Monday, January 08, 2018

So Whose Fault Is That, Exactly?

The Detroit Free Press Editorial from the rather vacuous Nancy Kaffer is quite the read:

The Detroit Free Press: We should be more outraged about rape in Detroit

From the title on down, the editorial is pretty strange. After all, I don't hardly think anyone is not outraged nor ok with rapists plying their crimes in Detroit or elsewhere.

The howler in the article though is this line, basically, after noting over 11,000 rape kits sat untested in Detroit, it's a women and minorities hardest hit quote:

It's impossible to separate this casual dismissal of this crime from its most likely victims: In Detroit, African-American women.

"If you're a person of color, if you're a different economic class, then your case across the board — across the board, not just sexual assault — they're treated differently," Worthy told me last month. "And that's just the truth. People may not want to admit it, but I've seen it throughout my career and I know it's true."

So sayeth the Black, pretty much elected for life, Wayne County prosecutor Kym Worthy who has been in her present position since 2004 -- as the head of the prosecuting organization responsible for prosecuting rapes in Detroit mind you -- in a city that has had a Black mayor during the time the test kits were ignored, and a Black police chief to boot.

In a city that has been run solely by Democrat mayors since 1962, and with Blacks running the institutions responsible for fighting crime during the time the rape kits were ignored, it's a little facile to make a claim of structural racism or classicism against women and minorities is somehow at fault for this failure to prosecute rapes fully and competently. Especially when its the women and minorities running the show - unless they're going to argue with a straight face that thewomen and minorities running the show have been brainwashed or conditioned into treating "a person of color, if you're a different economic class" differently, which would be quite the trick.

Better to blame structural racism and classicism than have the people in charge step up and take responsibility for this colossal malfeasance.

3 comments:

Old NFO said...

That is just... Wow...

Joe Mama said...

The wheels are turning slowly in the background.

Michigan legislature passed a piece of feel-good legislation mandating that rape kits be tested within three months of the event...unless there were shortages of manpower, budget or coffee creamer. So it was a toothless gesture.

The executive branch in the State of Michigan decided to act.

The State Police are on the hook to prepare crime data for the Uniform Crime Reporting department of the FBI. The wheels of justice turn slowly but they grind exceedingly fine. According to my congressman, the State Police placed a "Request for Quote" for software to track rape and rape-kit date much like the UCR model about six months ago.

In a short while, citizens and journalists will be able to place Freedom of Information requests and they will be able to determine which jurisdictions allow themselves to be deflected from the path of justice due to mismanaged manpower, squandered budget and shortages of coffee creamer. They will also be able to ascertain which jurisdictions are effective.

-Joe
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MrGarabaldi said...

Hey Aaron;

It is easier to blame "racism and Sexism" rather than fix the problems that they cause because it keeps the base stirred up and deflects the incompetence of the leadership that is more interested in feathering their own nest rather than handle the peoples business....or am I being cruel?