this wolf comes not for the black woman over on the other side of town only, not for the black girl down the road only, not for the black woman who lives upstairs in the apartment complex only.
The wolf of misogyny, callous disregard and black woman-hatred comes for us all. None of us are safe and to think that the wolf will not come for us is sheer folly and denial.
Black women must stand up, protect, defend, speak up for, and look out for all black women.
No one else will do it for us. . . .
. . . .but us.