Solomon Burnette, Campus Echo (North Carolina Central University), April 18, 2007
On March 13, 2006, some forty affluent white men solicited the presence of two black women on (former) plantation property for the explicit purposes of racially denigrating, disrespecting, and exploiting them.
“Tell your Granddaddy thanks for making my cotton shirt,” they were reported to have said.
The women were, according to all accounts, called “nigger” and told to penetrate themselves with broomsticks (see Abner Louima). One of these women said that she was raped by three of these inebriated white men. People in power and those without disbelieved her. This is sickening.
We black people (while we may be able to bribe judges like white people) cannot expect justice from the American legal system, period.
The ‘facts’ of the case should not matter to us because even if we are unsure of sexual assault, these supremacists have admitted to sexually, racially and politically denigrating these women. Strippers or not, this must be addressed.
White people still murder us with impunity. White people still beat us with impunity. White people still rape us and get away with it.
The only deterrent to these legally, socially and economically validated supremacist actions is the fear of physical retribution.
Black men, stand up. Black women, stand up. Black children, stand up. We have been at war here with these same white people for 500 years.
The time to fight, whether intellectually, artistically or physically, has always been now.