Friday, September 4, 2009

And the War against Women Continues: 18-year-old Mildred Beaubrun is Gone. Forever.

The above photo is of Mildred Beaubrun who was mercilessly and atrociously shot and killed when she and her friends refused to give their numbers to a group of guys they didn't know.

It's all just unbearable. And unrelenting. And infuriating. And so, so sad.

What follows is horrifying, and is from this website.

May she rest in peace. I send out my condolences to her family and friends.

Cops: Girl Shot For Rejecting Strangers

On May 18, 2008 cops say 18-year-old Mildred Beaubrun left Club Firestone in Orlando, Fla. with two of her friends and headed to 7-Eleven to get gas and drinks.

As the girls were pulling out of the gas station, headed west on Colonial Drive, cops say three guys in a silver PT Cruiser or Chevrolet HHR pulled up next to them.

Cops say the guys started cat-calling and asking the girls for their numbers, but when they weren’t acknowledged, they turned to name-calling. Then, one of the girls threw something and hit the guys’ car.

Thinking the confrontation was over, cops say the girls turned right and stopped at a stoplight at the corner of John Young Parkway and Princeton Street. But the guys pulled up next to them.

Cops say one of the guys pulled out a gun and fired into the girls’ car, hitting Mildred. Cops believe she saw the gun and tried to duck. The bullet hit her in the back and traveled up her torso.

She survived for several weeks in the hospital in a coma, but died on June 3, 2008.

The guys may also have been at Club Firestone that night and could have followed the girls from there.

Cops Seek Three In Young Girl's Killing

Police released this sketch of the man witnesses say was driving that night.

Cops say the other girls in the car weren’t hurt and were able to provide police with sketches of two of the guys, but didn’t get a good look at the third.

One is described as a man in his 30's or 40’s, who appeared older than the other guys in the car, with long dreads, a full beard and a Haitian bandanna around his neck. Cops say he was sitting in the passenger seat of the car.

The driver was a man in his 20’s with short hair, a goatee and glasses, according to police. Witnesses are unsure who fired the gun.

The guys may also have been at Club Firestone that night and could have followed the girls from there, Det. Mike Moreschi of the Orlando Police Department said. The club hosted one of several Haitian events held in Orlando that weekend.

Mildred grew up in the Orlando, Fla. area, but her mother was from Haiti. She attended Olympia High School and was no longer in school at the time of the shooting.

So far, the tips cops have received haven’t panned out, and they’re looking for new leads.

If you have information about this crime -- or know who these men might be -- call our hotline at 1-800-CRIME-TV and put these dangerous criminals behind bars.

Presumed Heterosexual, and...


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Men's War Against Women: No Truce in Sight

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A friend of mine was racially and sexually assaulted recently, with aggressive words so contemptuously aimed at her, the only Black woman on a street among white women, I wouldn't even consider printing them here. He chose her to abuse from among the group of women, not known to one another. Later, when she sought support, a "feminist" male friend told her it must have been her "energy" that drew him to her. To that "feminist" male ex-friend: go fuck yourself, you misogynist asshole. He was basing this assessment in part on the fact that the assailant was probably psychotic. (Since when does psychosis give men a sixth sense when it comes to choosing "women appropriate to abuse"?) I find it interesting, to say the least, that even with psychosis, he knew, as a Black man, that he couldn't get away so easily doing exactly the same thing to one of the white women around her.

My brother once sexually assaulted a woman on the street he didn't know, while he was actively psychotic. Male supremacist/rapist behavior is apparently not forgotten, no matter how delusional and deranged a mental state a man is in. (And women are called crazy for calling out oppressive men!)

Another friend of mine, a white woman, has been waiting for years for the prominent man who is known for writing the 1970s hit "You Light Up My Life", who drugged and raped her in a hotel room, to face the charges in court. There were significant delays in that happening, even with several women coming forward, who don't know one another, from different periods of time (over decades), telling more or less exactly the same story of how he drugged and raped them too. This is because we live in a society that thinks the worst human atrocity is putting a rapist in jail if he hasn't been adequately proven to be a rapist, according to fucked up white male supremacist pro-rape laws.

One in three American Indian women will be raped in her lifetime. White men continue to wander onto Reservation land and rape with impunity from the U.S. governmental systems allegedly involved in protecting people on this land from terrorism.

Stories abound of white men abducting and possessing, also raping, white girls. The stories of abducted or threatened girls of color don't make major headlines.

The Curvature, among other feminist blogs and news services, have been reporting on what can only be regarded as a nauseatingly disgusting level of pro-rape misogyny by male-man judges and defense attorneys in U.S. courtrooms. The Abyss2Hope blogger effectively takes on an overtly pro-rape dickhead, with a level of patience I wouldn't be easily be able to find in myself.

What else, precisely, has to happen in this country, so systemically and repeatedly, for us to acknowledge that men are waging a sexually violent and often racist war against women?

To all those asshole men who believe in such a thing as "a war between the sexes" let me just say this: if the playing field were, in fact, level, women and their male allies would have figured out a way to destroy your privileged and protected asses centuries ago. It is only because you have such dominance, status, and positions of superiority over women in so many spheres, in so many ways, that you are getting away with this CRAP.

I welcome men, in ways that are responsible to women's concerns and safety, organising to take out P.R.I.C.K.s by any means necessary.

To any man who is spending more than one hour a week playing online video games or looking at pornography, please take at least that much time out to teach the pro-rape, pro-sexual exploitation men around you that sexually assaulting women ought to be a crime punishable by death, and make them the first cases.