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March 12, 2011

New York Times Report on Gang-Rape of 11 Year Old Girl By 18 Young Men Poses Important Question: What Did The Raped 11-Year-Old Do To "Draw" These Men Into Such An Assault?

Read it and weep scream.

The case has rocked this East Texas community to its core and left many residents in the working-class neighborhood where the attack took place with unanswered questions. Among them is, if the allegations are proved, how could their young men have been drawn into such an act?

“It’s just destroyed our community,” said Sheila Harrison, 48, a hospital worker who says she knows several of the defendants. “These boys have to live with this the rest of their lives.”

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Residents in the neighborhood where the abandoned trailer stands — known as the Quarters — said the victim had been visiting various friends there for months. They said she dressed older than her age, wearing makeup and fashions more appropriate to a woman in her 20s. She would hang out with teenage boys at a playground, some said.

“Where was her mother? What was her mother thinking?” said Ms. Harrison, one of a handful of neighbors who would speak on the record. “How can you have an 11-year-old child missing down in the Quarters?”

That last question is well worth asking -- the child has now been taken out of the custody of her parents.

But the rest? If an 11-year-old is improperly supervised by neglectful parents, we're now declaring a free gang rape zone inside of her?

In case you're wondering why the New York Times is attempting such a nuanced position on the relative culpability of a rape victim vis a vis her brutalizers, it's due to a fact you can probably guess from the Times' non-mention of it: the gang rapists are all black.

The victim is another race -- Hispanic. Thus the assault is causing racial tensions, for obvious reasons; the New York Times omits that, of course.

What the New York Times does want you to know is that if a group of 18 young black men gang-rape an 11 year old girl it must be because she dresses like a whore. How else would such fine gentlemen be "drawn into" such an outrage?

The New York Times' public editor slightly criticizes the story's odd take.

From Pat Dollard's link of the ABCNews report on this (the link before the last one), the great-grandmother of one of the rapists is taking a sensible view:

“I’m not going to play the race card on this because my grandson and all the rest were very young men and they could have given a second thought on this,” Dickerson said.

But for the New York Times, it's full speed ahead with the race card. They're playing it secretly -- without telling you of the reasons why they've decided that gang rape of a child is now the sort of crazy shenanigans all young men get into now and again (boys will be boys, you know), but obviously their exquisite racial sensitivity racist belief that black boys can't be held responsible for rape informs every word of this curious report.

Via Aplusplusplus.






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