I really appreciate Star Jones speaking about rape culture with regards to an 13 year old child who was solicited for sex by his teacher.
Star: How does a 13 year old child a child consent to go with a grown woman to have sex?
Lawyer: I resent the term child. This kid is a latino, latino machismo, he’s manly. Is there anyone who has a higher sex drive than a teenage boy?
Then Star booted him.
Gooooood! That lawyer was horrible. You can’t take somebody’s heritage and background, and use that as grounds to say that because they’re 13, they’re not worthy of protection. That little boy was RAPED. Plain and simple. But because he’s ~latino~ and because of the concept of ~Machismo~ combined with him being a 13 year old boy, he MUST have wanted it?
That’s just another way of saying, “he ASKED for it,” and “Brown children aren’t allowed to be innocent, they can’t be raped.” That was a GROWN WOMAN coercing a 13 year old boy, who isn’t old enough to consent to sex with an adult. If this were a Latino woman sleeping with a little white boy, you KNOW that woman would be facing three life sentences right now.
Deemed unrapeable (unable to be raped) because of skin color. Isn’t that a familiar narrative.
'I resent the term child. This kid is a latino, latino machismo, he’s manly.'
Children of colour can’t even be children. I hope this piece of shit person falls of the highest cliff.
The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE) has not reported to the Department of Homeland Security headquarters all allegations of sexual assault that happened in their immigrant detention facilities, according to a new report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO).
GAO looked at 10 randomly selected facilities around the country and found 42 allegations of sexual assault that were reported — but they also found 28 allegations that were not reported to headquarters.
In the report, DHS says the reason why they did not report these other incidents is because they thought the incidents were “harassment” rather than assault; or they thought the allegations were “unfounded”. But DHS regulations require all allegations to be reported.
ICE told CBS News that the agency has implemented reforms for the facilities starting back in 2009. In an email statement ICE said: “U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is deeply committed to eliminating sexual abuse in immigration detention; our zero-tolerance policy is a key part of immigration detention reform, which has been and continues to be an agency priority. ICE has reviewed the findings of the GAO report and, in the time between the initiating of the report and its release, has already implemented a number of steps to further address issues raised by this report.”
Eighty-six of the 215 allegations reported to DHS between 2009 and 2013 were against ICE staff members according to the GAO report. GAO says overall 15 of the 215 allegations were substantiated.
The GAO also found that some calls to the DHS Inspector General hotline that is used to report incidents of sexual assault were not answered and the voice mail was full.
GAO conducted the report in response to a 2011 request from 30 members of Congress who had asked for the report in response to a documentary.
According to the GAO, last year 91 percent of ICE detainees were males.
Last week, the National Immigrant Justice Center in Chicago filed a complaint with the Department of Homeland Security on behalf of a Mexican national immigrant named Audemio Orozco-Ramirez, a 40-year-old man who says he was gang raped, presumably after being drugged, in an ICE detention facility in Boulder, Montana, on Oct. 5.
In the complaint, Orozco-Ramirez says that he wanted to report the assault in Montana but was unable to find anyone who spoke Spanish at the ICE facility. He said he was unable to get medical attention until two days after the attack. He also says he was also unable to access a telephone to make a complaint.
As a result of the alleged gang rape, Orozco-Ramirez was put on HIV medications to stop any possible infection from occurring. Yet he says when he was moved to a third facility, the Cascade County Jail in Great Falls, Montana, he was unable to get his medication and sought a translator for help. Unable to find a translator at the facility he says he had to resort to calling his 15-year-old son to translate for him.
In response to this case, ICE told CBS News in an email statement: “U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) takes these allegations of sexual assault extremely seriously. We are working closely with Jefferson County (Montana) Sheriff’s Office regarding its ongoing investigation. ICE’s Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) is also conducting a separate but related investigation of these very serious allegations. Due to the ongoing nature of these investigations, no further details are available at this time.”
(I tweeted about this the day it happened and briefly mentioned it in a previous essay…)
About a month ago during the daytime, I heard a knock at my front door. I ignored it because that is what I usually do. Chronic phone call and door knock ignorer. Chalk it up to being an INTJ; chalk it up to not giving a fuck, I don’t care. Sometimes it’s not for me because I don’t live alone (though I sure miss those days, as I recently mentioned). I did not hear a second knock so I assumed the person left. However, that is not what happened. I heard the door open and a head immediately stuck in. I jumped up frightened and was ready to fight if I had to. A random White woman that I don’t know stuck her fucking head into my house, saw me and then backed out.
Now the door was closed, but unlocked. I understand that from this first paragraph alone, the victim blamers have realized, "hey, a Black woman is talking about a violation by a White woman, where the latter is deemed more socially valuable, thereby I must blame this incident on the Black woman without hearing any further details." Get the fuck off of my blog if that’s your framework. No one has a right to open a residence that they don’t live in. It’s covered by the law; the law that seems to never apply when a Black person is the victim.
I got up, immediately ran to the door and asked her what in the sam hill fuck does she think she is doing? She stuttered and said “oh I was looking for ____” (a person I and no one else I know knows). I advised her that such a person does not live here and expected this entitled barnacle to apologize and get the fuck away from the residence. After all, she did just invade a private residence where theoretically by castle doctrine I should have been able to blow her fucking head off, but I would never do that. I would never want to kill a person unless attacked first and had no choice. But I am human and I view even the most slovenly disgusting piece of filth White person as human too. But even the best of us they don’t view as truly human. This is White supremacy.
Now, I would have gladly slapped the shit out of her ass for this and really should have. But no. I didn’t. I did not lay a hand on this woman. She could have easily harmed me. She had the physical (bigger than me) and positional (standing, near a door, I am cornered inside; she could’ve easily pointed a weapon at me) advantage. But see, I am Black. My skin, my race, my life is deemed an automatic weapon. Never mind that Black women by every story and statistic and history that exists have not harmed White women and definitely not White men in the way that they have harmed us. Yet we are deemed weapons by default. Dangerous by default.
She then asked if anyone I live with knows this person. So the woman did not leave yet. I called and checked. No one knew. I told her this. She then demanded I allow her to use my cell phone to speak to them herself. I told her to get the fuck out of my face and away from the residence. In typical White woman fashion, she proceeded to call me “rude.” I then raised my voice and she scurried away to her car.
So let’s review. I was home (and home unwell at that; was dealing with PTSD symptoms) in a private residence minding my own goddamn business. A White woman that I don’t know and no one that I know knows knocked on my door. The White woman opened it, shoved her head in to look around and was startled to see me there. She made up a person I should know. I didn’t know the person and no one I know did. She refused to leave at first. She called me “rude” after breaking the law and disrespecting me without even providing a sincere apology.
Oh and…she LIVES to do this again, or anything else she wants with her disrespectful and entitled mayonnaise life.
Meanwhile Renisha McBride just needed some help. Did not enter anyone’s home and overstay her welcome in their yard and demand a phone and call anyone rude, yet was murdered. Executed. If I would have laid a single hand on this White woman, I would be at the jail 20 minutes away from my home and awaiting trial. I would be the one “threatening” her pure White womanhood, despite her being the one being rude and violating laws.
Black women, cis and trans, have to deal with the notion that our fear isn’t real and only White women and even White men can be “afraid.” (Black men deal with this too; the idea that they cannot actually be afraid or harmed and can only harm others.) And the fact that in Renisha’s case, a White man can claim “fear” also reveals the misogynoir that Black women face; disconnected from womanhood even within patriarchy where theoretically men aren’t “afraid” of women. Yet Black women face everything White women face for being women and much more than White women can ever fathom. The same issues Sojourner Truth challenged in 1851 shapes this case in 2013. I am tired of White supremacy. Tired.
And before you come to this post with standard White supremacist derailment, click her linked name above. Read the post there and the one connected to it. Spare me the derailment that usually includes victim blaming, claiming Black people “don’t care” about intraracial crime, pretending racism-motivated murders supported by the State are just isolated incidents and not institutional, mentioning drones as a way to ignore the war Black people live with here and connect it to Obama being Black thereby excusing the role of White supremacy that pre-dates him in office, or anything else. Save it. Not here. Not today. Not ever, really.
There is no argument that can be made to justify the killing of Renisha McBride as Whites ride under the protection of the obliviousness created by White privilege and a justice system that exists to uphold White supremacy, not fairness and certainly not justice.
I have been accosted by drunk White men and recently had my privacy invaded at home by a random White woman, which I wrote about here: Unlike Renisha McBride, A White Woman Came To My Door (Not Even For Help) And Lived Another Day. I did not murder any of them. Whites have spit on my life since childhood and I have not taken a life and most certainly not for someone knocking on my door. Yet Whites I’ve seen who seem to cheer her death have the audacity to attempt righteous indignation about her toxicology report released to the media for mass use even as “54 year old homeowner” has replaced this man’s name? Whites are really trying to have righteous indignation regarding alcohol? Do they know what they are like when drunk? Do they know the chaos they cause? Do they know the hell of dealing with them in a corporate workspace, college campus, restaurant or neighborhood when drunk? The entitlement and White privilege plus lack of inhibition? The hell that causes people.
A murder victim is being treated as a criminal. Still no charges filed and she’s already been buried. Yet the smear campaign against her continues and the quasi-anonymity for the killer continues. In a White supremacist society, Black victims are treated like criminals and Black criminals are treated like animals.
I am tired of even having to write a disclaimer on my posts because your White supremacist petulance includes a lack of critical thinking, lack of boundaries, repetition of easily refuted derailment and a lack of self-control. I am…tired. I cannot even have a conversation on something like this—which is so stressful already—without having to address bigots every step of the way. Fuck you for this.
The all-white reinvention of Medieval Europe commonly depicted in popular fiction, films, tv shows and art is entirely that: a fiction. An invention. An erasure. Obviously, people of color have been an essential and integral part of European life, European art, and European literary imagination since time immemorial. To cite “historical accuracy” as a means to project whitewashed images of the past into the future to maintain a fiction of white supremacy is an unconscionable farce.
Gina Torres, a beautiful Cuban actress who has never played a Latina on screen, has been quoted saying, “When I became an actress I quickly realize that the world liked their Latinos to look Italian. Not like me. So I wasn’t going up for Latina parts. I was going up for African American parts.” Torres’ experience is one that is very widespread. There is no place for Black Latinas in Hollywood. Not having anyone to look up to on the big screen and lack of representation kills the confidence of real-life Black Latinas.
This is Jonathan Ferrell. He was in a car accident at 2:30 in the morning on Saturday. It was pretty bad, he was forced to climb out of the back window of his car to get out. He ran to the nearest home and knocked on the door. The woman who owned the home called the police. The police arrived and saw Jonathan nearby. Jonathan ran to them, unarmed. He was probably so happy to see someone that could help him. The police shot and killed him after they tazed him.
Jonathan was 24-years-old and a football player at Florida A&M University. He had just gotten engaged. His friends described him as a loving, peaceful man with a bright future.
The cop who shot him has now had voluntary manslaughter. We have to make sure that the cop, Randall Kerrick, does not get away with this. In most cases like this, the cop gets no jail time and no sentence, and in many cases, they’re let back onto the force afterwards.
Jonathan was a good man with a clean record. He wasn’t known as being aggressive or violent. This should not have happened.
it just hit me really hard that EVERY TIME i scroll down my tumblr dash and see non-celebrity-photoshoot pictures of black men, i learn that those men have been either shot multiple times by white people for no reason, or sent to prison for shit they didn’t do
i get that this isn’t exactly news it’s just terrifying anyway
Immigration activists from the Arizona Dream Act Coalition were holding a vigil outside a Phoenix immigrant detention center when a bus filled with immigrants tried to leave the facility.
The DREAMers, undocumented youth brought to the country as children, and their mothers, ran towards the bus.
“It was weird, all of the families and moms everybody started running to get in front of the bus,” high-profile DREAMer, Erika Andiola, who was at the vigil, told BuzzFeed.
They surrounded the bus and didn’t let it go anywhere.
Many of them fell to their knees in prayer while the bus flashed its lights in their faces.
“There were people inside,” Andiola says. “Moms got on their knees and started praying.”
Photos were taken of prisoners inside the bus. A man held up his hands revealing he was chained.
Andiola, who’s mom was nearly deported earlier this year, before receiving prosecutorial discretion, couldn’t believe what she was seeing. “Seeing us chanting they started raising their arms and legs to show us their chains. My mom told me they chained her too but I didn’t think they were such big chains.”
Another woman wept while praying and waving to the DREAMers.
The standoff lasted for hours. Andiola says they were supposed to leave at 9 p.m. but stayed five hours longer.
Two DREAMers were arrested but later released.
The standoff lasted for five hours before the bus retreated back into the Phoenix detention center.
The Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) was contacted for a statement on the incident but did not respond.
♥ Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials;
♥ Margaret Atwood (especially the Mad Adam series & The Handmaid's Tale);
♥ The Hunger Games;
♥ The X-Files;
♥ (Mostly) everything Joss Whedon; and
♥ Unicorns, narwhals, time travel & zombies (not necessarily in that order).
Also, I'd rather pretend that season 6 of Lost never happened, and that Alias ended with the 2003 Superbowl episode.