Thursday, January 24, 2008

Who's to blame for the Hovey Street murders?

On Monday, Jan. 14, 2008, five men broke into a home on the 3200 block of Hovey St. in Indianapolis, looking for drugs and money. They found Gina Hunt, 24, and her son Jordan, 23 months, and Andrea Yarrell, 24, and her daughter, Charlii, 4 months. One man unleashed a volley of shots from a Glock, killing the women and children. The perpetrators and the victims were black. Read more at

A recent discussion of the Hovey case on What About Our Daughters evolved into a discussion of how the poor choices of Hunt and Yarrell resulted in the women's deaths and the those of their children. Okay. Duly noted. But shouldn't most of our anger be reserved for the five men who callously murdered two women and two BABIES over weed?

As I commented on Professor Tracey's post on WAOD:

Why is our community loathe to place blame and/or responsibility on the shoulders of black men who commit crimes. Whether it is Genarlow Wilson or R. Kelly or Mike Tyson or O.J. Simpson, there is always an extraneous circumstance, always an excuse, always some unusually high culpability placed on the victim, always some conspiracy theory involving Colombian drug lords, aliens or the CIA. We can never seem to say, "He did it; may he receive a fair punishment." So, predators and deviants and violent monsters take shelter in our communities, safe in the knowledge that nothing will make the black community turn on a black man, unless maybe he votes Republican or something. The main victims of this disturbing tendency are black women and children.

Understand, I know this country has a deplorable record of injustice against black men. Brothers have been set up, unduly incarcerated and exterminated. Still the good black men that I know, get up every day and do the right thing for themselves, their families and their communities. It is a slap in the face of righteous black men when we excuse those who prey on society, their neighborhoods, women, children--whoever--to "get theirs." But inexplicably our community protects them, we "stop snitching" and we blame their victims, especially when they are black women:

...If that young girl wasn't so fast...
...You know I heard she was involved with drugs...
...Well she went up to his room...
...Them young girls shouldn't have been dating thugs...
...Anyway, I don't want to see another black man go to jail...

And so the urban American Janjaweed continue to rape and pillage unbothered.

I believe in personal responsibility. Yes, I do. I try to make the best decisions I can to keep myself and my family safe. But there is no safety in a community that is so attached to the narrative of the black man oppressed by the system that it will protect and celebrate even the most foul abusers, even if doing so leads to the community's destruction.

Rest in peace, Gina, Jordan, Andrea and Charlii. You surely did not deserve this.

Read ongoing coverage of the Hovey Street murders on Aunt Jemima's Revenge here.

Listen to an hourlong Black Women's Roundtable tonight at a special time, 9:30 p.m. EST. The topic, according to Gina, will be: "The rise of barbarism, the unraveling of civilization, and how individual choices will not immunize you from harm in the middle of anarchy."

Listen to Black Women's Roundtable on internet talk radio


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