Black woman allegedly tortured by 6 white people in West Virginia
Cross-posted from the Brave New Films blog. Elaborated upon here.
Six white people are accused of kidnapping, torturing, and sexually assaulting 20 year old Megan Williams, a Black woman in West Virginia.
It is up in the air as to whether this will be treated as a hate crime Hate crime charges are not being pursued.
Much like how Emmit Till's mother wanted his casket to be open so people could see the raw brutality of his lynching and murder, the Williams family has chosen to reveal the victim's name in order to force "the public to know what happened."
Funny how no one is calling this gang violence (see "Just in my opinion's" comment on this post). Oh, right, it's probably because the suspects are white…
How will this be treated in the media in the aftermath of the Duke debacle? I think that this case is much different since there is indisputable physical evidence here, but I bet that people will be hesitant to latch onto this too quickly.
As this anonymous commenter and EDITMOUSE both point out, there is a perfect storm brewing here with regards to race relations. Jena 6, the torure in WV, police brutality against Rev. Lennox Yearwood, on and on and on.
I’ll write more on this later, but it is becoming even clearer that those who think that race doesn’t matter or is no longer an issue in this country really need to take a hard look at things.
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