Apology To BW Gang Raped By WM 67 Years Ago
Posted in the African-American Forum
#1 Feb 11, 2013
ALA. LAWMAKERS APOLOGIZE TO BLACK WOMAN RAPED BY WHITE MEN 67 YEARS AGO
Apr. 21, 2011 11:01pm
MONTGOMERY, Ala.(AP) The Alabama Legislature has officially apologized to an elderly black woman who was raped nearly seven decades ago by a gang of white men as she walked home from church.
The Senate gave final approval Thursday on a voice vote to a resolution that expresses deepest sympathy and deepest regrets to Recy Taylor, now 91 and living in Florida. She told The Associated Press last year that she believes the men who attacked her in 1944 are dead but that she still wanted an apology from the state of Alabama.
The House approved the resolution last month. It now goes to Gov. Robert Bentley, who said Thursday hes not personally familiar with details of the case, but sees no reason why he wouldnt sign it.
Reached by phone Thursday by the AP, Taylor said she welcomed the Legislatures action.
I think thats nice, she said.Its been a long time. Im satisfied.
The resolution by Democratic state Rep. Dexter Grimsley of Newville says the failure to prosecute the men was morally abhorrent and repugnant. He has said police bungled the investigation and harassed Taylor, and local leaders recently acknowledged that her attackers escaped prosecution in part because of racism.
The AP does not typically identify victims of sexual assault but is using her name because she has publicly identified herself.
Taylor was 24 when she was confronted by seven men who forced her into their car at knife- and gun- point and drove her to a deserted grove of trees where six of the men raped her in Abbeville in southeastern Alabama. She was then left on the side of the road in an isolated area.
Two all-white, all-male grand juries refused to indict the suspects after the attack. Recy Taylors brother, 74-year-old Robert Corbitt, said law enforcement authorities tried to blame the attack on his sister. He said his family was threatened after the attack, his sisters house was firebombed and his father had to guard the house.
Im so glad they (the Legislature) decided to do the right thing, Corbitt said.
Corbitt said Taylor is in poor health, but he hopes she will come back to Abbeville by Mothers Day in May. Grimsley said he hopes to present her with a copy of the resolution at that time.
Taylor said officials in Abbeville expressed regret that she was not present earlier this year when her hometown issued an apology in the case.
Since I wasnt there, they said they shouldve had somebody on the phone to let me know that they were sorry about the length of time that its been, she said.I dont even know what they said. They said they did the wrong thing.
Taylor has returned to Abbeville frequently since moving to Florida more than 30 years ago and said she expects to visit her brother there next month. She is not sure she will feel differently now that the town has apologized.
A lot of people have gone on, she said.Theres nobody to fear there now.
There was no opposition to the resolution in the Legislature and no debate in the Senate before Thursdays vote.
The family deserves someone to say that was a tragedy and the lady was done wrong, said Republican Sen. Scott Beason of Gardendale, chairman of the Rules Committee that asked the Senate to approve the resolution.
Democratic Sen. Billy Beasley, whose district includes Abbeville, said Taylor wanted an apology and the Senate wanted to provide one.
#2 Feb 11, 2013
ALA. LAWMAKERS APOLOGIZE TO BLACK WOMAN RAPED BY WHITE MEN 67 YEARS AGO (continued)
The state of Alabama apologizes for the incident that occurred to Mrs. Taylor many years ago, and we wish Gods speed for her and continued best wishes, Beasley said.
Grimsley said the apology shows Alabama officials were able to do the right thing on a racial matter.
I think its going to take things like this for the state to move forward from the racial turmoil of the past, he said.
Grimsley said he pushed the apology through the Legislature for Taylor.
I just knew I had to do something for her while shes still here, he said.
Taylors story, along with those of other black women attacked by white men during the civil rights era, is told in At the Dark End of the Street, a book by Danielle McGuire, a professor at Wayne State University in Detroit. Activists including Rosa Parks took up the causes of Taylor and others, but their efforts were later overshadowed by other civil rights battles.
Since: Feb 13
#4 Feb 11, 2013
I remember this. Good thing she's still alive. 67 yrs later. I don't think those white men received any punishment even though they admitted to raoing her. A blk man would get the electric chair for looking at a WW the wrong way.
Maybe this is why blk women built up a tough attitude. Blk women were beaten by grown white men fir not Ieaving their seat on the bus and then beaten by the cops and arrested. And while bloody taken in front of a judge and fined. I read memoirs of bw that went through things like that. So maybe how they were forced to be tough was passed on in how they raised their daughters and so on.
Frank you're the main one that talk about bw on here so you should be ashamed.
Since: Feb 13
#5 Feb 11, 2013
I couldn't imagine living in a time where a woman can be raped by seven men and they walk free. But then your men couldn't even glance at a ww without being threatened with violence or death.
I cnt describe how it mustve made blk ppl feel back then.
#6 Feb 12, 2013
I have NEVER LIED on black women, Aziya!!!!
Any criticism I have given about black women, you can BEST BELIEVE that THEY DID SOMETHING to DESERVE IT!!!!!
#7 Feb 12, 2013
But you didn't say that I "lied"...you said that I "talked about bw", right Aziya???
Well, with a 65% DIVORCE RATE and 70% of their kids being HALF RAISED in homes WITHOUT FATHERS, black women need to KNOW THEIR FAULTS, and what THEY are doing WRONG and DESTROYING their households, stop LISTENING to WHITE SOCIETY and OPRAH, saying it's the fault of "black men", OWN UP to THEIR ROLE in the DESTRUCTION of THEIR FAMILIES, and FACE the UGLY TRUTH!!!!!!!
#8 Feb 12, 2013
A man should NEVER be ashamed for telling the TRUTH!
I think you're a good black woman, by the way!
No pun intended, but I call a spade a spade!
#9 Feb 12, 2013
Your insecurities come from your childhood! I don't know if you were raped, molested or abused by your family members!
You need to see a Mental Health Specialist! When a person goes around harassing folks online all the time, reclusive, seeks out porn, enjoy's being a "Scoffer" you've been abused as well as you enjoy abusing others!
That's what Fools and Scoffers do! Its rooted in bitterness and pride like the Bible says!
You should see a Mental Health specialist; everybody is not out to get you! Every Black woman doesn't hate Black men but they acknowledge what's going on the race and have to "Save themselves" from further abuses!
YOU NEED TO GO TO CHURCH, PRAY AND ASK GOD FOR HELP AS WELL AS SEEK MENTAL HEALTH SPECIALIST; SOMETHING IS WRONG WITH YOU!
Black women dating/marrying and refuse abusive black males or refusing to date down, moving on and marrying out should CONSUMED YOUR ENTIRE LIFE AND WHEN A PERSON IS AT THAT POINT THEY NEED MENTAL HEALTH SPECIALIST!
You haven't done anything for the race so what is your problem? You said your choice is for White women only for the last 35 years so why do you go around from forum to forum to Youtube harassing YOung Black women who date/marry out like you did?
As much wrong as many Black men do, I don't blame them for moving on. Really who wants to deal with a man like you?
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