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Thursday, November 15, 2007

Dunbar Village Counter Protest Update- Let the Back Channel BINGO Begin (SMH)

I don't think BlkSeaGoat quite grasped the magnitude of what he was doing when he announced last week on our podcast that he was going to go out an stage a counter protest of Rev. Al Sharpton's march at DOJ this Friday. Mamacita had to breakdown the magnitude of what he was doing when I started directing reporters to him, but BlkSeaGoat is now currently fully engaged in game of BACK CHANNEL BINGO! (Yes, I have done it again, coined a new phrase to add to the WAOD lexicon.)

Well folks, Back Channel BINGO has begun! Pull out your playing cards it is about to get interesting. Not familiar with Back Channel BINGO? Well Back Channel Bingo is what we call the flurry of activity right before you embarrass the heck out of someone. At first when your dissatisfaction becomes known, they ignore you, thinking you are going to go away. OH but if you want to set off a furious game of Back Channel Bingo, let White Folks start asking questions and then WATCH these people who have done ABSOLUTELY NOTHING in response to a simple request start sending you messages through “emissaries” seeking compromise and wanting meetings.

What the heck is there to compromise about? Pull out a typewriter and type “We know. We. Care. We're concerned about Dunbar Village.” and send it to your media distribution list and send an action alert to your members. That ain't complicated. Why does that require a meeting? What the heck is there to discuss. You speak out IN PUBLIC or you DON'T. See that was quick.

When they say “let's meet to discuss a compromise.” What they mean is “ Will y'all shut the heck up about Dunbar Village? Until we conclude out carefully planned public spectacle on behalf of everybody else but Black victims of crime?” They aren't concerned about the women and children in Dunbar Village, they just don't want to be publicly shamed for their immoral indifference.

Now we couldn't get so much as a two line statement out of folks saying “We know. We Care. We're concerned about Dunbar Village.” SIX MONTHS! SIX MONTHS! They have been completely silent. For FOUR MONTHS readers have been emailing them calling them sending letters. I have gotten so many emails from folks with the copies of letter they have sent about Dunbar Village to all of these folks and more.

Quite frankly it's time to get indignant. Not ignorant, INDIGNANT! Righteous indignation is good and appropriate in this case.

Now of course all of the folks asking BlkSeaGoat, a Black MAN to please be quiet so that they can have their protest in peace (HA!) are BLACK WOMEN. Yes folks, the players in this game of Back Channel Bingo attempting to silence folks about Dunbar Village are BLACK WOMEN.

Here is an email I sent to one of these “emissaries” in response to her email ( we've gotten several. All from other Black women SMH):

Thank you for your letter encouraging us to be "united." Unfortunately
for us, the "UNITY" is apparently reserved for everyone else other
than victims of Black on Black crime so with all due respect, we'll
continue to point out the immoral silence from African American
leadership related to the plight of Black women and girls in West Palm
Beach, FL. Quite frankly they are prey and are under siege. Please
don't be confused, the Dunbar Village crime against humanity isn't an
isolated case, that area of West Palm Beach, Fl is a basically a rape
camp, where Black women and girls are being preyed upon. Two weeks
after Dunbar Village a 15 year old girl was raped in broad daylight
near Dunbar Village, a week or so later a 42 year old black women was
attacked by another group of Black teens, raped outside in front of
her apartment by a 14 year old while his friends stood by yelling
"Hurry up! Me Next!" Just LAST WEEK, one of the cousins of one of the
accused attackers in the Dunbar Village case broke into an apartment
at Dunbar Village and beat a pregnant Black women with a crow bar and
guess where they found him, this man whose picture and name was
plastered all over the news in West Palm Beach? they found him hanging
out with his buddies in DUNBAR VILLAGE. Now you may be okay with the
City of WPB and the Housing Authority cordoning off a group of poor
Black women and girls in economic refugee camp while they are preyed
upon and viciously attacked by criminals, but we are not prepared to
do that.

Quite frankly I am appalled that anyone would place "unity" ahead of
these poor Black women's human rights. We can't be UNIFIED while
Black women and girls are being systematically raped, beaten and
tortured in West Palm Beach while the Mayor, Housing Authority, and
Governor of Florida do nothing and our Black "leaders" intentionally
avoid the topic.

For the Black women and girls under imminent danger of violent attack,
the cost of silence is too high.

As an educated Black woman I am sure you understand why we will
continue to speak loudly and forcefully on behalf of of these poor
Black women and children who are reportedly too terrified to speak for
themselves. We would be immoral NOT to speak.

We didn't create this situation. For months all we have asked for was
a simple statement saying "We know. We Care. We're concerned about
Dunbar Village." while watching in horror while the same African
American leaders who are organizing this march about crime have been
intentionally silent about Dunbar Village.

The victims of white on black crime have plenty of people, powerful
people who will speak for them. Who is speaking for the victims of the
the far more common and lethal black on black violence? If you still
can't understand why we are perfectly willing to continue to publicly
shame those who remain silent on this issue, I refer you to MLK's
"Letter from Birmingham Jail":

Dr. King said:""Why direct action? Why sit-ins, marches and so forth?
Isn't negotiation a better path?" You are quite right in calling, for
negotiation. Indeed, this is the very purpose of direct action.
Nonviolent direct action seeks to create such a crisis and foster such
a tension that a community which has constantly refused to negotiate
is forced to confront the issue. It seeks so to dramatize the issue
that it can no longer be ignored. My citing the creation of tension as
part of the work of the nonviolent-resister may sound rather shocking.
But I must confess that I am not afraid of the word "tension." I have
earnestly opposed violent tension, but there is a type of
constructive, nonviolent tension which is necessary for growth. Just
as Socrates felt that it was necessary to create a tension in the mind
so that individuals could rise from the bondage of myths and
half-truths to the unfettered realm of creative analysis and objective
appraisal, we must we see the need for nonviolent gadflies to create
the kind of tension in society that will help men rise from the dark
depths of prejudice and racism to the majestic heights of
understanding and brotherhood."

We're willing to create TENSION if it means more scrutiny will be
given to the plight of these women and children in West Palm Beach,

Shane has no intention of interrupting your march. He just wants to
know WHY African American leaders have been bizarrely silent on this
issue. So do the reporters that are calling. They can't understand
why either and I suspect that it is their questions that have prompted
Rev. Sharpton's recent comments, but I find it interesting that he
won't issue any written statement that can be confirmed as he did when
he was speaking out on behalf of pitt bulls. If you have one, feel
free to forward it to me. I will put it on my blog. If you have video
of these statements send those to me too, I'll put them up on my blog.
I would be more than happy crossing people of the list of the League
of the Immorally Indifferent.

So this is real simple. All we have ever asked is that folks publicly acknowledge Dunbar Village one scintilla as much as they howl at the moon about pitt bulls and millionaires who play a game for a living.

Folk are now claiming that Rev Sharpton is now speaking Hmm maybe it had something to do with that Blackberry message I sent to his staffer, more than likely it is due to questions from a reporter at a major newspaper.

When Rev. Sharpton spoke out about Nas' new album, he didn't do it in secret. When he spoke out on Imus and Dog the Bounty Hunter, he didn't do it in obscurity. When he spoke out on BEHALF OF MICHAEL VICK'S DOGS, he issued a very public written statement. So I will believe it when I read it. He has my email address and my telephone number just let me know when to cross him and others off the list of the League of the Immorally Indifferent. I would be glad to do it.

South Carolina Road Trip to Educate SC Voters About Presidential Candidates Indifference About Dunbar Village

If you are free, in honor of Martin Luther King's birthday, we are planning to roll to South Carolina to inform the voters of that great state about Dunbar Village and Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, John Edwards and Bill Richards' immoral indifference to the conditions that exist in Dunbar Village. Join the the What About Our Daughters? Action Center if you are interested.

Be a Squeaky Wheel

It is time that Black women woke up and realized that the squeaky wheel gets greased. Now we have marched and marched and MARCHED for EVERYBODY ELSE for years. Now it is time to fight for ourselves and our children and the men who love and care about us are apparently willing to march with us and for us.

We don't need a “meeting.” We don't need a “compromise.” What we need for you to do is say “We know. We care. We're concerned”

You can understand why we need WRITTEN statements and won't settle for these phantom statements allegedly being made behind closed doors. The league of the Immorally Indifferent haven't acted honorably up to now on the Dunbar Village issue, we don't expect them to start now.

Y'all please e-mail the information about the counter protest to all of your friends and family in DC and let them know about the counter protest.