Friday, March 28, 2008

Open Letter 3/28/2008 Update: A New Underground Railroad is Born

Subject: The Dunbar Village Atrocity


In the past week, a rapidly-moving viral email campaign was launched, and thousands of concerned black citizens spread the word about a shocking crime against a Black woman and her 12 year old son, in which crimes against nature were committed. (read more details of the crime here)

This email, entitled “Stop Al Sharpton and the NAACP from endangering Black Women,” described a stunning betrayal in which the NAACP and Al Sharpton held a press conference and demanded bail consideration for three suspects in custody for the crime. (source1) (source2)

Concerned Black citizens all around the country were outraged by the actions of the NAACP and Al Sharpton, and many vowed to withdraw volunteering and financial support from these agencies “until they make the safety of Black women and children a priority.”

On March 24, 2008 an NAACP memo that attempted to defend this betrayal was sent to Beverly Neal, who is the Director of the NAACP’s Florida State Conference. The memo claims that the NAACP was brought into this fray by Rev. Al Sharpton. Moreover, the memo was written by Maude Ford Lee, who is President of the West Palm Beach Branch of the NAACP. (read the memo here)

On March 27,2008, activist Al Sharpton went on the air to clarify his position on the treatment of the Dunbar Village Suspects. He invited writer Tonyaa Weathersbee and blogger Arlene Fenton to his show, to discuss the matter. Rev. Sharpton claimed that he never said that the Dunbar Village suspects were being treated unfairly, and that he did not want bail for the suspects in question.

Ms Weathersbee and Ms Fenton said that their research indicated otherwise, as indicated by video footage, eyewitness accounts, and the reporting from the Florida Sun Sentinel and the Palm Beach Post.

At the end of the radio show, Al Sharpton strongly condemned any activity that would promote bail consideration for the suspects in question. Rev. Sharpton admitted that “if the suspects were white, he would have been there sooner.” He stated that this is a problem with many black civil rights organizations. He apologized and vowed to uphold his prior promise to advocate for the residents of Dunbar Village. He also challenged all activists, bloggers, and writers to be accountable to each other.

To date, the NAACP has not made an official statement denouncing the Dunbar Village Atrocity, nor have they officially expressed regret to the victim. The NAACP also has not officially retracted their statement requesting bail consideration for the alleged rapists/torturers. To our understanding, neither agency has contributed to the Victim’s Assistance Fund or created a reward program geared toward the apprehension of the remaining rapists/torturers.


WE ARE SATISFIED with Al Sharpton’s qualifying statements that he made on his radio show on 3/27/2008. We will watch to see if he fulfills his promise to advocate for the residents of Dunbar Village, and we are willing to assist any effort that promotes safer black neighborhoods in West Palm Beach, FL.

WE ARE NOT CONTENT with the reckless, irresponsible actions of the NAACP (West Palm Beach chapter). We continue to urge all black people, women especially, to refrain from volunteering or giving financially to this organization until they take our safety seriously.


We want law enforcement to make a concerted, sustained effort to apprehend the remaining suspects. We want to see a genuine reward system in place to encourage members of the community to come forward with the knowledge of the whereabouts of the remaining suspects.

We want the NAACP (West Palm Beach chapter) to reverse their position that the alleged rapists/torturers of this case should be considered for bail.

We want both the NAACP and the National Action Network to cease downgrading the gang rape/torture/atrocity of the Dunbar Village by comparing it to an unrelated gang rape, in which guns, maiming, and forced incest were not involved.

We want to see genuine victim advocacy in the form of financial support for the relocation, medical expenses, and mental therapy for the true victims in this case.

The Dunbar Village Victim Assistance Fund

Individuals who would like to donate money to the victims can go to any Wachovia Bank and donate to the St. Ann’s Victim’s Assistance Fund. Donations will go directly to the mother and her son.

St. Ann’s Catholic Church will also accept donations. Checks can be made payable to the "Dunbar Village Victim Assistance Fund - St. Ann’s".

Donations can be mailed to: St. Ann’s Catholic Church, 310 N. Olive Avenue, West Palm Beach, FL 33401

For more information about this Dunbar Village Campaign, you can visit any of the following blogs:


1 comment:

Robert said...

Is Rev. Sharpton the Chief of the Race Police? When white people are involved he rushes out of his Blackcave in his Blackmobile?

April 1, 2008

Dear Rev. Al Sharpton:

I am writing this letter to commend you on your courage. Some say you are not qualified to lead an army of worker ants, but I know the truth. You can lead even less than that.

You went to Florida to defend the “Dunbar Village 4.” You were so right to do that. They were victims of racism. All black criminals are victims of racism. The white man makes them do the things they do. The white concepts of “integrity” and “personal responsibility” are absolutely appalling. Whites want us to embrace those ridiculous concepts so they can hold us down. Black people should have nothing to do with it. The DV4 sure did not have any! Good for them! Now the entire world through the media is getting the impression that black people in America are more willing to defend their own criminals rather than the criminal’s “victims,” who are “law-abiding citizens.” Thanks to you, the world will be convinced of that. What a black leader you are!

So what if the DV4 and six other Black young men, which some call “thugs,” broke into that woman’s house at gunpoint. So what if they made her get naked and raped and tortured her for 3 hours. So what if they forced her pre-teen son get naked too and perform sexual acts on his mother. So what if the son got a plate broken over his head.. So what if that is something that he has to live with the rest of his life. So what if they poured chemicals in his eyes. So what if they had to walk to the nearest emergency room. They probably deserved all that punishment. They don’t matter anyway. After all, they are only black, Haitian even. That makes them not black enough.

When that incident happened, you did well to ignore it completely. Why? Because white folks were not involved. What’s use of being a black leader if you can’t play “Pin the Tail on the White Man”? No white men raped and tortured that woman. That’s no tragedy. Who cares if black folks commit crimes against other black folks. We are supposed to keep our mouths shut. You did well to run to the defense of Tawana Brawley. If black men raped that poor, upstanding and completely honest young black woman, it would have been a complete waste of your valuable time to get involved. (She and her mother did well to run, I mean leave town and take that defense fund money donated to them, over $100,000, with them.) Even the organization that fights for black criminals' rights, the NAACP, told “black activist” Gina McCauley, who cannot keep her nose out of other people’s business, that if that black woman and child were attacked by whites, then they would have gotten involved last summer when it happened. But since black young men did it to her and not whites, they did not think it was a tragedy at all. They declined to get involved. If white folks are not involved, it's just not worth protesting.

Black leaders like you have never worried about “integrity.”

Some narrow minded people would say, “Shame on you, Rev. Sharpton for defending black thug criminals and saying they are victims. You need to retire, and quit claiming the black leadership mantle.” Some people would say that you “play the race card like a rock star,” but I know better. You are a master of playing period! And you have proven that time after time. You have never disappointed me.

Keep being an example of black leadership in America so that the world can see.

Robert Oliver
San Diego County Times
P.O. Box 94
National City, CA 91951
773-875-6018 (cell), 619-399-3207