For those of your friends, family, and coworkers who don't read blogs, you can find a printer friendly version of the following Open Letter to Stop Al Sharpton and the NAACP from Endangering Black Women.Print out a copy and hand them out. Easter Sunday would be a good opportunity for you to hand it out. If you want more people to know about this issue, we aren't goign to be able to rely on other people and organizations to do it. We each have the power to do it for ourselves. Thanks to Shecodes over at Black Women Vote for drafting the open letter and organizing the growing coalition of Black bloggers who are going to stay on top of this story.
This mass open letter is a call to action for all black people who
care about the safety and welfare of black women and children in
America. If you are concerned about the recent developments about
Dunbar Village, please copy the post below, and email it to all of
your friends and coworkers.
WE WILL NO LONGER BE SILENT ABOUT VIOLENCE AGAINST BLACK WOMEN.
Copy and email below, and title your email: Stop Al Sharpton and the
NAACP from endangering Black Women!
Let us know in the comments section if you are supporting the movement
to protect black women from black on black violence.
Stop Al Sharpton and the NAACP from endangering Black Women!
Right-thinking black people everywhere are stunned by the recent
betrayal of Al Sharpton and the NAACP in a situation that is just too
outrageous to ignore.
This is a painful story to tell, but it's important for the moral,
law-abiding majority of black Americans to understand exactly why Al
Sharpton and the NAACP must be immediately stopped.
On June 18, 2007, a black woman was gang raped by 10 youths and forced
at gunpoint to have sex with her own 12 year old son in a housing
complex called Dunbar Village in West Palm Beach, Florida. The young
men not only viciously punched, kicked and sliced this sister and her
son with glass objects, but they also blinded her boy by pouring nail
polish remover into his eyes.
The young men forced this sister and son to lay naked in a bathtub
together, and attempted to set them on fire (they could not find
matches). The youths boldly took cell phone pictures so that they
could enjoy their violent, immoral and sadistic acts at a later time.
The violence continued for more than three hours, and although this
sister's neighbors heard her screams, no one called the police or came
to her aid.
This sister and her son had to walk a mile to the hospital, because
the assailants stole her car, and threatened to kill her and her
family if she told the authorities.
Only four of the young men have been apprehended, while the remaining
six are on the loose, doing Lord knows what in our communities. There
is no manhunt for the remaining suspects.
As devastating as this story is, what the NAACP and Al Sharpton have
done about it will simply take your breath away:
Not only did the NAACP ignore hundreds of requests to assist this
woman because it was 'outside the scope of their mission', but they
joined forces with Al Sharpton, and sent their lawyers to speak out IN
SUPPORT OF THE RAPISTS.
You heard me right.
Even though there is conclusive DNA evidence and signed confessions,
the NAACP and Al Sharpton are saying that it is 'unfair' to not offer
bail to these four alleged rapists. They even had a press release
IT IS TIME FOR SENSIBLE BLACK PEOPLE TO STOP THIS KIND OF NONSENSE
ONCE AND FOR ALL.
Al Sharpton and the NAACP are banking on the belief that you and I
will be just like this black woman's neighbors. Join me by saying NOT
THIS TIME. We will not turn a deaf ear to when we hear calls for help
from one of our sisters and brothers who are being victimized.
Stop the NAACP and Al Sharpton's National Action Network from
committing this disgrace in our community. Just this once, let's stand
up and be counted by saying that we demand safe neighborhoods for our
women and children.
Here is what you can do:
1. Spread the word. Forward this email if your conscience and concern
have been raised. Send it to every concerned black citizen that you
2. Demand an explanation from your local NAACP chapter about this
case. Cancel your membership to these organizations, and write a
letter explaining that you will return when they prioritize the public
safety needs of black women and children.
3. If you do not belong to these organizations, call and write them to
tell them of your outrage and displeasure:
NAACP National Headquarters
4805 Mt. Hope Drive
Baltimore MD 21215
Toll Free: (877) NAACP-98
Local: (410) 580-5777
National Action Network
Rev. Al Sharpton
106 W. 145th Street
Harlem, New York 10039
4. f you know an African American reporter or a black radio talk show
host, forward this story them and ask them to follow up on it.
Each Friday at 9:00am, visit any of the websites below, which will
give you an update on the status of this situation. DO NOT LET THIS
GO. Let us start working for safer neighborhoods in black communities.
Read the history of the Dunbar Village problem here:
ON FRIDAYS, CHECK THE NETWORK OF A NEW GENERATION OF BLACK ACTIVISTS:
Don't forget to forward this on to your local NAACP chapter. Print out the letter and mail it to them via snail mail.