Sunday, May 07, 2006

*Rape Case Is Seen as Symbol at Black College in N.C. et al


Rape Case Is Seen as Symbol at Black College in N.C. - Washington Post

3rd Member of Duke Lacrosse Team Indicted - Washington Post

Trying to Break A 'Culture of Silence' on Rape - Washington Post

2nd Duke Party Dancer Faces Charges - AP

Duke to Bring Back Lacrosse Team - AP

Rape Charges Dropped In Duke Lacrosse Case - Washington Post

With all that is being said about the Duke Lacrosse rape case, and the obvious trauma the authorities believe the young woman experienced that night, the discussion is not fully on track. This case is not just about the alleged rape of a struggling single mom, from a troubled past, trying to make ends meet and better her family’s life. Rather, it is also about the unresolved rape of a whole people.

The argument of this case as a symbol of the disparity between Black and White, Durham or otherwise, is fallacious. More accurately, it is a reminder of a specific type of violation that occurred, by White moral discretion, during and after slavery.

When we look into the faces of Black America, with all the shades that exist, most times we see an amazingly talented group, fighting for their rightful place of contribution to the fabric of society. But at times like this, the shades of distinction are but sobering proof of rape.

While interracial births, by consent, dominate the last fifty years, the degrees of Caucasian features Blacks exhibit today emanate largely from White-on-Black institutionalized rape, which occurred during hundreds of years slavery and Jim Crow.

No one, Black or White, wants to be reminded of this part of our history, nonetheless it is there. The Duke incident stirs up emotion because it replays White men raping Black women. Blacks, during these times look at each other and themselves, in part, hating the ‘whiteness’ in them that was uninvited.

Regardless of the outcome at Duke, it will be hollow for everyone, as the full measure of the complicity of Whites relates to a stolen people, not simply rape. This guilt is not for Blacks to manipulate or absolve, as it is part of the ‘White man’s burden’. As well, it should not become any form of badge that thwarts self-review, advancing behaviors and Black progress.

James C. Collier

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2 comments:

Praguetory said...

This is absolute bollocks. Each incident should be viewed on its own merits. We should all be equal in the eyes of the law. The Duke incident doesn't stir up emotion. You're stirring it up yourself. Even if I were a descendant of a white American I would not feel guilty on their behalf for crimes they may or may not have committed - that's ridiculous.

Your comment that the different shades of Black America are proof of rape is a slur. Are you sure that your mindset is helping?

Anonymous said...

"Your comment that the different shades of Black America are proof of rape is a slur..."

News flash, it's a FACT, not a slur.

White men raped black women during slavery, hence the different shades of black people in America. The effects of slavery have been handed down from generation to generation, through appearance. Where do you think the light-skinned black people came from? They've been around for hundreds of years, long before interracial marriage was considered legal in this country. Did you think they all just fell from the sky?

In case you didn't know, there weren't any light skinned, green-eyed, fair-haired black people running around in sub-saharan Africa before the white man came.

"We should all be equal in the eyes of the law. "

Nice thought, but it's not reality. It never has been in this country. There was a time when white women falsely accused black men of rape. Those men were hung by the neck until dead.

The Duke story stirred up many emotions in people, for many reasons. It was an incident about race and about social class as well. Let's face it, if the accused were poor whites instead of wealthy ones, this story wouldn't have received much attention. There are many whites who are innocent of crimes sitting in prison today. When DNA evidence or other types of evidence turn up to exonerate them, it really doesn't make the news. I don't see any of those prosecutors getting fired like Nifong. Google "Innocence Project" for the proof.

--Julie Post