Rosa Parks Papers Reveal Rape Attempt

Rosa Parks was a prolific writer,  keeping copious notes on the events of the day, as well as her experiences. Historians reviewing her papers have come up with a few surprises…

Rosa Parks Auction

Rosa Parks essay reveals rape attempt

Long before Rosa Parks was hailed as the “mother of the civil rights movement,” she wrote a detailed and harrowing account of nearly being raped by a white neighbor who employed her as a housekeeper in 1931.

The six-page essay, written in her own hand many years after the incident, is among thousands of her personal items currently residing in the Manhattan warehouse and cramped offices of Guernsey’s Auctioneers, which has been selected by a Michigan court to find an institution to buy and preserve the complete archive.

The Associated Press was provided with some samples of the documents in the archive, including portions of the essay. Archivists had reviewed the documents for Guernsey’s and provided descriptions of their contents.

Civil rights historian Danielle McGuire said she had never before heard of the attempted rape of Parks and called the find among Parks’ papers astounding.

It helps explain what triggered Parks’ lifelong campaign against the ritualistic rape of black women by white men, said McGuire, whose recent book “At the Dark End of the Street” examines how economic intimidation and sexual violence were used to derail the freedom movement and how it went unpunished during the Jim Crow era.

“I thought it was because of the stories that she had heard. But this gives a much more personal context to that,” said McGuire, an assistant professor of history at Wayne State University in Detroit. Her book recounts Parks’ role in investigating for the NAACP the case of Recy Taylor, a young sharecropper raped by a group of white men in 1944.

Of her own experience, Parks wrote, “He offered me a drink of whiskey, which I promptly and vehemently refused. . He moved nearer to me and put his hand on my waist. I was very frightened by now.”

“He liked me. .. he didn’t want me to be lonely and would I be sweet to him. He had money to give me for accepting his attentions,” she wrote.

“I was ready to die but give my consent never. Never, never.”

Most people know the story of Parks, a black, middle-aged seamstress who refused to give up her seat to a white passenger on a bus in Montgomery, Ala., in 1955. Guernsey’s President Arlan Ettinger said her personal papers reveal a much more complex individual, one who spent a lifetime fighting for racial equality and against the sexual violence of black women.

Parks is credited with inspiring the civil rights movement with her solitary act of defiance on Dec. 1, 1955, that led to the Supreme Court outlawing segregation on buses. She received the nation’s two highest honors in her lifetime, the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal of Honor.

She died in 2005 at age 92, leaving the trove of personal correspondence, papers relating to her work for the Montgomery branch of the NAACP, tributes from presidents and world leaders, school books, family bibles, clothing, furniture and more – about 8,000 items in all.

“It is wonderful and breathtaking,” Ettinger said. “It will be up to the institution that ends up with it to make this material known to the world.” …

 

There Is Justice For the Rich And Powerful In One Last Place In the World!

The United States is now ranked on 22nd out of 168 Countries in having the least corruption. One of the reasons is the rich and powerful in the United States very seldom go to jail for their crimes, or receive hand slaps.

Nice to see in Israel, despite there being little justice for Arabs living in the country…

There is still justice for the high and mighty.

(Ignore the dumb arsed Cisco Commercial! From my view they are part of the problem here in the US.)

Blaming those “Colored” Guys…

CLOUDY FUTURE: Channel 7 forecaster Heidi Jones has been charged with filing a false report after claiming she was attacked in Central Park.You’ve probably heard the story about the white guy who murdered his pregnant wife, and claimed it was a black guy who attacked them

Or the white woman who spashed acid in her face and told Police and the News it was a black woman

Anyway… You get the story.

Well… To the first time in my memory, at least…

It’s “Blame the Hispanic Guy!”

Things indeed are a changin’ in this here “post racial” America, when you’re relegated to Public Enemy # 2 in fake crime targets!

TV Meteorologist Charged With Faking Rape Report

New York City weather girl Heidi Jones has been arrested on charges that she made up a rape she reported to police. Jones, an occasional Good Morning America fill-in, told police on Nov. 24 that a pair of Hispanic men had jumped and raped her while she was jogging through Central Park, according to the New York Post. Police thought it was odd that Jones had waited so long to report the incident.

When a lengthy investigation didn’t turn up any evidence to support Jones’ story, they talked to her again, and noticed some discrepancies in her accounts. When they confronted her, police say she admitted to inventing the whole story. She said she was looking for sympathy after an unrelated, and undisclosed, problem in her personal life. Now she faces up to a year in jail, and has been suspended by her station, WABC. Sources say she will be fired.

 

 

Congo Women Fight Back Against Rape

This takes a lot of courage in a country ruled by the gun.

DR Congo women march against sexual violence

(Mrs. Lembe Kabila is DR Congo’s First Lady)

Olive Lembe Kabila headed the rally in the town of Bukavu in the east of the country, where Congolese and foreign armed groups have operated for years.

Last week, the UN said government troops were raping and killing women in the same villages where hundreds were raped by rebels in July and August.

The country’s defence minister has denied any soldiers were involved.

On Friday, the head of the UN mission in DR Congo, Monusco, said an estimated 15,000 people had been raped there last year.

‘Regaining dignity’

The demonstration led by Mrs Lembe Kabila saw thousands of women walk through the streets of Bukavu, the capital of South Kivu province.

Many of them carried banners with slogans such as “No to sexual terrorism”, according to the AFP news agency.

“Coming here is important because violence towards women is used systematically as a weapon of war,” said Miriam Nobre of World March of Women, which organised the march.

Nene Rukunghu, a doctor at a hospital in Bukavu, said the international community finally seemed interested in DR Congo’s problems.

“We must fight against impunity, so that the perpetrators of violence are punished, to allow women to regain their dignity. Despite what they endure, Congolese women are strong and able to stand up again.”

 

 

Obama Signs Law To Protect Native American Women From Rape

This is one of those where you ask – WTF took so long? Why have previous Presidents ignored this?

We have “basic human rights” in this country – EXCEPT for Native American women?

Hat Tip to Blue Wave on this one!

Obama Signs Tribal Law & Order Act, Empowers Native American Rape Victims

President Obama today signed into law something that will bring the mechanism of our justice system more within the reach of Native American victims of rape – the Tribal Law and Order Act. Why is such a law necessary? Well, for one thing, one in three Native American women will be raped in her lifetime.

Native American blogger and activist Ajijaakwe - whom you may know as Aji – has published an informative article on Ms. Magazine’s blog that explains the issue thoroughly:

But in Indian Country, rape survivors bear additional burdens. They must report their crimes to federal law enforcement authorities, whom long and hard experience has told them to distrust. Cultural sensitivity is often nonexistent. Often, the law enforcement officers, investigators, prosecutors and health examiners are white men, and for many Native women cultural traditions may militate against talking to them about such intimate matters. So when you read that one in three Native women will be raped at least once in her lifetime, you can be assured that those numbers are underreported at even greater rates than in the general population.

Aji provides many additional shocking statistics, such as the fact that Native women are more than twice as likely as all other ethnic groups, to fall prey to rapists, but perhaps the most searing – and telling – stat is this one:

While most rapes occur within racial groups, this is not true for Native women. More than 86 percent of the offenders are non-Indians, and more than 70 percent are white.

Why is this fact so important?

Because until today, Native women raped by a non-Indian assailant had virtually no recourse. With rare exceptions, only federal law enforcement authorities have had jurisdiction to arrest and prosecute non-Native offenders on tribal lands. And historically, federal authorities have cared little about such cases: Federal authorities routinely decline to prosecute more than 50 percent of all violent crimes committed in Indian Country; the rate of declination is much higher for sexual assault cases.

Now, at least Native women can be a little more certain that their assailants will face prosecution for their crimes.

Much more info is available in Aji’s article. I encourage you to read the whole thing.

Another facet of the problem is explained in this article – sex slavery. Without this law in place, traffickers aren’t prosecuted.

Lawrence Taylor Indicted

Going down…down…down…

Lawrence Taylor indicted on felony third-degree rape charge

Former NFL great Lawrence Taylor has been indicted on two felony counts and three misdemeanor charges related to the alleged rape of a 16-year-old allegedly hired as a prostitute, the Rockland County, N.Y., district attorney’s office said Wednesday.

Taylor, 51, faces two class “E” felony counts — third-degree rape and a third-degree criminal sexual act. The other counts are class “A” and “B” misdemeanors: endangering the welfare of a child and third-degree patronizing a prostitute, plus two counts of third-degree sexual abuse. The indictment alleges Taylor had intercourse and oral sex with the teen, then paid her $300. Under New York law, sex with a person younger than 17 constitutes third-degree rape.

Dist. Atty. Thomas P. Zugibe, in a statement, called Taylor “the end-user in the criminal chain known as sex trafficking” and said his office was “going to hold those who create the demand accountable.”

Taylor’s attorney did not respond to Associated Press calls seeking comment.

In a new variation of Mayor Marion Barry’s famous statement when busted for cocaine possession -

Taylor’s wife, Lynette, said she believed her husband was set up.

Anti-Rape Device Has Teeth

South Africa has the highest incidence of rape in the world. A South African doctor has developed a device to help women fight back. Since this device has teeth – it’s going to put a bit more than a crimp in the rapist’s game…

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