Victim of the Dunbar Village gang rape. Describing her neighbors' response immediately following the attack. (SOURCE)
Today Rev. Al Sharpton has declared a National Day of Outrage. Outrage over what? Raunchy Rap lyrics. Last week Rev. Sharpton and Russell Simmons issued a statement. "Every animal has the right to live without fear and pain. It is our job to do whatever we can to ensure this basic right for all animals, and we intend to do just that!" Only one problem, they were not talking about this poor woman in Florida who is the victim of one of the most heinous crimes committed against an African American woman in recent history, they were talking about dogs.
A little over a year ago, Jesse Jackson's Rainbow PUSH issued press releases and made an unsolicited offer of a full scholarship to the Duke rape accuser and said he was anxious to meet and pray with and support the Duke rape accuser. To date, not a peep regarding any similar offers to the Dunbar Village victim.
The NAACP is busy burying the N word and defending Michael Vick. The SCLC is giving Vick an award and having a convention.
Barak Obama is busy defending Genarlow Wilson and denying that statutory rape statutes exist and posing for Vibe.
National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials are kicking it at a casino in Biloxi.
Russell Simmons is busy defending dogs ( it must be too much of a stretch to extend that compassion to Black women.
I could go on and on naming people who were tripping over themselves to get in front of a camera during the Duke case or the Imus Brou ha ha. Where are they now? I don't want to hear about how these people are hucksters or hustlers. They have 501c(3)'s and they are taking in donations. It is time to hold them accountable. Feel free to add names to this list in the comments.
Even almost a month later, people are still learning about this horrific crime. THAT IS UNACCEPTABLE. The SILENCE is UNACCEPTABLE. The SILENCE is IMMORAL. I fully intend to shame the hell out of these people until they speak on it. Do we need them? NO, but you can't hold yourself as some kind of defender of decency or civil rights leader/activist and then ignore one of the most heinous hate crimes committed against a Black woman and her child that I have ever heard of in my life. If they are going to be silent about this then they need to turn in their charter and close up shop. YESTERDAY! I need your help. It is not enough to be outraged, we need you to act. TODAY!
WHAT YOU CAN DO. ( Katie, has wonderful drafts of e-mails you can send in the comments)
Today please pause to ask them why they haven't demanded that the national media run 24 hour coverage of this heinous act until the remaining seven suspects are caught. Ask them why they haven't rushed to the scene as is their usual fashion to go knock on doors in Dunbar Village and urge neighbors to cooperate with police. Ask them why they haven't made a public statement encouraging people to contribute to the victim's assistance fund. Ask them whether they are going to address what appears to be a pattern of young black men in West Palm Beach, FL turning African American women and children into PREY. Ask them if they would be this SILENT if the ten gang rapists were young teenage white boys.
If you find that any of these numbers is incorrect, please let me know so I can update it. Leave a comment once you have completed your calls and let me know their response. I will be happy to remove everybody's name form the list.
Rev. Al Sharpton, National Action Network
106 W. 145th Street
Harlem, New York 10039
Phone: (212) 690-3070
Fax: (212) 690-3081
Probably a better number:Rachel Noerdlinger (646) 981-5903 or (212) 876-5444 ( his press aide)
Jesse Jackson Rainbow PUSH
930 East 50th Street
Chicago, IL 60615-2702
Try these as well ( let me know if these work):Rashida S. Restaino
Russell Simmons, Rush Communications
512 Seventh Ave., Ste. 43-45
New York, NY 10018 (Map)
One Georgia Center
600 West Peachtree St., 9th Floor
Atlanta, Georgia 30308
Write Them Online
Senator Barak Obama ( Or any of the other 36 candidates)
Washington D.C. Office
713 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510
(202) 228-4260 fax
(202 228-1404 TDD
Email our office
John C. Kluczynski Federal Office Building
230 South Dearborn St.
Suite 3900 (39th floor)
Chicago, Illinois 60604
(312) 886-3514 fax
Toll free: (866) 445-2520
(for IL residents only)
Obama for America
P.O. Box 8102
Chicago, IL 60680
e-mail Obama for America
(I KNOW that there is better contact info. Leave it in the comments.)
Mailing Address: 4805 Mt. Hope Drive, Baltimore MD 21215
Toll Free: (877) NAACP-98
Local: (410) 580-5777
Washington Bureau of NAACP
Phone: (202) 463-2940
Fax: (202) 463-2953
Address: 1156 15th Street, NW Suite 915 Washington, DC 20005
Dunbar village isn't an isolated incident. Black on Black crime is on the rise everywhere:
Our crime rate is far too high. Our level of cleanliness is frequently far too low.
Too often those of us who are in the middle class live above our means, spend money on nonessentials and frivolities, and fail to give to serious causes, organizations, and educational institutions that so desperately need funds. We are too often loud and boisterous, and spend far too much on drink. Even the most poverty-stricken among us can purchase a ten-cent bar of soap; even the most uneducated among us can have high morals. MLK
Ain't it though!