How many times have you heard the excuses? She shouldn’t have had so much to drink. Her skirt shouldn’t have been so short. She shouldn’t have been at that place, at that time, with those people.
The same urge to blame the victim is in full, outrage-inducing force with the recent high profile cases of police violence. Michael Brown was a thug. Eric Garner was obese. Twelve-year-old Tamir Rice was a threat.
Actually, there’s very little reason for anyone, myself included, to read a column by George Will, but people keep printing them. Will is coming under fire this week for a preposterous column in which he claims that being a victim of sexual assault has become a “coveted status” that “confers privileges.” Because this is the new hip trend everyone wants to be a part of , “victims proliferate.” At no point does he list what these privileges are and why women would be so eager to claim this status. Continue reading “I read George Will’s column so you don’t have to”
The Florida prosecutor who bungled George Zimmerman’s prosecution leads the state in death sentences against black men. She’s also trying to put Marissa Alexander behind bars for 60 years. Several organizations are mobilizing to tell Gov. Rick Scott to get rid of her as state attorney.
An abortion doctor and former colleague of George Tiller’s wins a victory in her fight against a conservative medical board in Kansas.
Let’s start with a quiz. Being convicted of attempted murder after actually murdering an unarmed black teenager is:
(a) a sad miscarriage of justice
(b) disappointing, but at least some measure of punishment for a heinous act
(c) a clear sign of racism embedded in our culture and judicial system
(d) like being raped
If you answered (d), you would probably get along with Michael Dunn. The man who shot and killed Jordan Davis had his ludicrous use of self-defense validated by some members of the jury, leading to a mistrial on the murder charge. It turns out his views on women are about as enlightened as his views on race (which aren’t remotely ambiguous given his abhorrent prison letters).