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Friday, June 27, 2008

Another Black Woman Gang Raped While Neighbors Listen to Screams...and DO NOTHING!

Yesterday the Supreme Court of the United States made plain that the right to bear arms is an individual right under US Constitution. In other words, you have the right to protect yourself in your own home. The court's ruling comes just in time apparently because there's been yet another case of a Black women being gang raped while her neighbors listened and did ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!!!!

Over at Black Women Vote, they are reporting on a case out of Philadelphia where a Black woman was gang raped while her neighbors listened.

The next door neighbor says she saw the victim enter the building and immediately heard screaming..

Benite Sangare told Action News, "She got in the hallway, slammed her door shut and screamed. I didn't pay any attention to it. I thought she fell over something, and that was it. I went to bed."

Police say the trio of thugs wore green and white golf gloves. They stayed in the apartment a total of 4 hours before stealing money and fleeing. One of the intruders was referred to as "Gary". The victim eventually walked a mile to the 39th police district to report the attack. A number of neighbors reported hearing her screams, but no one thought to call the cops.

That was no next door "neighbor." That was an Immorally Indifferent Apathetic Neighbor who said this:

"I heard her scream 'Oh my goodness, oh my goodness, oh my God.' Then I didn't pay attention and laid back down." ABC

And this person had the nerve to give a news interview so that they could document her indifference on camera. Watch the Video to see it for yourself.

Our Tour of the League of the Immorally Indifferent "Neighbors"
We've actually done a few stories like this where neighbors hear or in some cases watch a woman being raped and don't bother to dial 9.1.1.

A security video from an apartment hallway shows at least 10 witnesses ignored a woman's cries for help for more than an hour as a man beat and sexually assaulted her, prosecutors in Minnesota said.

The surveillance video clearly showed men and women looking out their apartment doors or starting to walk down the hallway before retreating as the woman was assaulted for nearly 90 minutes, police spokesman Tom Walsh said. CBS News
You would think that SURELY neighbors would intervene if they knew a child was being raped. Uh uh. Not for a little Black girl they won't

A 13-year-old boy with no previous record was the latest suspect to be charged Monday in the brutal sexual assault of an 11-year-old girl on Labor Day by as many as 19 males.New details revealed in the complaint included:

• An adult woman was in the house during the assaults, knew what was happening and did nothing to stop it. JS Online

And who could forget Dunbar Village Resident Paticiea Matlock's comments upon learning that her neighbors, a single mother and her child had been raped and tortured for three hours while the neighbors listened and did nothing:

"So a lady was raped. Big deal," resident Paticiea Matlock said. "There's too much other crime happening here." SP Times
I think that was one of the most disturbing aspect of the Dunbar Village crime, the way everyone around there from the residents, to the housing director, to the Mayor of West Palm Beach seemed numb or indifferent to it all.

Last but not least on our tour of Immoral Indifference is Romondo Jack, the man who saw a broken, beaten, raped and tortured Romona Moore and then walked away to attend.... A BABY SHOWER and GO SHOPPING!
Ramondo Jack and Romona Moore were raised three-tenths of a mile apart in East Flatbush, Brooklyn. The last time Mr. Jack saw Ms. Moore, on a visit to the old neighborhood, he said, she was lying on a basement floor, stripped to her underwear and chained by the neck and arms. Her eyes were blackened, her face swollen and bloodied, her voice weak from crying.

Mr. Jack walked out of that basement, joined his family across the street, shopped for a new outfit, attended a baby shower and then drove back to his new home in Maryland, he testified in State Supreme Court in Brooklyn yesterday.He never called the police, he said. New York Times

We should all know now is that these are not aberrations in fact, you are foolish not to realize that looking the other way is apparently common. seeing as how 80 % of us will be growing up old alone and childless according to ESSENCE, y'all had better think about what youa re going to do when something goes bump in the night.

Essential Presence did a post on the need for Black women to engage in self defense:
In Miami Beach after a female jogger was raped by a gang of teens (three are still on the loose) the police department was inundated by inquiries from women desperate to know how they could prevent becoming a victim. The police responded with a two-hour self defense class.

Many police departments conduct free classes through college campuses, try that if you're a college student or work on a college campus. Type in your city and "free self defense class" to get started. (If you're in a small town like mine, type in the county or the county seat).

Every Black female in the blogosphere seems to be a determined, strong woman. Take charge. Here's something you can do. In fact, we can do it together.Essential Presence
Another commenter over at BWV suggested another option in light of the Supreme Court's recent decision, she suggests arming yourself.
It is interesting that as I read this, the US Supreme Court has ruled that individuals do have the right to own firearms to protect themselves in their homes.

When you can't rely on anyone else to protect you or even call for help, only one avenue is left open. We all know what that avenue is and as long as things are the way they are, we should act on what we know and protect ourselves. Deborah

I could not find any websites promoting gun ownership for Black women ( I'm shocked!), but I did find Black Man With a Gun: and apparently there is something called the Urban Shooters Association. The site has a pretty interesting history of gun control. Read and make your own decisions.

Before you run out and become a Second Amendment Sistah, you might want to start by having a conversation with your neighbors that says "If you hear me screaming at 1:00 in the morning, kindly call 911, please and I will do the same for you!"

This story out of Philly will not be reported in any major news outlet. So do pass this latest episode of immoral indifference to the screams of Black women along.