He’s a Rapist Even when He Ain’t: Black Feminism and the Perpetuation of Black Male Rapist Ideology

Like many another person who had read of lynching in the South, I had accepted the idea meant to be conveyed—that although lynching was irregular and contrary to law and order, unreasoning anger over the terrible crime of rape led to the lynching; that perhaps the brute deserved death anyhow and the mob was justified in taking his life.
Crusade for Justice—Ida B. Wells

You know, I can see how Kobe Bryant could have done it…how he acts, his personality…I mean, he looks like a rapist.
Conversation with popular Black feminist blogger

The ongoing debate between Ebony.com and the popular feminist blog “What About Our Daughters” over the now removed article entitled “From Notorious to Glorious: Why Genarlow Wilson Is No Child Molester and Never Was,” by Chandra Thomas Whitfield, demonstrates more than a war of ideas—it has come to articulate a central idea between what is popularly considered feminist— and by effect for Black women— and how everything else that is not feminist is by necessity against Black women. Unfortunately, the central idea under contention is not one of degree, measured by the extent to which an action or concept benefits Black women, but categorical, as to whether or not a Black women’s magazine MUST on that basis understand a Black man charged with rape as being culpable, a priori, of rape.

Unfortunately, the discussions by Ebony.com concerning the celebration of Mr. Genarlow Wilson’s matriculation from Morehouse University have been depicted as the magazine and organization “siding with a rapist,” despite the fact that Mr. Wilson was never convicted of rape. Rather than a call for any substantive justice, these conversations demonstrate how deeply rooted the myth of the Black rapist is within the discursive moralism of these recent Black feminist pronouncements, and ask a public, without evidence or factual context, to treat Mr. Wilson as a rapist and sexual predator regardless of policy and legal opinion to the contrary. As the aforementioned quote by Wells cautions, Black men and anti-racist thinkers alike cannot take on faith than any ideology, including Black feminism, has totally separated itself from the historical and sexual vulnerability of the Black male to the rapist myth.

The Genarlow Wilson Case: The Facts and Context of Wilson’s Conviction for Aggravated Sexual Molestation.

It was a New Year’s Eve party at a Day’s Inn in 2003 where Mr. Genarlow and five of his high school friends had sex with a 17 year old classmate and oral sex with a fifteen year old Tiffany Cannon. When 17 year old (Morgan) awoke to find herself naked, she called her mother to pick her up from the hotel, and claimed that she thinks “they raped her.” Morgan’s mother called the police; they raided the hotel room, found a video tape of the sex act, and charged the boys with “rape, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, aggravated sodomy, and aggravated child molestation.” Mr. Genarlow, the only accused of the Douglasville Six to not take a plea deal, was acquitted of the rape charge of the 17 year old Morgan, but convicted for having consensual oral sex with a 15 year old Cannon. Because oral sex was considered “sodomy” under Georgia law, Mr. Genarlow was not protected under Georgia’s “Romeo and Juliet” law (close-in-age exemption) established by Dixon v. State (2004), which according to O.C.G.A. 16.6.3. would have made his “[felony] aggravated child molestation conviction which carries a mandatory 10 year sentence and registry as a sex offender into a [misdemeanor] statutory rape conviction punishable by up to a year in prison.” In fact, the very next year, (April 28, 2006), the Georgia legislature changed the law that imprisoned Wilson for 10 years eliminating the distinction between sodomy and sexual intercourse.

The details of this case, which seemed to be clear cut in the mind of the jurors and legal analysts for the last decade, especially since there was a video tape of the sex acts between the six boys and two girls that night, have recently come under attack by some Black feminists who seem to believe that Mr. Wilson has in fact gotten away with rape. Despite being convicted for consensual oral sex with a 15 year old when he was 17, and sentenced for 10 years by a law that was later deemed “cruel and unusual punishment” by the Georgia Supreme Court, Mr. Wilson is now said to be a “gang-rapist,” who continues to lie and erase the suffering of the female victims in the incident..

To substantiate her claim that Mr. Wilson is a rapist, Ms. McCauley offers a quote from an “attorney who saw the videotape during the trial,” and believes that the tape showed “a gang rape of a semi-conscious, 17-year-old girl, followed by a bizarre display of sexual precociousness by a 15-year-old girl.” What Ms. McCauley fails to disclose to the reader is that this is not the testimony of just any attorney interested in the case, but the unsolicited opinion of William J. Atkins, the longtime friend and employee of Georgia District Attorney David McDade, who published a defense of McDade’s (non-racist) character and integrity.. The irony of this defense, and the narrative advocated by McDade, who has been tried for sexual harassment (Atlanta Journal Constitution, July 16, 1999), is that McDade himself was threatened with criminal charges for the distribution of child pornography, since he believed it was legal to make copies of and distribute the “sex tape” of minors to the public, news outlets, and members of the Georgia legislature. McDade later defended his actions as necessary due to Georgia’s “open records” laws (Atlanta Journal Constitution, 7/16/2007), but the federal prosecutors office of Georgia declared possession and distribution of the tape a violation of child pornography laws (Carlos Campos, Atlanta Journal Constitution, 7/13/2007).

Despite the concerns of community leaders, federal prosecutors, and even juvenile and family experts like Karen Baynes who warned that the release of that tape victimizes all the juveniles involved and “re-victimizes the girls involved,” there has been no serious journalistic or academic conversation as to how the criminalization of teen sex and the puritanical adjudication of this common and normal activity victimizes Black children ignorant of the law and its use.

What I find most troubling and dangerous about the position that the author of “What About Our Daughters” takes is the hypocrisy of how a public audience is supposed to evaluate the character and culpability of Mr. Wilson. On the one hand, Ms. McCauley urges the readers, and Ebony to label Mr. Wilson based on his conviction as a “child molester.” As Ms. McCauley says about Ebony.com’s article “From Notorious to Glorious: Genarlow Wilson is No Child Molester and Never Was,” “Yes, this article title is a lie—he is in fact a convicted child molester.” Ms. McCauley is correct; he was convicted by a jury of aggravated child molestation, but also acquitted by that very same jury of rape. So why does Ms. McCauley insist on believing Mr. Wilson is a rapist despite the findings of the jury and courts she tells us as readers we should trust?

The tape was shown on CNN on February 17, 2007, and seems to suggest quite strongly that rape was not a justifiable conviction. When Georgia Senator Eric Johnson tells viewers that we are witnessing a rape of an unconscious 17 year old, and the molestation of a 15 year old drugged and intoxicated by the 6 boys, CNN anchor Rick Sanchez steps in correcting his interpretation of the events pointing out that the 17 year old was not unconscious and was not physically forced to have sex with the young men, the 15 year old did not drink at all that night, and points out that Johnson maintains an interpretation of events the jurors said was not present on the tape. Journalist Maureen Downey (Atlanta Journal Constitution, 10/10/2006) reported that one of the boys was concerned for the health of the 17 year old and asked if “she needs to go to the hospital.” Even the 15 year old’s mother, Veda Cannon, came to the defense of Genarlow Wilson and stated that her daughter told her that the sex between her and Wilson as well as the other four boys was consensual (Jeremy Redmon, Atlanta Journal Constitution, 6/14/2007), though McDade was adamant in censoring and even threatening Veda Cannon when this hit the airways (Maureen Downey, Atlanta Journal Constitution, 7/9/2007).

The O.J. Defense?: Just Because It’s Black and Feminist Doesn’t Make it Right!

The conversations surrounding Mr. Wilson’s path to matriculation from Morehouse by popular Black feminist blogs perpetuate a dangerous complacency towards institutional racism, white supremacy, sexual predator myths, and ideology that Black intellectuals cannot afford. The trope of “centering Black men,” judging situations by the “genitalia involved and not the circumstance” strives to deem the moralization of Black men as rapists as the categorical imperative of gender advocacy. I find it morally deplorable that readers are being told to support a sodomy law that not only is deployed against Black men disproportionately, but homosexual teens as well. Remember even the author of the Child Protection Act of 1995, Sen. Matt Towery was clear that his bill was never meant to police teen sex, or convict Genarlow Wilson as a felon child molester.

Should we ignore the historical milieu of these charges, and ignore the tribulations of Marcus Dixon, the reality that oral sex between married (hetero) couples was illegal until 1998, the fact that until 1996 sex with a 14 year old was legal, or that Kari McCarley, a 27 year old white woman who had sex with a 16 year old male student got 3 months in jail and probation in Georgia? Identity politics should not trump facts; if anything they should make us better aware of the complexities and dynamics of white supremacy. Unfortunately, this does not seem to be the aim of this recent attack against Mr. Wilson. We want to avoid the logic of a recent feminist reply to the disclosure of these facts I recently received on Facebook: “People are acquitted of crimes they commit all the time! Need I say OJ? Come on Tommy, we all know he did it!”

Comments

  1. Brandon P.

    I used to be a fan of WAOD and similar “black female empowerment”, but now I’ve grown really tired of the anti-black racism that permeates them, especially the comments sections. Some of them really do seem to have a grudge towards the larger African-American community and endorse terrible racial stereotypes against them.

    • Dr. Tommy J. Curry Author

      As I hope to point out to readers in part II of this blog, some Black feminist works uncritically endorse the white supremacist ramblings against Black men and Black male vulnerability to the state. Black women and Black female empowerment is constantly read as being “feminist,” when the history of Black women’s activism occurred alongside multiple national movements–emigrationism, nationalism, separatism, Black socialism, etc.

      • Brandon P.

        I’ve just posted a comment on WAOD’s blog alerting her and her readers about this rebuttal to her hyperbole. I don’t know if it will ever make it past her comment moderation, but at the very least it should make her aware of your article and generate an interesting discussion.

  2. Seattle in Texas

    With all honesty I am very familiar with this particular case and does anybody know if the teen girls were white?

    Thank you for bringing attention to this issue Dr. Curry. Without your analysis, it’s difficult for me to fathom how they are charged with rape particularly when there was apparent evidence to show the otherwise as so many are busy with trying to educate teens about safe sex practices with the realistic understanding that teens are going to do what they’re going to do. Without the hard evidence showing otherwise, I might be able to see how the legal questions might be open for argument. I’m not clear on where the feminists are coming from here. And I find it incredibly disturbing that evidence was distributed beyond the immediate attorneys involved–it seems there should be some sort of sanctions, if not even criminal, set upon that person who was reproducing the video and distributing it and the victims (both males and females) should be entitled to some sort of compensation in for that unprofessional conduct and handling of this case… I thought all juvenile cases were supposed to be sealed with the greatest protections the legal system could afford, both within and outside the legal system–but maybe that varies by state. A very sad case here.

    • Dr. Tommy J. Curry Author

      What is most disappointing to me is the effort Ms. McCauley goes through to find a source willing to argue that they saw/see the video tape as rape. You have to understand that in looking for her source it was like 50 to 1, and as I pointed out an obscure and bias source who maintains said view. How can we in fact learn from and understand a situation, if the situation presented to us is mired in ideological bias, and personal agendas against Black men?

      It is my hope that this piece at least gets a conversation started/continued about how Black men are victimized not only by the criminalization of their sexual activity, but the myth that in their interaction with women, rape is how they have “sex.”

      • Seattle in Texas

        Yes, I agree with your disappointment and appreciate the questions–they’re one’s that need to be grappled with more critically and aggressively, in my own humble opinion. It’s clear the continuous systemic racist attack(s) against Black males continues to plague Black society in very dangerous and destructive ways that it would take many generations to heal from, if even that. This nation is very far from that venturing onto a different path that entails true justice and equality for all, and ultimately national healing for all groups.

        And with relation to lynching, whether there was a crime or not, just as it took only 1 lynching to instill terror and fear into Black communities, in this case, Wilson is a similar target at least symbolically and a victim in much the same way Black males who were only “accused” of rape yet were innocent were victims. This couldn’t be more blatantly obvious since even father teens at 17 (I use “father’s” here because of the obvious evidence beyond often accusations when evidence otherwise does not exist) are not prosecuted for these charges with girls a bit younger than themselves, etc., regardless of color–at least that I have heard of or in general. Yet significance of the color in this case, is clear. That’s sort of why I was wondering if the girls in this case were white too–does the race of the girls have anything further, at least symbolically, to do with this? And if the girls were of color, would the case have been handled differently (dismissed and being determined viewing of the tape as less than rape–followed with the girls being labeled racist stereotypes)? But if the girls were of color, then what does that say further about the situation of the attack and victimization of Black males in contemporary U.S. society? I ask that because women of color have been dangerously devalued in U.S. society throughout history on into current times and it would be ironic that white law would go out of their way to target and victimize a Black male with relation to females of color than white females…what kind of message would that then send to communities of color?

        Furthermore, with the case being handled so recklessly in the legal world, it sends out a message that white law can and will do what ever its wants to whomever it wants and whenever it wants, despite the idea that laws are supposed to be in place to ensure the safety, rights, and protections for all people are ensured–these rights and protections do not apply for Black males. I think this reality has always been realized by probably most Black males in society, but still.

        Anyway, the very best of luck with getting the conversation started and a good critical dialogue going–it’s very important and much needed.

  3. marcg

    I’m surprised the article didn’t mention the crucial fact that everyone here in Atlanta understood to be the engine of the entire fiasco.

    Wilson got a blowjob from a white girl who did it willingly.

    That’s all this is about.

  4. @ marcg and SiT – I’m pretty sure both girls were black.

    In response to Dr. Curry’s post – I remember this case very vividly. I remember hoping the girls involved were white so that there’d be no ambiguity in understanding the whole, for lack of better words, us vs them dynamic. I, apparently like Chandra Whitfield and EBONY, was under the impression that despite the fact that the girls were black the community was fairly well united in support of Wilson. I was proud of him for not taking the plea and wished the other boys had done the same. So, personally, I’m completely thrown by WAOD’s over-reaction.

    Even though it can’t be disputed that black men have it worst of all (cis) racial-gender groups, I admittedly still feel as though the trials of black women aren’t fully accounted. After all, we also bare the consequences of what happens to black men. Just as a victim of lynching quite possibly leaves a widow and children behind, when the “drug war” turns 6% of the general population into nearly 50% of the prison population, we’re the ones left as single mothers and/or without marriage prospects.

    With that said, WAOD has jumped the shark on this one. They need to come down off their high horse before it comes down on them.

    Most black women support black men unequivocally for our own benefit. More black men in college means more black men at home – with families, wives (or husbands) and children, that is, two-income households!! Yay! If we keep black men out of prison, we can keep them at the polls, and despite our minority status in the former Confederacy, we can force belated changes. So why they’re in such a rush to label Wilson as anything is beyond me.

    Let me be clear – I do understand the necessity of protecting ourselves for sexual predators regardless of race. I’m all for that. If the girl had been 5 and not 15, I’d say he’s a molester and would even contemplate advocating chemical castration as most child molesters are/become repeat offenders. But the girl was 15. Yes, he was older, but they’re both teenaged-dumb doing teenaged-dumb stuff. Neither one should be punished anymore than the other.

    Again, let me be clear – demanding equal treatment and protection of our daughters also means demanding equal responsibility. They were all there by choice. They were all inebriated by choice. That 15-year-old decided to be there and blow that by her own volition. Standing for our daughters means holding her to account, too. Sorry.

    I share their concern for the state of young black girls. Black women are not afforded equal opportunity or treatment or protection under the law. We still have to be twice as good twice as long. We can’t afford the adolescent silliness others can. You won’t see us on any “slut walk.” But WAOD has gone way, waaayyy overboard and have forgotten that, you know what? we have sons, too.

    • Dr. Tommy J. Curry Author

      Blaque Swan, thank you for your comment. I can only say I agree 100%. In my writing and interest of this story, I don’t see this as a Black man v. Black woman issue. I think there are going to be those issues that divide us, but this should not be one of them. According to Chandra Whitfield’s piece, it was reported that they 17 year old Morgan also brought an overnight bag, and did not say “no” at all according to a friend. This was teenage sex criminalized for the benefit of a state, and racist agenda of McDade. Remember even the author of the policy, Sen. Matt Towery, said the Child Protection Act of 1995, was never meant to convict Mr. Wilson or police teen sex.

      What is infuriating to me is how McCauley can utilize the public’s fear of Black men as rapists and spin it for her own agenda and popularity. We have several transcripts of reports from news channels and journalist who viewed the video all claiming it was not rape, there was no force involved, and she was not unconscious, yet McCauley chooses to side with the racist and sexist D.A.’s narrative because it fits her attack against Black men.

      WAOD has no concern over our sons, and continues to support a narrow agenda that places Black women and girls above a community. Our daughters are important, I am a father of two of them, and would never suggest to them or anyone else that the world will treat them fairly, but I WILL NOT TELL THEM that the men of our race, our own PEOPLE are our greatest enemy as WAOD does.

      Thank you for your response to the piece.

    • Seattle in Texas

      Thanks Blaque Swan~All nicely said as always. I hadn’t heard of the case. yeah if they were white it would have been like okay, but if Black or otherwise of color then even further, why this attack on them? My only further thought on this case is that those people dealing with it, searching for a conviction and otherwise mishandling it need to be let go and not allowed to work with juvenile cases anymore…. I still think there’s some strange racist perversions/obsessions among those who were seeking a conviction and mishandling the evidence otherwise it would have been let go and it would have never been allowed to go so far…. And the fact that safeguards (and ideally guardian ad litems solely watching out for their best interest independent of the the “sides” playing the game), weren’t in place for the juveniles…aw gawd–so disturbing…all of it.

      Not to speak for or on behalf of, the Black community, but rather only address an incident and how some responded down here in Texas. A couple years back there was a situation where a Black man in his early 20’s was under the influence of some heavy drugs relatively new to the streets and he ended up raping a 2 year old baby girl, his niece, and tore up her body–permanent damage. With this situation I think many feared somebody was going to be ending up on the capital punishment gurney for killing the guy who did this. There’s no words to capture the array of feelings that went on with all this, but ultimately everybody left it alone and said they are going to let the white laws have him–this was a mutual feeling shared between both Black males and females–people who are generally not vengeance oriented and provide solid support for pretty much all issues for each other. I only brought up this case because it came to mind with the emphasis that if Wilson had messed with a younger girl, the example given being even older than the situation above, many would reasonably expect some sort of action to be sought–regardless of race of the offender and victim, etc.. It’s about Black solidarity and honest justice regardless if it’s a case clearly in the wrong like Wilson’s or this other situation.

      With that, in line with Dr. Curry’s attempt to trigger this dialogue, I was not under the impression that his agenda was to promote divisions between Black feminists and Black males or what have you, but rather to raise a flag and let them know they’re going in the wrong direction and one that would serve to actually promote and/or create division, rather than promote solidarity as they have done well historically. People/groups who claim to stand for antiracist causes need to be informed when they are wandering off into the wrong directions with reasons on how and why they headed on the wrong path.

      Anyway side note to Racismreview~ You guys need to sponsor Blaque Swan in getting her Senior Project completed and published, and perhaps further sponsor her for completing graduate school in whatever field she would pursue…. Just my thoughts…. Take care all’s y’all’s

    • marcg

      It is all over the internet for anyone to read that the young girl was white. Is there some other agenda as to why this hard fact is continually denied or slippery suggestions about not being sure are constantly put forward??? I don’t get it.

      She was white. It’s a fact, not a guess. And that is what the punishment was about. Please stop sliding around on this. It feels weird, lol.

  5. cordoba blue

    I have to add something here that has depressed me for a long time. It’s the difference between how black teenage girls and white teenage girls are viewed by our white supremacist society.
    My daughter is white. She was a terror as a teenager. Before being a teenager she was literally the perfect little “lady”, if you will.
    Then she turned into the teenager-from-hell. She was sneaking out of the house at 14, drinking, smoking marijuana, sleeping around way more than her friends (which by today’s standards is a qualifier), driving 90 miles per hour down roads in the middle of the night “for fun”, and even gave a girl she didn’t like a black eye and a bloody nose. Jeez!
    For some reason she kept her grades up because she always cared about college, and was, fortunately very intelligent. But her social life extended, once, to almost dying from an alcohol overdose in an emergency room.It’s scary to see your daughter hooked up to 6 tubes extending from her body while strapped to a guerney.
    Of course I had “quiet civil discussions” with her, then I just yelled at her, then we’d try the discussions
    AGAIN, then I just plain screamed at her, plus I restricted her privileges, all the avenues I could think of! Now she’s a married college graduate with 2 children, a wonderful husband, and has her own lucrative company no less (and no I didn’t help her financially at all in case you’re wondering. She did it all by herself.) And a few of her former high school friends who really did consider her previous behavior “over the top” are now her buddies again. Talk about a miraculous phenomenon! I swear I still can’t make sense of the entire freaking episode.
    But I’ve often wondered, what if she had been African American? Believe me, my daughter’s behavior was in no way what I’d call “being a responsible girl” for at least 4 1/2 years. Yet, she comes out miraculously unscarred BECAUSE SHE’S WHITE.
    It’s true: black woman teenagers are not afforded equal opportunity or treatment or protection under the law or by society at large. If a black girl did all the misconduct my daughter had, the response, from white people would be, “Typical black teenage girl! Running around being loose and self-destructive”. When my daughter did it, other white parents actually tried to console me with, “She’s just a teenager. It’ll pass.” One lady even said, “Didn’t you do crazy things when you were a teenager?”
    How very odd this is. How quickly our white society forgives whites almost any and all outrageous behavior. This entire experience with my daughter was a real life lesson to me. When she was 15 I never thought she’d even literally come out alive from her daring behavior, much less turn into a success in the eyes of the world.
    But what chance does a black girl have to redeem herself of typical teenage-dumb (as Blaque Swan puts it)behavior? She has to be a shining example of perfect Michelle Obama grace and charm. She must be super-human and even then whites observe her every move anticipating the fatal “mistake”. Even Obama’s daughters have been criticized for wearing jeans on occasions where some fashion critics thought “jeans were not appropriate here”. Who ever criticized Chelsea Clinton’s wardrobe? Nobody!
    True, some cruel people thought chelsea wasn’t pretty, whatever, but nobody insinutated she just didn’t know what good taste was. That is a judgment about social knowledge, not what you were born with. There’s a difference. It’s an implication that you are not aware or sophisticated or intelligent enough to decipher one social situation from another. It’s highly insulting.
    In summation, black teenage girls are judged VERY HARSHLY. In the sexual arena especially, I’d suggest a centimeter’s distance from black teenage boys. Not much difference here. Black teenage boys are considered “manly” if they sleep around while black girls are just considered “sluts”. If black girls engage in promiscuity it’s a “sign of future behavior”. If white girls do it, it’s “just a phase”. Such privilege!
    By the way, just so you know, Grace Kelly was the biggest slut in Hollywood. You know, the name that was synonymous with grace, charm and poise? Yeah, that tall Nordic blonde slept with anything that moved!LOL.

    • Seattle in Texas

      Geeze cordoba blue, wow your daughter was pretty hard core! Glad she pulled out okay, or very well it sounds. I have to agree that there is much more forgiveness and latitude for girls who are white during those years and “rebelling” (of which they too are probably rebelling against ultimately “white ideals,” etc.), which compounds greatly even more so with the higher SES families and when they come from the more “respectable homes”….

      Question on Grace Kelly, why was she a “slut” though? Maybe she was sexually liberated? Or what have you. This society is quick to apply derogatory labels to people/women who don’t fit neatly into the white purity and virtuous ideals–especially when they deviate and/or challenge the sexual aspects of them. It seems that sexual relations is something that should be respected as “private” unless a violation of some sort has occurred, though for whatever reason this society is obsessed with trying to control such relations across the board. Anyway, just a side though on Gracey~

  6. cordoba blue

    Hey Seattle,
    Well, I don’t thing not wanting your daughter to drive at 90 miles an hour is exclusively the territory of white people. I also don’t think not wanting your daughter to die of an alcohol overdose is exclusively the turf of white people either. Sneaking out of the house, especially at 14 years old, is dangerous for any teenager. Which race would find any of these activities safe? Just a question for you. The marijuana thing wasn’t the worst of it, in and of itself. However, she sometimes smoked it before school which definitely affects attention span. She still kept her grades up though, for some odd reason.
    Regarding Grace, she presented herself as this Nordic queen who did Not sleep around. Thus, by sleeping around, she was being deceptive and trying to pawn off an image of white purity that white movie audiences bought hook, line and sinker.
    What constitutes a slut? Good question. You’ve definitely got me on that one. It’s labeling, and it’s not an effective means of communicating. Used this expression, but should have said she just slept with lots of men, period.

    • Seattle in Texas

      Well regardless of all she got caught up in, glad she pulled through okay–not all do. You are lucky.

      Thank you for the answer. I follow your critique of the public image she presented with regard to white purity verses her personal life, but then again, I personally don’t think she was a unique case for being a movie star or with regard to white women of the middle+ classes during her era. Her private life should be respected as private in my own humble opinion. Especially considering she’s not here to defend herself. Even in current times white middle class on up still present false public images in virtually all social facets I can think of that convey a false white purity and moral superiority facade. And throughout U.S. history men have always slept with many women but for whatever reasons their images are not tarnished and criticized as are the women. And females seem to be the quickest to hold strong derogatory judgements towards other females when it comes to their sexuality. I don’t think referring to any females as horrors or sluts or whatever is healthy, regardless of how they live their own personal lives and for whatever reason they may be. I think it’s all none of our business. Though, I do think good education is our business as a society, as well as distinguishing between sexual exploitation and sexual freedom, and what are or can be considered healthy sexual relationships, etc.

      And I’m bout done blogging for a while–over and out~

  7. @ marcg – You may be confusing Genarlow Wilson with Marcus Dixon. The girl in the Dixon case is white. The girls in the Wilson case are black.

    @ Seattle – Who taught you the expression “Aw gawd!”? LOL! That’s hilarious! Great stuff!

    Like you, I don’t think Dr. Curry is trying to promote division. The essay he wrote about black women becoming the new “model” minority worried me at first. But then I realized, in familial terms – for lack of better words, he was just a black man in need of reassurance. And even then, the point was to ensure black solidarity, not prevent it; and I think that’s his overarching objective.

    As far as free education . . . can someone hold my mule? (re Shirley Ceasar.) LOL! But I’m out of school for health reasons, not financial.

    Seriously, I really do appreciate the encouragement, I do. But money is NOT why I’m not in school.

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