18 Black Paedophiles ‘Rape’ Hispanic Child: New York Times Blames Victim
James C McKinley Junior told the story to New York Times readers.
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?
Drawn in? Are they the victims?
“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.”
The girl won’t? The article continues to portray the alleged rapists as the innocent parties and the girl as the seductress:
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.
The mother is ill with tumors on her brain.
The Times is hit by welter of reader complaints. The paper’s “public editor” Arthur Brisbane, sees the problem:
My assessment is that the outrage is understandable. The story dealt with a hideous crime but addressed concerns about the ruined lives of the perpetrators without acknowledging the obvious: concern for the victim.
Others blame the child:
The meeting was “led by Quanell X, an activist prominent in Houston’s black community
It went like this:
Many who attended the meeting said they supported the group of men and boys who have been charged in the case. Supporters didn’t claim that the men and boys did not have sex with the young girl; instead they blamed the girl for the way she dressed or claimed she must have lied about her age — accusations that have drawn strong responses from those who note an 11-year-old cannot consent to sex and that it doesn’t matter how she was dressed.
So. The Times does a follow up piece.
What begins to emerge is the nightmarish ordeal of a young girl over two and a half months involving an eclectic group of young men, some with criminal records, who shared a powerful neighborhood bond.
What the Times does not say is that all the alleged rapists are black. But we are told that the victim is an Hispanic girl whose parents are immigrants from Mexico.
Is this a race crime? The Times does not mention the word “black” once. Why not? Why be selective in its reporting? The Times should reports the ethnic make-up of all those involved, or not report that element at all. Why is the Times inconsistent?
Instead of facts, we hear that the Devil is at work:
Bertha Cleveland, an aunt of Mr. Cruse, said her nephew went to church regularly, held down a job at McDonald’s and had told her he intended to go to college. “Our younger generation is running rampant,” she said. “The devil is in full control.”
The Times remains guilty in some eyes. The blog What About Our Daughters writes:
The reason why the NY Times chose to place responsibility for being tortured on the torture victim is because the NY Times is absolutely TERRIFIED of asking the obvious.
Is there something about the BLACKNESS of the 18 (now 19) accused rapists that can explain how so many men and boys, from so many generations and backgrounds and classes could have found themselves involved in the same criminal enterprise?
Is there something about the BLACKNESS of the 19 accused rapists that would cause the community to speak out in defense of torturing a little girl for months by large numbers of the men and boys in their community?
Is there something about the BLACKNESS of the 19 accused suspects that would cause them to believe that they could torture a child, videotape it, place it on YOUTUBE and FACEBOOK and not incur any negative consequences from within their BLACK community?
Is there something about THE BLACKNESS of the suspects that decreased the likelihood that others would intervene in the repeated torture of a child by a large percentage of the men and boys who live there?
If the New York Times had been courageous, they would have inquired into whether there are certain “rituals” within certain quarters of Black communities throughout this country that involve large numbers of Black men and boys gathering together to “bond” over torturing pre-teen girls and mentally disabled adult women.
So. How do you report on the gang rape of a child? And, no, the US press never once mentions the word “paedophile”. In the UK, that would have been to the fore…