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Friday, March 21, 2008

Color of Change Issues Statement on Dunbar Village Case--FIrst Black Organization to Speak Out


Contact: Mervyn Marcano, ColorOfChange.org

Statement from ColorOfChange.org Regarding Defendants in Dunbar Village Case

It is imperative, no matter what their color, the perpetrators of the brutal rape at Dunbar Village be brought to justice. It's critical for the victim, but also for Black people all over the country to insist that brutality and rape against Black women - crimes far too frequent and far too silent - be punished to the full extent of the law.

There have been concerns about whether the accused, Black men and boys, are getting a fair shake in the justice system; despite the heinous nature of the crimes, we do support their right to equal justice. But if the problem being raised is about white defendants in Florida getting off easy for their crimes, the focus should be on increasing their punishment, not on releasing the Black accused. At the end of the day, we must be vigilant in ensuring that our justice system is functioning fairly, but also soundly, so that real justice is achieved for the victims of the brutal rape and beating at Dunbar Village.


I got the call this afternoon. I had shut down for the holiday, but I had to break my weekend blogging moratorium to let y'all know. Color of Change is the first African American organization to speak out about Dunbar Village... AND WE DIDN'T EVEN ASK THEM TO! I posted this morning that we're the ones we've been waiting for. We'll continue to press the NAACP about its reckless actions related to the Dunbar Village suspects, but I think that it is clear that the hope for change won't come from the Civil Rights Industrial Complex. To learn more about Color of Change, go to the Color of Change website.

Don't just rant and rave. We should deny financial support to organizations that are indifferent but we should also show support to those who are making the effort and I have said before that Color of Change sets the gold standard when it comes to online advocacy, Black or White ( even if we sometimes disagree on some issues :) ). I just made a donation. You can do the same. It is time for new leadership.