Pizza Diavola suggests a letter writing campaign, and I agree.
I recently heard about the NAACP’s involvement with the Dunbar Village rapists’ case. Seeing as how the NAACP’s mission statement is to “Ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate racial hatred and racial discrimination,” I thought for certain that the NAACP was standing up for the victims in the case, who suffered rape, assault, disfigurement, and grievous bodily and mental harm. Advocating for them, providing legal counsel, pressing law enforcement agencies to do their utmost to find the six rapists currently not in custody, and ensuring that the cases of this black woman and her son would not be lost. That injustice would not prevail again in the case of a population that has consistently been disregarded, silenced, and abused.Here's the story, in short form. There are two major rape cases going in Boca right now, involving underage defendants. One set of defendants is white, the other is black, and the white kids are out on bail, while the black ones are not. Seems pretty clear cut, if that's all you know, and not at all surprising considering that it's Boca Raton.
I was horrified to find out that instead, the NAACP is standing up for the rapists. This is completely unconscionable, particularly given the DNA evidence and confessions, and the magnitude and monstrosity of the rapists’ crimes. By standing up for the rapists, you’re telling every woman of color in this country that we do not matter. Our suffering does not matter. When we’re raped, assaulted, abused, and victimized, even a group supposedly committed to fighting racism and injustice will not be our allies. Instead, you will ignore women and ignore children, because in your eyes, we don’t matter.
But the devil, as they say, is in the details.
Let me begin by saying that I think a fair outcome in this situation would be if neither set were allowed out on bail. The white suspects are accused of getting a 13 and a 14 year old drunk on vodka and then gang-raping them. They're charged with sexual battery on a helpless person, and could face 30 years in jail if convicted.
But the Dunbar Village rape case is one of the most sordid I've ever heard of. From the Palm Beach Post:
In the Dunbar Village case, four teens are charged with armed sexual battery for the June crime where they allegedly forced the woman at gunpoint to have sex multiple times, including with her son. Police say the teens then used cleaning agents on the victims afterwards in an attempt to cover their crimes, including stuffing a bar of soap inside the woman. They face possible life in prison.No way these people should be out on bail. Sorry, Al. It's one thing to argue that these two cases show discrimination against blacks--they do, I think--but it's another entirely to argue that because the judge in one case made a bad call, that another atrocity should be allowed to happen.
Al Sharpton and the NAACP both do good work most of the time, but in this case, they're off base, way off base. Point out the discrimination, and argue that the white kids need to be in jail as well, but by saying the black ones need to be out, you're saying that the victim in the Dunbar Village case--a black woman--is less important than the people accused of attacking her so brutally, and there's no justification for that.