West Virginia: Black Woman Beaten, Tortured, and Raped By White...

Mobile home, left, and tool shed in Big Creek, W.Va., where authorities say 20-year-old Megan Williams, a black woman, was allegedly held captive for at least a week and tortured by six white individuals. Full Story
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NanaSawyer

Oklahoma City, OK

#1 Sep 12, 2007
It is hard to believe that out of SIX people not one had the heart or brains to say this is wrong. I hope they get paid back over and over again for the rest of their lives. My heart hurts for the young girl that had to be put through such a horrid deal. Thank goodness for the person that tipped off the police, if they had not gone there when they did and found her, who knows how it would have ended.
Matamoros

South San Francisco, CA

#2 Sep 12, 2007
Interesting how they make sure you know that the perpetrators are Caucasian and the victim is black, this is NEVER reported in the cases (which are the majority) where the opposite is true.

The positive thing is that there are NO Caucasians who will defend these scum bags by saying that they were “oppressed” or were from “bad homes”, a bullet each to the back of the head and a shallow unmarked grave is all they deserve!
Sickofit

Cherryville, NC

#3 Sep 12, 2007
Matamoros wrote:
Interesting how they make sure you know that the perpetrators are Caucasian and the victim is black, this is NEVER reported in the cases (which are the majority) where the opposite is true.
The positive thing is that there are NO Caucasians who will defend these scum bags by saying that they were “oppressed” or were from “bad homes”, a bullet each to the back of the head and a shallow unmarked grave is all they deserve!
You have got to be kidding me! African Americans have been victims of hate crimes and sexual assaults, inflicted by white people from the beginning of time, to the point where there was a time when it was legal. It's been statistically proven that hate crimes are more often than not performed by caucasions. Caucasions are the only race that have huge groups known, and often funded, nationwide, that are founded on hate of other races. If your comment were true and they don't communicate race when it's black on white crime, then how the hell do you know about it or the fact that it's what happens most often? There's no way you would know so your statement was ignorance based. I will however, commend you for agreeing that this was a heinous act. People that live in denial rarely admit when a wrong is done. At least you are capable of that. Maybe there's hope for you to eventually see reality. I will also note that all the comments I witness on all the boards thus far have been posted by white people, all whom are appaulled and disgusted by this story. The fact that one white person would see this as an opportunity to come up with a derogatory comment like yours does however further sadden me.
ABC

United States

#4 Sep 12, 2007
Matamoros wrote:
Interesting how they make sure you know that the perpetrators are Caucasian and the victim is black, this is NEVER reported in the cases (which are the majority) where the opposite is true.
The positive thing is that there are NO Caucasians who will defend these scum bags by saying that they were “oppressed” or were from “bad homes”, a bullet each to the back of the head and a shallow unmarked grave is all they deserve!
You must be very young or completely out of touch. It is ALWAYS reported with accompanying photos when Black people commit crimes.
ABC

United States

#5 Sep 12, 2007
NanaSawyer wrote:
It is hard to believe that out of SIX people not one had the heart or brains to say this is wrong. I hope they get paid back over and over again for the rest of their lives. My heart hurts for the young girl that had to be put through such a horrid deal. Thank goodness for the person that tipped off the police, if they had not gone there when they did and found her, who knows how it would have ended.
Do some research into the topic of lynching and you won't be quite so surprised.
ABC

United States

#6 Sep 12, 2007
Matamoros wrote:
Interesting how they make sure you know that the perpetrators are Caucasian and the victim is black, this is NEVER reported in the cases (which are the majority) where the opposite is true.
The positive thing is that there are NO Caucasians who will defend these scum bags by saying that they were “oppressed” or were from “bad homes”, a bullet each to the back of the head and a shallow unmarked grave is all they deserve!
Also, if you think that the bulk of crimes are committed by Black people, take a look at the crime blotters in areas where white people in the majority eg, Oregon.
Sickofit

Cherryville, NC

#7 Sep 12, 2007
ABC wrote:
<quoted text>You must be very young or completely out of touch. It is ALWAYS reported with accompanying photos when Black people commit crimes.
When it comes to how they report overall crimes commited by African Americans, that may be the case. I don't know, nor do I give a damn right now. But to squash your original comment, you state they include pictures when a black person has committed a crime. A picture is worth a thousand words. Either way, that's not what this topic open for comments is about. This is a heinous situation and if we are going to bother to comment, the topic at hand warrants our attention. Folks with ADHD need not apply. Since you wanna get into what is ALWAYS the case, let's get back on track here and do just that. How many black on white hate crimes do you see? Now how many white on black hate crimes do you see? Maybe you need a calculator so you can do it right but, you do the math. For the record, it is not my opinon this is a hate crime. There were two parent/child relationships included in that little sexual party of six. This is sick, infectious insanity looking for a place to permeate and then place blame. A black woman was where it permeated, hence race was the blame. Now, since you prefer to take it deeper, and since you want to compare races, riddle me this (do I still sound young batman?)....which race has the greater tendancy to be involved in sexual acts with family members? Oh, my badd....I digressed. I will say this and nothing more - as an African American I am not of the opinion that nothing has changed. The internet boards are full of comments, mostly from white people that were able to concentrate on the issue at hand and are appaulled by this act. Maybe had you stayed on target (or taken your ridalin), a white sheet wouldn't have been found in your dirty laundry.
Sickofit

Cherryville, NC

#8 Sep 12, 2007
ABC wrote:
<quoted text>Also, if you think that the bulk of crimes are committed by Black people, take a look at the crime blotters in areas where white people in the majority eg, Oregon.
Some inner cities have pretty high statistics for white crime as well (not to mention welfare and other statistics we are told we lead by a wide margin). But we have the tendancy to listen to the biased white run media that homeboy is trying to say is working in our favor. Interestingly enough, the city I'm from has a lot of crimes commited by blacks and whites together.....now there's a concept!
Someone

Greenville, NC

#9 Sep 12, 2007
Sickofit...Thank You! Couldn't have said it better myself.
Anger BLACK MAN

Concord, NC

#10 Sep 12, 2007
They better hope they stay in jail!!! >:(
Terryingso

United States

#11 Sep 13, 2007
anytime its a hate crime they are going to mention the details of race..and they should to raise awareness
joe

United States

#12 Sep 13, 2007
I don't care about these sick bastards' skin tone. They are filth- no matter how you spin it.

Since: Sep 07

Charleston, WV

#13 Sep 13, 2007
Some of you should be ashamed. If this were any of your family members you would be outraged. In reality this is a horrific crime whether it is black on black, white on white, or either of the two reversed. Instead of worrying about the races of all involed you should be more worried about what the hell happened to her and how we can keep it from happening to someone else. I love my family just like everyone else in the world and I be damned if I am going to let any of you turn this around and make it sound like this is all about which race commits more crime. Wether she is black, white, green or purple, none of you can tell me that it was done out of love, Hello must have been a hate crime. Anytime you do something that horrifying, to anyone you sure as hell could not tell me you loved that person or persons. As Anger BLACK MAN states, they hope they stay in jail.

Since: Sep 07

Charleston, WV

#14 Sep 13, 2007
Must correct myself. As ANGER BLACK MAN states they better hope they stay in jail. I aslo need to say that all involved. Damn I hope God forgives all of you that have had a reverse comment or believe this to something not worth all to be alarmed about.

Since: Sep 07

Charleston, WV

#15 Sep 13, 2007
joe wrote:
I don't care about these sick bastards' skin tone. They are filth- no matter how you spin it.
Finally, someone other than from NC, glad to see that you see the reality of this. Thank you..
NanaSawyer

Oklahoma City, OK

#16 Sep 13, 2007
ABC wrote:
<quoted text> Do some research into the topic of lynching and you won't be quite so surprised.
I have read a lot of lynching stories from our past, it shocked me then to read it as much as this story does. I will never understand how people can act in such a way. These animals do not deserve to live among the rest of us. I don't think they even deserve to live in our prison system.
joe

United States

#17 Sep 13, 2007
Anyone who can treat another human being the way they did that girl should be taken out and shot like a rabid dog. There is nothing that minimizes this. Nothing. These people aren't symbols of their race, they're individuals and trying to minimize what they did by turning it into some stupid argument about black vs. white is repugnant. Whomever commits more crime is irrelevant to the victim in this crime. I doubt she would feel better about it if she had been savaged by non-whites. Remember the victim.
NCStudent

Fayetteville, NC

#22 Sep 15, 2007
The last few months have been spent pointing a finger at Mike Vick for mistreatment of DOGS.....Not saying it was right. But compared to what we do as humans to each other, it really was insignificant. Concern for human life should trump all else.
Paisley

Chicago, IL

#23 Sep 15, 2007
This crime is horrible, so horrible. Too horrible for words. So shut up and pray or meditate or chant or whatever suits you. Pray for Megan and her family. Pray for yourselves and your children and families. Pray for the world. Twenty years old, Megan is just a baby, young and dumb. I have read blogs critizing and blaming Megan for having prior association with her perpetrator and first hand experience with his violence and not getting away from him before he brought her into this situation. We are all young and/or dumb at some point in our lives. Maybe she just didn't heed that gut feeling or maybe she just doesn't have it, that little voice that tells us to run from danger. Any way its stacked it is just f----d up. It seems Megan wasn't victimized just because she is black. Megan had prior domestic altercations with her initial perpetrator. Megan's victimization was personal. Her victimizers just happened to be bigots. They all have prior criminal records and at least two of them have a history of violence (killing people). That five other people all of the same sick mind were complicit in her imprisonment and torture is just beyond belief. It is not surprising that anyone so twisted would also be twisted by hate. It was a crime of hate but not a racial hate crime. It was a racially motivated crime. It was a crime committed for personal motives by people who are twisted and hateful. The use of racial epithets was only one of many weapons in their arsenal that they used against Megan. I believe the same would have happened to Megan if she were white and that the only difference would have been a substitution for the N-word they kept throwing at her. It would probably have been some other derogatory slur probably one aimed at females. This is just not a racial issue. This is an issue of humanity.

The history of black people in this country is bloody. Most people don't know just how bloody it really was up until pretty recently (the sixties and seventies) and they don't really care to know. Many people simply don't care. It doesn't affect them. They think the past should be left in the past. But the past is always with us. Still we can't allow ourselves to be perpetually spooked by the shadow of racism. We have to keep our wits about us and be vigilant but prudent.
Paisley

Chicago, IL

#24 Sep 15, 2007
Correction. I intended to say that it was NOT a racially motivated crime.

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