November 10, 2007

Dunbar Village Supporters Question Al Sharpton and Other Silent Black Leaders

I attended the Million Man March in October 1997. I recall that there were a number of other marches scheduled in the following weeks and months. It is impossible to put lightning in a bottle twice. I didn't attend the Jena Six march in September 2007, however, I'm proud to be part of the process in the afrosphere that led to that successful march. There have been a number of marches called since September ... the latest is one called by Al Sharpton to protest the inaction of the Department of Justice on hate crimes.

The story that you may not have heard is that Al Sharpton will be greeted by counter protesters on November 16. The counter protesters want to know why he and other African American leaders have refused to publicly comment on a horrific crime against humanity committed against a Black woman and her child in a housing project called Dunbar Village located in West Palm Beach, FL.

The Dunbar Village tragedy is the horrific story of the brutal gang rape, sodomy, and torture of a 35 year old black Haitian immigrant and her 12 year old son. 10 black teens forced their way into the victim's home at a public housing complex in West Palm Beach, Florida. The mother was forced to perform fellatio on her own son at gunpoint. The teens then cut and stabbed the mother and her son, poured cleaning solvent on their skin and in their eyes, and would have set them both on fire, but as one teen suspect reported, no one in the gang had matches. Currently, only four suspects are in custody. During the 3 hour rape and torture, not a single neighbor called 911.

The counter protest was organized by Shane Johnson. "How is it that practically every social justice organization from the ACLU to the NAACP to the SCLC knows something about Dunbar Village but refuses to speak out about it?", asks Shane Johnson who is a blogger and the author of Black Sapience...My .02. Johnson adds, "This protest is not to request that Sharpton and his allies march in West Palm Beach, but simply an inquiry regarding Rev. Sharpton's peculiar silence on this issue."

For over three months, Gina McCauley, who created the blog, What About Our Daughters? has been asking why prominent African Americans have failed to make any public comment about the Dunbar Village crime. "This type of crime happened on our watch and our "leaders" are still silent. They are silent because they are indifferent. Their indifference is immoral." McCauley says. She posted the names and contact information of prominent African Americans and organizations on her blog and despite numerous calls, emails and letters from readers, not a single person on the list has issued a public comment on the crime. She describes their refusal to publicly comment 'Immoral Indifference'.

"It is the height of hypocrisy that Black leaders have remained silent for so long about the Dunbar Village Rape tragedy. Black leaders remain silent about victims of Black on Black crime." McCauley noted on her blog that several prominent African American issued statements on the humane treatment of animals during the controversy surrounding Michael Vick. "We can get a statement about dogs, but not about two human beings."

Tanisha Mathis, who operates the Essential Presence blog adds, "African Americans are falsely led to believe the mainstream is not sensitive to their issues but its proven repeatedly that it is, in fact, Black leaders and Black news entities that are the most silent in regards to crimes against Blacks like the Dunbar Village gang rape."

I am unable to attend either protest march in person, however, I wish the counter protesters well as they gather in Washington, DC at the Justice Department on Friday, November 16, 2007. It should make for an interesting afternoon.

2 comments:

Cliff Samuels Jr said...

The reason why no Black Leaders are dealing with this issue is that it falls into the black on black crime scenario. Al Sharpton and the other leaders want to deal with the white on black crime issues since we would rally to the cause of anything that attacks our civil rights. Black on Black crime is only dealt with when it goes beyond the critical mass point. This has happened with issues such as gang violence and education. Once the problem spills over and it can not be ignored, will there be action taken. The solution is for the community and the blogsphere to push those issues to the front line. Only then will the leaders take a look.

Villager said...

Cliff - You make good points. I don't think we can afford to wait for critical mass any longer. We need to Kill Black-on-Black crime as an issue in our community.