December 19th, 2008

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01:02 pm - my blood is fucking boiling right now.
If you don't want your blood boiling as well, don't click this link.

Short version: in Galveston, TX, a 12 year old female honor student goes outside, in her own family's yard, to flip a breaker. An unmarked blue van screeches up, three men in civilian clothes boil out, say "you're a prostitute, you're coming with us," and grab her and try to muscle her into the van. The girl grabs onto a tree for dear life and starts screaming "Daddy, Daddy, Daddy!" and the men beat her repeatedly about the head, neck, and back with a flashlight.

When the parents rush out, their puppy gets out with them, and - unsurprisingly - attaches himself to one man's leg. The man threatens to shoot the puppy.

Three weeks later, the 12 year old girl is arrested at school, at ten AM, for assaulting a peace officer.

As if all of this weren't bad enough already, the van - which was a narcotics dept van in Galveston, TX - was responding to a call of "three white prostitutes soliciting a white man and a black [man] drug dealer." Dymond - the 12 year old girl they attempted to abduct from her own family's yard - is black.

The case sounds pretty unbelievable; you might be inclined to think it's another Tawana Brawley style racially-motivated hoax. But the family is being represented by the same Anthony Griffin who represented a Klan member pro bono on behalf of the ACLU (and was expelled from the NAACP for it)... so, uh, I'm gonna have to say "probably not".

This would make my blood boil on any day of my life, but given that I've got a daughter of my own due in March... I just can't fucking stop thinking about it.

Current Mood: angry
Current Music: Rage Against The Machine - Bulls On Parade

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[User Picture] From: dixie_chicken
Date: December 19th, 2008 - 06:33 pm
The main reason I'm unsure about having children is that I'm not sure I want my kids growing up in the world as it is now. This kind of shit just reinforces it.

My offspring would be (at least half) white, well-educated, and most likely middle class, which -- much as I hate to say it -- would make it a lot easier on them no matter how the other circumstances fell. But it's still not a very pretty place to land with an entire lifetime ahead of you.

[User Picture] From: lauracroft
Date: December 20th, 2008 - 05:34 pm
That story is fucking awful. But just a thought: I don't believe we're meant to bring people into the world only to shelter and love them. I believe that the world is meant to be hard and we need strong people to make it better bit-by-bit. That is the true challenge, to raise children to be strong enough to live in and improve the world.

It's a different angle on the subject although I certainly understand that it would be difficult to see those you love (your children) most go through the difficult circumstances of this life. Anyway...

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