Saturday, October 31, 2009

A Tale of Two Rape-Tortures...

What an odd juxtaposition of events.

Ironically enough, on the very same week that Megan Williams (pictured above, left), the black West Virginia woman who was the center of a media sensation trial in 2007, one that resulted in seven alleged attackers all being convicted and sent to prison for kidnapping, rape and torture, recanted her story, now claiming she made up the kidnapping, torture story because she was mad at a boyfriend who’d beat her, four arrests were made in a savage gang rape (unlawful imprisonment and rape-torture) at Richmond High School, right outside San Francisco.

In the case of Megan Williams recanting her story, the Associated Press reported, “An attorney for a black woman who claimed torture by a white group in West Virginia says his client fabricated the story to get back at a boyfriend who had beaten her up.

“Megan Williams' attorney, Byron Potts, said at a news conference Wednesday that Williams came forward because she no longer wants to live a lie. Potts encouraged West Virginia authorities to re-evaluate the case.

“Williams told authorities in 2007 that she had been beaten, raped, forced to eat animal feces and taunted with racial slurs for days. She now lives in Columbus.”

As for the Richmond gang rape, the AP reported, Four teens could appear in court as early as Thursday after being charged in the alleged gang rape of a 15-year-old girl outside her high school homecoming dance in Northern California.

“The four — ages 15, 16, 17 and 19 — were charged Wednesday with rape and enhancements that they acted in concert, which could make them eligible for life in prison."

Something's very DIFFERENT in the coverage of those two cases...hmmmm, what could it possibly be?

Can you see the difference?

In the first story, about a black victim who is recanting her accusations, the race of BOTH the alleged “victim”/false accuser AND her alleged attackers is made known (as were BOTH races mentioned in all the original reports back in 2007) the second, in which a white 15 y/o girl was raped and tortured (“Besides rape, the 19-year-old, Manuel Ortega (pictured above, right) of Richmond, was charged with robbery and assault causing great bodily injury...The other three face one count each of felony rape with a foreign object...” – that’s “TORTURE”) NEITHER the race of the victim OR the alleged attackers was made known.

You know, if it weren’t for the very passionate protestations from the press claiming that “we’re always careful in protecting the identities of both victims and suspects in such highly sensitive incidents,” you might easily get the idea that maybe there’s some deliberate policy with America’s news media that allows black victims of white attackers to be treated different/BETTER than white victims attacked by racial minorities.

Of course, I’m sure anyone in the news media would quickly assert how silly such an assumption would be...right?

Moreover, in that second case, “Police believe as many as 10 people ranging in age from 15 to mid-20s attacked the girl for more than two hours in a dimly lit area. As many as two dozen people witnessed the rape without notifying police.” Apparently a white teenaged victim merits about as much sympathy in “the hood” as she’s likely to get in, say, your average American newsroom.

Something I saw, this same week on Lawrence Auster’s GREAT blog, A View From the Right ( really puts some of this into a clearer perspective. Perhaps nothing I’ve read recently hast better put into perspective the sense of the innately pernicious nature of modern liberalism than THIS, from one of Lawrence Auster’s readers, Kevin V., who wrote;

“As I've told you, as a young man I was a very earnest left-winger. I attended Cal and was active in left wing politics as an undergrad, primary with the Socialist Worker's Party and, later, with Michael Harrington's Democratic Socialists of America. For most of this time I lived in the city of Albany, California, which, if you look at a map of the East Bay on Google you'll find nestled between Berkeley and Richmond, with San Pablo Avenue being a main thoroughfare through all three cities.

“My life - education, work, socializing, leisure, political activity, going out to eat, everything - was centered around this part of Contra Costa County for six long years. Years that are, by far, the absolute worst years of my life. It was during this painful period that I experienced two life-changing realizations.

“First, the earlier, was that the type of society that my ideals produced was not one I wished to live in. Simply put, liberalism didn't work. Interpersonal relations were coarse, the culture low, the work atmosphere almost unbearable, the racial tension was hateful, government at all levels simply did not function properly, public transport was a dangerous shambles, and everywhere the result of this failed state of affairs was the de facto rule of the tough guy, the thug.

“That was hard enough to go through - the loss of one's ideals is no easy to take even if necessary - but it was the second realization that was the most painful of all. After spending a certain amount of time in Richmond and Berkeley I realized that it wasn't simply that liberalism is wrong-headed and does not work, but that it is actively evil. Interpersonal relations are coarse because liberals actively hate real people and are endlessly self-absorbed. The culture is low because the culture is evil, it actively works to debase, to debauch, to tear down anything having anything to do with beauty or truth, because it is a standing rebuke. The work atmosphere was unbearable because each person was concerned about his rights to an obsessive degree, with every simple request becoming an assault on a liberal's personhood and individual sovereignty.

“And, worse, that racial tension was high not just because of liberalism but because blacks and Latinos actively despise white people, they hate us, with a burning passion.

“And at the heart of this evil was the rancid city of Richmond, whose streets I had to pass through every night on the way home from work. Every night, the same whooping mob cheering on a 25-on-1 assault in a convenience store parking lot, the push-and-shove match between competing tribes of top dogs outside the bars and nightclubs, the barely understandable swear-word filled tirades of crying, out-of-control black women, the same beat-up squad cars responding to the same places dealing with the same people over and over and over again, night after night. The bars on the windows, the razor wire along business rooftops, the trash strewn about, the mocking laughter of packs of young men--always in packs.

“So, no, I'm not surprised. And I say this by way of explaining my initial reaction to the story: Any white parent who would send their daughter to school in such a place is beyond mere idiocy, beyond mere lunacy, beyond mere misjudgment. Such a person is an ideologue who is deliberately exposing their child to danger in the name of their ideology, because to do otherwise, to recognize the evil in the air there would bring their entire world view down around them.

“And I was once one of them, though, thankfully, not when I had children.”


Yes, that last bit might sound a little like blaming the victim, but it’s really blaming utopianist and irresponsible parenting, by (probably) well-meaning, but hopelessly na├»ve parents...THAT and all of ours failure to come to grips with the 800 pound gorilla in the room – non-white ethnic bigotry.

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