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War Between the Genders: Dunbar Village

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In a grassroots struggle there comes a victory that soon becomes a clarion for those who have become weary and when it is uttered the warriors gird themselves and continue to fight on, in remembrance of that one victory that seemed somewhat elusive during the throes of battle.

The rallying cry for this year is Dunbar Village.

I vaguely remember hearing about Dunbar Village last summer on NPR’s News and Notes.  I was aghast but to me it seemed like an open and shut case when they finally caught the young men.

But it is never an easy case when someone wants to throw out the race card.

The case is so unspeakable it pains me to retell it here, but in a brief synopsis a 35 year old woman and her 12 year old son was terrorized in her home by 10 masked men.  For one night they beat her, raped and sodomized her and, as if it couldn’t get any worse, at gun point made her perform fellatio on her own son.  To cover up the act the young men (ages 14-18) threw cleaning agents on the woman

They were able find a couple of the young men and DNA linked them to the crime.  That should be it, case solved.  But no.  In early March, Al Sharpton and a crew of protesters stood outside the State Attorney’s office complaining that the punishment was too harsh and that the young men should be free on bond, similar to another case in Florida where a couple of young men from Boca Raton helped to intoxicate two young women and once inebriated raped them.

“To have different reactions to the same set of circumstances is a crime in itself,” Sharpton said.

The protesters believed the only reason the men in the Dunbar Village were still in jail was because they were black and the men in Boca Raton were white.  They wanted the black men back out on the streets.

For the last several weeks, what has started out as a slow Internet buzz has created a war.   So much so that on his radio show Al Sharpton clarified his position by saying he didn’t want bail for the alleged assailants and the West Palm Beach NAACP released a statement denouncing the crime and refraining from asking for the young men’s freedom.

The Palm Beach Post has also noted that a group of 30 black female bloggers is keeping this heinous case in the news.

In the meantime the women blog on and have issued their own statement for what they want to see happen to the case.  It has been posted on 30 different blogs for women who want change.

So what happened?  Al Sharpton and the NAACP are both staid fixtures of the civil rights movement.  But both of them are about as current as Sharpton’s ‘do.  The knee-jerk reaction has always been when in doubt, support the black male even when (or some would say especially when), as in this case, the victim happens to be a black female.  Before discovering whether release in this case would be the best thing for the alleged perpetrators and the community, it was quickly decided that the punishment didn’t fit the crime or couldn’t fit the crime because someone who had done something vaguely similar wasn’t in jail, too.  We are so used to believing that black males are victims of an unfair justice system that we erroneously side with the criminals instead of the victims.  Too often the victims are the weakest in our community: black women and children.

For those too lazy to click the link here is the open letter about Dunbar Village.  Please join your voice to those who have been silenced in our community for far too long.  To keep abreast of the latest information on Dunbar Village, click on one of the links below.

Open Letter 3/28/2008 Update: A New Underground Railroad is Born

Subject: The Dunbar Village Atrocity

Synopsis:

In the past week, a rapidly-moving viral email campaign was launched, and thousands of concerned black citizens spread the word about a shocking crime against a Black woman and her 12 year old son, in which crimes against nature were committed. (read more details of the crime here)

This email, entitled “Stop Al Sharpton and the NAACP from endangering Black Women,”described a stunning betrayal in which the NAACP and Al Sharpton held a press conference and demanded bail consideration for three suspects in custody for the crime. (source1) (source2)

Concerned Black citizens all around the country were outraged by the actions of the NAACP and Al Sharpton, and many vowed to withdraw volunteering and financial support from these agencies “until they make the safety of Black women and children a priority.”

On March 24, 2008 an NAACP memo that attempted to defend this betrayalwas sent to Beverly Neal, who is the Director of the NAACP’s Florida State Conference. The memo claims that the NAACP was brought into this fray by Rev. Al Sharpton. Moreover, the memo was written by Maude Ford Lee, who is President of the West Palm Beach Branch of the NAACP. (read the memo here)

On March 27,2008, activist Al Sharpton went on the air to clarify his position on the treatment of the Dunbar Village Suspects. He invited writer Tonyaa Weathersbeeand blogger Arlene Fentonto his show, to discuss the matter. Rev. Sharpton claimed that he never said that the Dunbar Village suspects were being treated unfairly, and that he did not want bail for the suspects in question.

Ms Weathersbee and Ms Fenton said that their research indicated otherwise, as indicated by video footage, eyewitness accounts, and the reporting from the Florida Sun Sentinel and the Palm Beach Post.

At the end of the radio show, Al Sharpton strongly condemned any activity that would promote bail consideration for the suspects in question. Rev. Sharpton admitted that “if the suspects were white, he would have been there sooner.”He stated that this is a problem with many black civil rights organizations. He apologized and vowed to uphold his prior promise to advocate for the residents of Dunbar Village. He also challenged all activists, bloggers, and writers to be accountable to each other.

To date, the NAACP has not made an official statement denouncing the Dunbar Village Atrocity, nor have they officially expressed regret to the victim. The NAACP also has not officially retracted their statement requesting bail consideration for the alleged rapists/torturers. To our understanding, neither agency has contributed to the Victim’s Assistance Fund or created a reward program geared toward the apprehension of the remaining rapists/torturers.

Conclusion

WE ARE SATISFIED with Al Sharpton’s qualifying statements that he made on his radio show on 3/27/2008. We will watch to see if he fulfills his promise to advocate for the residents of Dunbar Village, and we are willing to assist any effort that promotes safer black neighborhoods in West Palm Beach, FL.

WE ARE NOT CONTENT with the reckless, irresponsible actions of the NAACP (West Palm Beach chapter). We continue to urge all black people, women especially, to refrain from volunteering or giving financially to this organization until they take our safety seriously.

WHAT WE WANT

We want law enforcement to make a concerted, sustained effort to apprehend the remaining suspects. We want to see a genuine reward system in place to encourage members of the community to come forward with the knowledge of the whereabouts of the remaining suspects.

We want the NAACP (West Palm Beach chapter) to reverse their position that the alleged rapists/torturers of this case should be considered for bail.

We want both the NAACP and the National Action Network to cease downgrading the gang rape/torture/atrocity of the Dunbar Village by comparing it to an unrelated gang rape, in which guns, maiming, and forced incest were not involved.

We want to see genuine victim advocacy in the form of financial support for the relocation, medical expenses, and mental therapy for the true victims in this case.

The Dunbar Village Victim Assistance Fund

Individuals who would like to donate money to the victims can go to any Wachovia Bank and donate to the St. Ann’s Victim’s Assistance Fund. Donations will go directly to the mother and her son.

St. Ann’s Catholic Church will also accept donations. Checks can be made payable to the “Dunbar Village Victim Assistance Fund – St. Ann’s”.

Donations can be mailed to: St. Ann’s Catholic Church, 310 N. Olive Avenue, West Palm Beach, FL 33401

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Written by rentec

3 April, 2008 at 12:17 am

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