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‘Her Perceived Sexuality’? Occupy Oakland Protesters Accused of Robbing Lesbian, Stealing Her Obama Pin

Posted on | March 4, 2012 | 15 Comments

An Oakland Tribune report of a Feb. 22 altercation at an Occupy Oakland protest leaves us attempting to read between the lines:

Three Occupy Oakland protesters suspected of stealing an Oakland woman’s wallet and making offensive remarks about her perceived sexuality were charged Friday with robbery and committing a hate crime, both felonies, authorities said.
Michael Davis, 32, Nneka Crawford, 23, and Randolph Wilkins, 24, all of Oakland, were charged with the felonies by Assistant District Attorney Paul Hora. . . .
Police said that some Occupy Oakland protesters were demonstrating against a Wells Fargo Bank branch there when a woman across the street expressed her opinion about the Occupy movement and the way it’s being handled, Wingate said.
[Oakland Police Sgt. Randy] Wingate said a handful of protesters quickly surrounded her and prevented from leaving the area. Her wallet was taken from her purse, and protesters yanked a Barack Obama pin from her clothing, police said.
Wingate said she was also verbally abused, including making derogatory remarks about her perceived sexuality. A protester punched the woman, and she was bruised and scratched in the altercation.

The phrase “derogatory remarks about her perceived sexuality” is sort of a head-scratcher: Is the victim actually a lesbian, or did the Occupiers just call her something (e.g., “bull dyke”) because they wished to insult her? A report from KTVU — which has the Occupiers “calling her slurs based on their perception of her sexual orientation” — is no more helpful in determining the nature of the alleged hate crime.

Nevertheless, the fact that a woman wearing an Obama pin is not safe from attack at an Occupy protest comes as sort of a surprise. And I wonder if there might not be a 14th Amendment “equal protection” case to be made against this hate crime law: What if a heterosexual housewife wearing a Ronald Reagan T-shirt had been attacked by Occupiers who called her a “breeder”? Wouldn’t that also be a hate crime? If not, why not?

Also, what about “slut”? We know that Rush Limbaugh can’t say “slut” on the radio without causing a major controversy, and doesn’t that word describe a “perceived sexuality”? 

Finally, if “perceived sexuality” is to be so zealously protected, would the Oakland Police press hate-crime charges against protesters if they shouted “bitter old spinster” at Maureen Dowd?


15 Responses to “‘Her Perceived Sexuality’? Occupy Oakland Protesters Accused of Robbing Lesbian, Stealing Her Obama Pin”

  1. Stop Robbing the Lesbians! Behave Yourselves!
    March 4th, 2012 @ 12:25 pm

    […] Stacy on “perceived sexuality.” […]

  2. DaveO
    March 4th, 2012 @ 12:38 pm

    Depends. Does MoDo wear a mullet?

  3. Rose
    March 4th, 2012 @ 1:03 pm


  4. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    March 4th, 2012 @ 1:35 pm

    I linked you to this.  My goal is to out fluke Sandra Fluke and out link Camp of the Saints!

  5. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    March 4th, 2012 @ 1:42 pm

    I linked you to this!     Pretty soon these TOM links are going to be like Orcs falling to Legolas and Gimli!

  6. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    March 4th, 2012 @ 1:43 pm

    Bob, you are up.  

  7. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    March 4th, 2012 @ 1:43 pm

    She wears a wig like Carville when he goes out trolling for Republicans.  

  8. Adjoran
    March 4th, 2012 @ 2:49 pm

    You can have lunch with Mo Dowd, but remember not to give her nine tana leaves in her tea, mmmkay?  Bad things will happen.

  9. AnonymousDrivel
    March 4th, 2012 @ 2:57 pm

    Point of Order

    Did you have a falling out with Hot Air? I don’t see you linked in the “Hot Links” section.

  10. Bob Belvedere
    March 4th, 2012 @ 5:56 pm

    I love your spunk EBL and I’ve been admiring your utterly shameless blogwhoring [brought a Goddamn tear to my eye – my blog daughter!], but don’t poke this bear.

  11. DaveO
    March 4th, 2012 @ 6:59 pm

    She has been on a roll lately. Curious as to why RSM is no longer linked Hot Air.

  12. ThoughtsR
    March 4th, 2012 @ 9:27 pm

    scum, scum, and wait for it…scum. nuff said

  13. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    March 4th, 2012 @ 10:51 pm

    Did Gimli or Legolas really care about the count?  It was the joy of killing orcs that mattered.  

  14. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    March 4th, 2012 @ 11:15 pm

    And given I am a shameless blogwhore, I know one when I see one…Sandra Fluke I am of course referring to you!  But here is a hint, if you need money for contraception, just have a tip jar next to your bed and shake it.  That is the Stacy McCain way!  

  15. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    March 5th, 2012 @ 2:00 am