A Woman Was Lynched Today

Saturday, October 07, 2006

 

Response To A Question

This blog is an interesting idea but I was wondering something. What basis is the statement that these women were killed based their gender made on?


It's a question that was anticipated. It's not one that can be answered in a lot of cases but this isn't a court room.

There are clearly men killing women and girls, more of those than could just be by chance. I am taking the FBI statistics and the conclusions drawn from them at their word. There are enough of those murders and attacks to have a terrorizing effect on women and girls and to create widely accepted social conventions that there are places and times that women don’t have a right to go to places of public accommodation. The wisdom of avoiding danger is one thing, the assumption that women exercising their rights as human beings are to blame if they are attacked and killed is certainly another and it is not just. Any person of either gender should avoid known dangers, everyone should fight against injustice. The onus for these crimes has to be removed from victims and potential victims and placed where it belongs, on the criminals. Change the word “woman” to “African-American” or a number of other ethnic identities and see the effect.

It is clear that in these cases the fact that the murderer is a man and the victims are women indicate that the murderer believed he was entitled to kill the woman. Would he have killed a man? In most cases we don't know but we do know that he didn't choose to kill a man but did a woman. I firmly believe in some cases the man is acting out a role model learned from the culture or the media. In these cases it is specifically believed this is how a "real man" is supposed to act.

Is the fact that in some cases the victim knew her killer relevant? Why? A lot of victims of crimes of all sorts know the criminal. What does that matter? For a lot of these women there seems to be the assumption that even their own homes are places they had no right to expect to be safe. How many of them were blamed for “being involved with a man who was dangerous”. How many of them are killed by men with no record of violence before? Not safe in public and not safe in their homes. Under those conditions is there any place a woman has a right to expect to live safely?

This blog can't answer a lot of questions. This is a warning flag, it is a call for people who might have the ability to stop these crimes to make a more serious effort. And I most definitely include the media in that, the promotion and glamorization of violence against women is a contributing factor in some of these crimes and to the attitude too many people have about those crimes. Of course the people with the greatest ability to stop these crimes are the potential criminals themselves. If they can be inhibited from killing women, even if in only some cases, it’s worth risking errors. Waiting for infallible judgement which is never going to come is no reason to delay the attempt.

Comments:
"This blog can't answer a lot of questions."

I guss that I should hesitate to ask, but what makes these crimes "lynchings"?

From Merriam-Webster's Online: lynch--to put to death (as by hanging) by mob action without legal sanction
 
Anonymous, I guess since I came up with the name of the blog, I did. Please read my explaination posted on the second day as to why it is named what it is.

The definitions of words change as understanding changes. But in the end it's what happens that matters, not the words that are used to name it.
 
by your logic white people also lack the 'right to go to places of public accommodation.' if a rich white person is a victim of a violent crime in the 'wrong' environment (say an inner city slum in the middle of the night) they are also met with the subconcious questions: 'what were you doing there? why did you put yourself in that position?' it's almost as though we have a tendency to hold people accountable for their personal decisions! well, except politicians.

by your logic black people feel a similar feeling of entitlement to commit acts of violence against white people.

also, by your logic, even more men feel 'entitled' to commit acts of violence against fellow men than feel 'entitled' to commit violent acts against women.

framing the crimes the way you do, i'm puzzled by what your possible solution to the problem would be. i mean, wouldn't special laws to protect 'poor, helpless women' against 'big, bad men' just be another condescending attempt by the patriarchy to control women, in the guise of protecting them?
 
Generik, did I ever say that women were the only victims of crime based on identity?

Does the existence of other identity based crimes make these women any less dead at the hands of men?

More than one thing can be true at the same time but this blog is dedicated specifically to exposing one kind of crime. If you would like to start a blog dedicated to other injustices I would say that is a good idea.
 
Let me guess, generik and anonymous are men.
 
New case. From northjersey.com-

N. Bergen man fatally stabs wife, leaps to death

Friday, October 6, 2006

NORTH BERGEN -- Only Yong Tal Kim would know why he stabbed his wife early Wednesday. But he took that reason with him when he took his own life, authorities said Thursday.

Kim, 86, stabbed his wife, 75-year-old Meeok Choi, several times sometime before 8 a.m. Wednesday before leaping to his death from the couple's third-floor apartment on Grand Avenue near 63rd Street, said Hudson County First Assistant Prosecutor Gaetano Gregory.

His body was discovered Wednesday afternoon atop the North Bergen Emergency Medical Services garage, Gregory said.

Identification that Kim was carrying led investigators to the couple's apartment, and the dead woman's body at the adjacent Column Apartments, he said.

Because the apartment complex sits on a hill, the garage roof is about 40 feet below the couple's apartment window, Gregory said.

Autopsies conducted Thursday confirmed Kim died of blunt force trauma from the fall, while Choi died of sharp-force injuries to the chest, Gregory said.

Investigators were told that the Kims had bickered about money, the assistant prosecutor said.

However, he said, "other than the tragedy that happened, we're never going to know what happened."

-- Jason Tsai
 
Note: I've had to be away from my computer for the past day and today. That means that I can't do posting to this blog. Please excuse the pause. I will try to resume tonight

olvlzl
 
This is premature, but I have little doubt of the outcome, sadly.

olvlzl - I notice that the comments are showing the time of posting, but not the date, and it is getting confusing to follow.
 
Now, an arrest.
 
Hi,

Can you please clarify what the four women per day statistic refers to, specifically?

Thanks.
 
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