Tuesday, February 1, 2011

A White Nun Falsely Accuses a Black Man of Rape

Let's just set the stage shall we:
A Brooklyn nun from a fringe Christian sect has confessed to an unholy lie: telling cops she was sexually attacked and left unconscious in a snowbank, sources said Monday.

After a police search for a hulking black man was launched, the 26-year-old white woman from the Apostles of Infinite Love convent in East Flatbush recanted, the sources said. (emphasis mine)

She told cops she made up the story in an attempt to cover up a consensual sex romp with a bodega worker inside the Glenwood Ave. residence.

A woman in religious garb who answered the door at the convent said the nun, identified as Mary Turcotte, suffered an "emotional break" and made everything up - even her excuse.

"Nothing happened, none of it," said the woman, who declined to give her name.

"It was all proven to be false. It wasn't her fault. She is going to move out and we are going to get her some help."   (source)
Let me start by saying that false rape reports are not the norm, though they have been presented as such by MRA's.  Navigating the criminal justice system, is something that is completely overwhelming for many assault victims and quite often they are shamed for being raped.  Socially we have not moved beyond the vicious myth of a rape victim asking for it, though bodily autonomy should be considered an absolute right.


Women's activists are reluctant to talk about the issue of White women falsely accusing Black men of rape, or various other crimes.  Instead of focusing on the role that race plays, we are always told to fixate on the mental breakdown.  My response to that reasoning, is that the woman in question wasn't so unstable that she didn't play the blame the black man card. White women know that they can count on the elevation of White womanhood to have their cases investigated, if they claim that the perpetrator is Black, even in cases where such accusation holds little to no merit. Rarely is much time invested into examining issues of intra-racial gender based violence because though the alleged perpetrator would also be a Black male, the body of a Black woman is seen as unrapeable.   Race plays a large role in who can be considered a victim and how their cases are treated.

POC cannot afford to simply sweep these incidents under the rug to fixate on a mental break, because they symbolize an attack against us.  As Black women we are encouraged not to attack the fact that women falsely charging men with rape is rarity, but if we ignore the incidents when the accused is a man of colour, we are supporting racism that hurts us.  The sexualized Black male savage, hiding in the bushes waiting to attack, is a product of White supremacy and it does not hurt the fight to end gender based violence to admit that this is damaging to people of colour and needs to stop.

Such an accusation could destroy a family and ruin lives.  Black men have died because of these lies and it is Black women and children that have been left to cut down their bodies, and attempt to go on without the man that they love. White women's activists love to hold onto a single narrative, because it ignores the ways in which they benefit from race.  Even though the fact that White femininity is elevated in this instances stems surely from being viewed as the property of White men, there is a resounding silence about this issue. Why is that?  Isn't activism supposed to be about achieving equality for all people?