November 3, 2007

We are inconsistent

Hate crimes charges urged for six accused in torture case -

Hundreds of people gathered at West Virginia's Capitol on Saturday to urge prosecutors to add hate crime charges against six white people charged in the beating, torture and sexual assault of a 20-year-old black woman, Megan Williams.

Representatives from different black groups were on hand, including from Black Lawyers for Justice and Zayid Muhammad, the national minister of culture for the New Black Panther Party.

I certainly believe that the Williams case is a horrific one and that it is worthy of our attention and outrage. But I cannot help but point out the fact these same black organizations are turning a blind eye to the Dunbar Village case. Black America as seen through the actions of its social organizations, seems to be saying its okay for a black woman to be viciously raped by black men, but if white people do it, now we have to march. The lack of response to the Dunbar Village incident and others like it undercuts the moral authority of our community voice when we press for action in a case like Megan Williams, but cannot seem to spare the same organized outrage for crimes committed by blacks against other blacks.