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#RapeCulture Liberal Logic™

Posted on | June 8, 2014 | 45 Comments

Jim Hoft at Gateway Pundit today published a commentary on a story that seemed familiar, so I double-checked. Amanda Kijera’s account of being raped in Haiti was originally published at the progressive blog Alternet in April 2010, but has apparently been deleted since then. However, its authenticity can be verified from other contemporaneous sources, e.g., Democrat Underground:

Two weeks ago, on a Monday morning, I started to write what I thought was a very clever editorial about violence against women in Haiti. The case, I believed, was being overstated by women’s organizations in need of additional resources. Ever committed to preserving the dignity of Black men in a world which constantly stereotypes them as violent savages, I viewed this writing as yet one more opportunity to fight “the man” on behalf of my brothers. That night, before I could finish the piece, I was held on a rooftop in Haiti and raped repeatedly by one of the very men who I had spent the bulk of my life advocating for.
It hurt. The experience was almost more than I could bear. I begged him to stop. Afraid he would kill me, I pleaded with him to honor my commitment to Haiti, to him as a brother in the mutual struggle for an end to our common oppression, but to no avail. He didn’t care that I was a Malcolm X scholar. He told me to shut up, and then slapped me in the face. Overpowered, I gave up fighting halfway through the night.

A “brother in the mutual struggle for an end to our common oppression”? How much time do you have to spend inside the progressive bubble before you start thinking this kind of rhetoric will make a difference to a man who is raping you? However, in the liberal mind, whenever facts contradict your theory, you must defend the theory by ignoring or “deconstructing” the facts, so Kijera continued:

Women are not the source of their oppression; oppressive policies and the as-yet unaddressed white patriarchy which still dominates the global stage are. Because women–and particularly women of color–are forced to bear the brunt of the Black male response to the Black male plight, the international community and those nations who have benefitted from the oppression of colonized peoples have a responsibility to provide women with the protection that they need.

So, having been raped by a black man, the white feminist instead is ultimately a secondhand victim of the “white patriarchy.”

“One has to belong to the intelligentsia to believe things like that; no ordinary man could be such a fool.”George Orwell, 1945

 

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  • http://thecampofthesaints.org Bob Belvedere

    I remember this – didn’t you cover it before, Stacy?

  • Nan

    Let me get this straight; the guy raping her wasn’t raping her it was the white privilege heteronormative patriarchy that did so?

  • RDG

    I don’t remember this. It happens 100 times a day in the US. What’s the big deal? Black men rape white women all the time. It’s a dog bites man story.

  • http://www.blackmailersdontshoot.com/ ChandlersGhost

    Is it white privilege when Haitian men rape Haitian women?

  • Durasim

    We’ve seen this before, and we’ll see it again, unfortunately. When members of a pitiable, oppressed group commit a crime, then we are supposed to blame their social conditions and some evil, white, patriarchal power structure or something. The theory being that the evil white capitalist patriarchal power structure is therefore responsible for all crimes and bad things committed by members of the oppressed underclass.

    Remember when that American student Amy Biehl was murdered in South Africa? She was there as an “advocate” of the oppressed, helping to prepare the black townships for the first elections after apartheid. Then a mob which was chanting post-colonial catchphrases attacked her and stabbed her to death, because she was a “settler.”

    And after all that, the persons who murdered her received amnesty. Amy Biehl’s parents actually cheered her murderers, hugging and embracing them at the amnesty ceremony, saying that they were “beautiful” men, and how they really weren’t to blame and that apartheid made these men kill their daughter. The parents actually gave these men some gravy train jobs at a foundation established in their daughter’s name.

    However, one of the “beautiful” pardoned men subsequently turned out to be a rapist.

    http://www.iol.co.za/news/south-africa/biehl-killer-guilty-of-raping-disabled-woman-1.116257#.U5ULY_ldW50

  • RS

    I read these stories and cannot help being reminded of stories like this. It’s all predicated upon a child-like denial of reality, where dangerous things and people are turned into anthropomorphic fluffy bunnies. Now, thanks to the internet, we all get to watch Natural Selection play out.

  • Wombat_socho

    It’s ALWAYS white privilege. /sarc

  • http://www.blackmailersdontshoot.com/ ChandlersGhost

    Dude, why are you chewing my leg? Don’t you know you’re like, a peaceful creature?

  • RS

    Almost missed this at Hoft’s:

    Kijera makes the outrageous claim that dependency on white people causes them to act out against them. She alludes that this was the reason for her attack. (Quoted from US Patriot)

    Kijera has an epiphany. If you subsidize dependency you don’t get gratitude. Someone send her a membership card to the TEA Party.

  • http://wizbangblog.com/ Adjoran

    Ain’t it always?

  • http://wizbangblog.com/ Adjoran

    Except when it’s “half-white” privilege, according to Salon.

    Seems even they are about to throw Obama under the bus!

  • http://wizbangblog.com/ Adjoran

    That was back before we knew about “bear privilege.”

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  • Joe Dokes

    That’s what made it merely “almost more” than she could bear. Had it been a white man violently raping her, it would have been truly unbearable, but his being black was evidently a mitigating factor in his favor.

  • Joe Dokes

    The Left doesn’t care about what happens to brown people one inch beyond whatever ideological mileage that can be wrung from them. It’s easy to view humanity that way when you accept the premise nobody really exists as an individual.

  • Bozikek

    “He didn’t care that I was a Yogi Bear scholar”

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  • http://boogieforward.us/ K-Bob

    Then there’s the famous joke the UN keeps playing on these poor, disposessed people, where they send in peacekeepers to help address the unfairness brought about by the white patriarchy.

    Naturally, “peacekeeping” involves raping young girls.

  • cmdr358

    Call me cynical, but I cannot feel sorry for fools who intentionally put themselves in harms way while trying to do something that will make themselves feel good.

    It’s one thing to rush into a dangerous situation in order to aid someone in grave danger. Adrenaline and sense of duty kick in and you just go and try to be of assistance.
    It is utter foolishness entirely for a woman to venture into Haiti alone to ” aid in the struggle blah, blah, blah.” Likewise for Americans to go “hiking” in Afghanistan or for a U.S. soldier to walk out and attempt to commiserate with the Taliban.
    When bad things happen because you do foolish things what can you expect?

  • cmdr358

    Well if the evil white European colonialists had never gone to the African continent those poor people would be enjoying the sedate pastoral life of their ancestors so yes it is our fault.

    I humbly denounce myself and my Irish, English and German ancestors!

    I feel better now! Anybody else?

  • RichFader

    Why do rapists rape? Not to discount any political or social angles to the act, but there are other ways to act those out. Just maybe, rapists rape because, like the cowboy in “Blazing Saddles”, they like rape.

    Call it “Brooks’ Bris Knife”.

  • cmdr358

    “Piecekeeping” as it were?