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Woman charged in Clermont case of reported assault

The sheriff’s office responded just after 9 a.m. concerning a report of a sexual assault.

When deputies and investigators arrived, they found Moore had a minor stab wound to her abdomen. She told authorities she had been raped and stabbed by a masked black male in her home, who then stole jewelry items and fled.

She was taken to Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville and treated for an injury that wasn’t life-threatening.

The sheriff’s office, along with Georgia Bureau of Investigation agents, began an investigation.

They later determined “Moore was not the victim of a crime and that her stab wound is consistent with being self-inflicted,” the release states.

Fox Personalities Lecture Civil Rights Leaders On What They Should Have Said During the March On Washington

Fox’s O’Reilly On Marc Morial’s Speech: “That Kind Of Grievance-Mongering Does The Cause Of Civil Rights No Good At All.” On the August 28 edition of his Fox News show, O’Reilly acknowledged that many of the speeches commemorating the March on Washington “were uplifting and respectful to America, but not all.” After playing a clip of the National Urban League chairman Marc Morial’s speech, O’Reilly criticized him commenting, “That kind of grievance-mongering does the cause of civil rights no good at all.” [Fox News, The O’Reilly Factor,8/28/13]


Fox’s Bolling: Lewis Missed An Opportunity “To Address The Issues” Of Marriage And Education. On the August 28 edition of The Five, co-host Eric Bolling opened up a discussion on the March on Washington commemoration by criticizing Lewis’ speech for including comments on stop-and-frisk laws and the death of Trayvon Martin instead of commenting on marriage and education. His co-host Andrea Tantaros agreed with Bolling, adding: “all of the problems in the black community, John Lewis didn’t include.” [Fox News, The Five, 8/28/13]

Whiteness is not the neutral storyteller

First of all, when white writers, white producers, etc. tend to show a keen interest in POC so long as drugs, prison, murder, and overall ratchet culture are involved, they’re not interested in POC.  They fascinated with POC pathology, so let’s just get that straight.

Second of all, whiteness is not the neutral storyteller.  Whiteness is the white storyteller who tells us tales of a world beginning and ending with white people.  A world in which POC are not valued or relevant unless they have some of form of a white endorsement.  A world in which POC are dysfunctional and need a white savior to fix them.  A world in which whiteness is moral, brave, beautiful, and heroic while anything outside whiteness is not or, at least, a lesser version thereof.

Vigil Held For Islan Nettles, Transgendered Woman Killed in Harlem

Mourners gathered in Harlem on Thursday night to remember Islan Nettles, the 21-year-old transgender woman who was beaten to death last week. Nettles was walking with friends on August 17 when she was confronted by a group of men. Once the men realized that Nettles and her friends were transgender, they verbally and physically assaulted them. The attack happened one block away from a local police station.


Nettles died days later at Harlem Hospital after she was declared brain dead.

Miley Cyrus, Feminism and The Struggle For Black Recognition

Most of the responses following Cyrus’ performance have been a conversation of the unconventional way in which she expressed her sexuality on the VMAs stage and the slut-shaming that ensued. Many feminists have since rushed to her defense and appropriately prompted us all to question our immediate negative response to Cyrus’ choice sexual presentation. And don’t get me wrong, it’s a valid stance—in the sense that slut-shaming is certainly a habit that supports rape culture and demanding that society recognizes a woman’s sexual autonomy is hard and necessary work. Back when Cyrus was being sexual without involving the appropriation of my blackness, I was totally on board. Now? Not so much.

Here’s where the racial fissures in feminism come out: by all means, defend a woman’s right to govern her own body; it’s great that white feminists have that goal at the top of their lists. But meanwhile, as a woman of color, I’m still defending my right to actually be considered a body at all and not decoration. Expressing your sexuality at my expense isn’t okay. You don’t get to claim sexual freedom while simultaneously perpetuating the oppression of another body. When you feel the need to express your sexuality by turning my body into an accessory, the black feminist in me—two identities which I refuse to separate—can’t have your back anymore. The feminist struggle is a struggle for autonomy. It’s a fight for recognition and full-body respect. But in Cyrus’ search for and exploration of her sexual identity, she limits my autonomy as a woman of color. She appropriates it. She cheapens it. She effectively uses the identity and lived experiences of so many women of color as a crutch for her career.

Fifty Years After the March, White People Are Still a Disgrace

White people have to make judgments. Their status as white people depends on making judgments. This is why black criminality is a big topic with them these days. It is how they have decided to resolve the problem of an unarmed teenager having been shot to death while walking home. Statistically, white people say, it makes sense to shoot a teenager if he’s black. Or at least it makes sense to be prepared to shoot the black teenager.

It is a perilous world, the world white people inhabit. Murder and rioting are always just around the corner, lurking in the shadows. White people have been killing trees and clearing farmland for decades to get away from that corner, to build streets that don’t even have corners. And still the white people are angry and afraid. Still they feel threatened or cheated.

On Hurricane Katrina’s Eighth Anniversary New Orleans Residents Still Rebuilding

Storytelling and community building continue to be important tools for helping residents cope with the past and rebuild their lives. One of projects to emerge in the wake of Hurricane Katrina is the “Land of Opportunity,” a film project that developed an interactive platform for Katrina survivors to share their experiences. The project is teaming up with Sandy Storyline, a documentary project focusing on Hurricane Sandy in New York, to build ties between these recovery efforts. 

Latina Filmmaker Vanessa Libertad Garcia Dies at Age 29

The daughter of Cuban immigrants, Garcia was born and raised in Los Angeles. She was an out lesbian, and her queer Latina identity inspired much of her work. Already she had amassed an impressive portfolio, including being an associate producer for the award-winning PBS series “Maid in America” about women domestic workers and self-publishing a book of poems and short-stories titled The Voting Booth After Dark: Despicable, Embarrassing, Repulsive.”