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    Women Not Tolerating Sharpton's Rape Rant
    Race; Posted on: 2008-04-02 13:44:47 [ Printer friendly / Instant flyer ]
    The Jena Six Through the Looking Glass

    Al Sharpton and the local chapter of the NAACP have gotten themselves into trouble with black women for trying to turn the Dunbar Village rape case into a showpiece of racial injustice.

    During the past three weeks, a network of about 30 black women bloggers have been blistering Sharpton and the local NAACP for coddling the black teenagers accused taking a neighborhood woman at gunpoint into her West Palm Beach home, raping her and forcing her to have sex with her own pre-teen son.

    Earlier this month, Sharpton stood in front of the Palm Beach County State Attorney's Office with local NAACP officials and relatives of the accused Dunbar Village rapists to complain that these teenage boys are victims of racial discrimination.

    "Sharpton bills himself as a spokesman for the voiceless," wrote Tonyaa Weathersbee in BlackAmericaWeb.com "Too bad this time he decided to lend his voice to the ones who needed it the least - and guarantee that more raped black women will continue to suffer in silence."

    Weathersbee and other politically active black women bloggers say Sharpton has ignored the indisputable victims in the Dunbar case - a 35-year-old black woman and her 12-year-old son.

    Maude Ford Lee, the president of the West Palm Beach NAACP chapter, spoke alongside Sharpton while the assembled media were handed a flier showing the photos of three of the accused Dunbar Village rapists with the words, "Voiceless, Vulnerable, Victims!!" next to them.

    "These children are being unjustly persecuted because of corrupt politics, racism and economics," the flier said. "The State Attorney's Office has grossly overcharged these children."

    Sharpton had the victims wrong

    The gist of the racial discrimination complaint was that the Dunbar teenagers were being held without bond while a group of white teenagers from suburban Boca Raton charged with rape earlier this year were free on bond.

    In the suburban Boca Raton case, the teens were accused of getting two neighborhood friends drunk and then raping them while they were too drunk to resist.

    News Source: palmbeachpost.com


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