Maybe if the community disrespected women who live this sort of lifestyle she would’ve been less likely to get knocked up six times by a bunch of drug dealers, then taken up with yet another.
And while I’m not a fan of our drug laws, and I agree with reason’s Radley Balko that these door-break searches too often have tragic consequences, and for those who are not perps…the fact remains that the police generally don’t seek [sic] break down the doors of homes of women who’ve had five boyfriends who are all, say, accountants, architects, or managers at Subway.
Not surprisingly, black leaders are outraged. Also not surprisingly, their outrage is not directed at women in the black community who squeeze out litters of fatherless children, or the men who fuck and run, or fuck, deal drugs, and go to directly jail.
Well, there’s a raid making national headlines right now where the police broke down the door of a woman whose husband is the town mayor. They’re both white. Will that work?
How about the 2005 Baltimore raid that took the life of Cheryl Lynn Noel, a married mother of two? How about the 2006 raid that ended with the death of 38-year-old optometrist Salvatore Culosi? The 2006 raid that killed 92-year-old Kathryn Johnston? Maybe the one that killed 57-year-old Alberta Spruill? What sins, I wonder, did Pam and Frank Myers commit for them to deserve to have their door broken in and their dog slaughtered last November? How about Philadelphia resident Diana Al-Bynum and her husband last September?
I could go on.
Distasteful as I find Alkon’s premise to be (and by distasteful I mean, “dehumanizing and racist”), I’d advise she browse this page. Or this one. She’ll find that “women in the black community who squeeze out litters of fatherless children” actually make up a pretty small percentage of the victims of these tactics.