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In typical GLP fashion I’m going to beat this horse into the ground.
A lawyer for several of the young men accused of gang raping an 11 year-old girl in Cleveland, Texas said in a radio interview that the young men were aware of the girl’s age. This is a curious admission from a defense lawyer.
I have yet to come across a feminist blog or a leftist leaning online magazine chastise New Black Panther Party leader Quanell X for his victim blaming – the latest incantation of which involves X showing the 11 year-old’s Facebook pictures to a group of Cleveland, Texas citizens. At this point I must reiterate my position on this case. I don’t know the details of the case, but whatever the circumstances are, I think there is something wrong in a little girl’s life if she is willing to have sex with such a large group of men. But as usual, the word “rape” and the terms “gang rape” have lost all meaning in this post-feminist age. That being said, feminists are holding on to hyperbolic definitions of rape. And I’m arguing within their frame. Their hypocrisy is that they are willing to jump down the throat of a New York Times reporter who merely reported what he was told, but they won’t confront the fact that the black community incubates a culture of victim-blaming and misogyny – most recently exemplified by Quanell X. So if you want to explore victim blaming in this case, you have to consider how race is involved. No feminists have had the guts to take that angle.
Unfortunately, one feminist blogger considered the involvement of race, but she seems convinced that it is ultimately white patriarchy that is at fault. A girl named Susan blogging at Hay Ladies! writes:
White feminists have to talk about race. Yes, rape is rape, and yes, victim-blaming is victim-blaming. But if we as white feminists pretend like violence against women isn’t colored, if we condemn this group of black male attackers without interrogating the social and systemic structures that produced this violent incident and will inform the attacker’s prosecution, we will fail to form and sustain alliances with people of color and groups that work for racial equality. As Quanell X, a member of Houston’s New Black Panther Party and local activist pointed out, “Every adult male that had sex with this child should go to prison, I don’t care what the color is. But I do not believe black males are the only ones that had contact with this young child.” I would agree. If we only condemn black male attackers, we allow violence against women to persist and we also fail to address the actual root cause of violence against women: a system of power that is both patriarchal AND white supremacist.
So someone besides the black male attackers are at fault for what all feminists agree is a heinous crime. This sounds, to me, like a case of tacit rape apology in and of itself. This young girl was raped by society. Exonerate the black men who are only tools of the patriarchy.