When Evil Comes to Town

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In Cleveland, Texas, an 11  year old Hispanic girl was gang raped by at least 18 (and possibly 10 more) men and boys.  The initial report in the NYTimes blames the victim. There is no mention of race, only that the 11 year old girl was “asking for it”.

“…“I did not come here this evening to jump on an 11-year-old girl,” he insisted during remarks that questioned “why she didn’t report the attack to authorities herself.” The rally was packed with supporters of the accused men who “blamed the girl for the way she dressed or claimed she must have lied about her age.” A revolting article in the March 9th edition of the New York Times chronicled similar victim blaming by local residents who said the girl “dressed older than her age, wearing makeup and fashions more appropriate to a woman in her 20s.” And a defense attorney for several of the men told a Houston Chronicle reporter that the child was “seeking attention” and “wants to be a porn star.”

Then the New Black Panther Party leader, Quanell X arrived in Cleveland.  We soon discovered that the victim was an 11 year old porn star wanna be who happened to be Hispanic.

“…Photos of the sexual-assault suspects, who are all African-American, have popped up on Aryan Brotherhood websites…”

All of the innocent men who were victimized by her lies are black.  OR – that is how the far right media is telling it.

Left out is the following:

“...Quanell spoke before a standing-room only crowd in a community building he rented after a predominantly minority church withdrew an invitation for him to speak and law enforcement officials advised him to cancel the meeting because of “racial unrest between black and Hispanic groups.”

While calling for the black community to conduct a prayer vigil with Hispanic residents, he said Hispanics “have a right to be angry with black men who ravaged a young girl … but the first house you need to stop at is her Mama and Daddy’s house!” The audience cheered and hollered amen.

He said some of those arrested were guilty and should be punished but not all. “We do not want someone with a malicious racist motive to rid your community of an entire generation of black men,” Quanell said….”

It’s like this, The Pink Flamingo agrees with the comment that someone should check out the child’s parents.  I don’t think it’s wrong to ask what the heck they were doing, allowing a child to behave in such a way?

Parents have a responsibility to keep an eye on an 11 year old girl.  If she was allowed to dress like a “tramp”, what the heck was going on with them?

They leave out the following:

“...The sickening gang rape of an 11-year-old girl – which may have involved up to 28 boys and men – threatens to divide a U.S. community and flare racial tension in the region. As more shocking details emerge of the prolonged sexual assault in Cleveland, Texas, it has been revealed that all 18 suspects charged so far are African-American and the victim is Hispanic.

Police, prosecutors and defence attorneys have said more people may be linked to the assault, as the victim herself – who cannot be named because she is a minor – says that at least 20 people were involved. Other people viewed and distributed digital still images and digital footage of the attacks taking place – captured by some of the attackers on their mobile phones – which may lead to further charges.

But one black activist has claimed that the arrests show the African-American community is being targeted in the 8,000-strong town.

Quanell X, leader of the Black Panther movement in Houston – a mere 45 miles away – told ABC News: ‘Every adult male that had sex with this child should go to prison, I don’t care what the colour is.  ‘But I do not believe black males are the only ones that had contact with this young child. It appears to me there’s only been the selective prosecution of one community, which is African-American.’…”

If  you read News Real Blog and Jenn Q. Public’s article, you might just discover that she left out the above information, rather making Quanell X look like he was defending the alleged rapists.  He was not.

The Pink Flamingo is not quite sure which is the worst, the far left for allegedly defending the rapists or a far right “journalist” who has intentionally turned the story around to make it look like this is a right wing/left wing liberals hate rape victim story.

Local reporting:

“…But on the recorded broadcast Thursday, Gross asked Evans: “But what is going to be your defense for your clients for having sex with an 11-year-old girl? How many of them knew? … It was a small town … knew her to be in middle school. So there was no doubt about her age?”

To which Evans clearly answered, “Absolutely not. There was no doubt about her age.” He then went on to explain that some suspects are young and that he has not completed his investigation, and he admitted it will be “very difficult to come up with a defense.”

Supporters of the defendants, meanwhile, have contended the girl appeared much older than her years. Community activist Quanell X even went so far as to show reporters a scantily clad photo of her posted on Facebook.
Daphne Straughter, the grandmother of one the suspects who attended Quanell’s rally on Thursday, said, “You can’t tell she’s a girl. What are these boys supposed to do, ask for an ID?”

However, many others are outraged by Quanell or anyone else talking about the sixth-grader’s appearance as an excuse to blame the victim for the November gang rape that onlookers documented on video with their cell phones.
Texas law clearly states that ignorance of her age is no excuse and that an underage girl cannot legally give any consent….”

NYTimes blames the victim

NYTimes

“...In recent days, a picture of the young girl posing on a bed in a tank top and her underwear has appeared on an anonymous Facebook page with a derogatory heading. Under favorite quotations is written: “Kan i sukk yo dikk or give you head.” In a category called “About Cleveland” it reads: “im a hoe and I sleep with anybody and anything that has a DIKK.” The same photo was shown by a young girl to locals who attended a town hall meeting on Thursday.

“Typical of this type of thing, they are trying to make the girl a villain in this,” said Jones. “I don’t know the rationale except for maybe protecting your own. They are all being as protective as they can about their kids and trying to pass the blame on to the girl. They are blaming the police department for not doing a proper investigation. The parents are saying my kid is not guilty…It is a child and that is what is so amazing. A child that age is very vulnerable. Imagine how this will have an effect on her.”…”

The relatives of the alleged rapists are the ones blaming the victim, not Quanell X. Lisa Falkenberg of the Houston Chronicle wrote:

“…It doesn’t matter if she wore makeup. Or if she hung out with older boys at the playground, as some have claimed. Or if she bragged about sex on her Facebook page.

All that matters is that she is 11.

She couldn’t have consented, not even if she wanted to.

If the horrific descriptions in court documents are true, and this sixth-grade girl from Cleveland endured hours of lurid, brutal sex with a gang of at least 17 men and boys in a single-wide trailer and a nearby house, there is only one word for it: rape.

Yet, the gossip tongues of Liberty County continue to suggest otherwise. And so has an attorney for several of the defendants charged in the case.

The attorney, James D. Evans III, has claimed to Houston Chronicle reporter Cindy Horswell that the victim was “seeking attention” and “she wants to be a porn star.”

“This is not a case of a child who was enslaved or taken advantage of,” Evans was quoted saying in a story Sunday.

It is not uncommon for those accused of rape to try and insinuate their victims somehow led them on to commit an act of sexual violence. Her skirt was too short. She was flirtatious. She said no, but she meant yes….Before long, she was having sex with several men, who then called others to join in. After a relative of one of the suspects arrived home, the assault continued at an abandoned trailer as the alleged rapists took video and photographs on their cell phones. The images went viral in the community, and among the alleged rapists, there appeared to be two star Cleveland High School basketball players and a school board member’s son…”

Houston Chronicle

“…It continued: “As for residents’ references to the accused having to ‘live with this for the rest of their lives,’ those are views we found in our reporting. They are not our reporter’s reactions, but the reactions of disbelief by townspeople over the news of a mass assault on a defenseless 11-year-old.”…”

One wonders how such a story could become so convoluted.  Then again, when high school athletes are among those who are accused (cell phone photos of them included) then a community often goes into denial.

“…The arrests, which happened over a period of a few weeks, turned the town upside down. It turned out that five of the suspects were juveniles in middle and high school. Two of the suspects were on the Cleveland High School basketball team, including a rising star who went by the nickname Golden Child. Another one is the 21-year-old son of a local school-board member. Some of the others have rap sheets. One of the suspects was arrested along with a friend in January for robbing a grocery store with a gun and a tire tool. That same suspect is also believed to be responsible for a home break-in where a woman was shot in the arm. Another suspect was indicted in June of 2010 for manslaughter in the fatal shooting of his teenaged friend….”

No one wants to accuse such “good” hard, working jocks of doing anything wrong.  After all, high school and college athletes are always falsely accused and are never guilty of anything wrong.

From the Daily Beast:

“…The case became a national story on March 8, when The New York Times reported on it in a piece that instantly caused controversy because of what critics called its blame-the-victim tenor. The story said that residents of the town noted that the girl dressed “older than her age,” and wore makeup and fashions “more appropriate to a woman in her twenties.” Angry readers responded with force. In an article entitled “New York Times’ Rape-Friendly Reporting,” Mother Jones described the story as “a collection of one perpetrator-excusing, victim-blaming insult after another.”…”

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