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I thought for a moment – asked myself if I was missing something – and then came to my senses. In doing so, I decided to search the news.google.com archive for the earliest stories on the case that I could find. Here is one from the AP (posted 6/21). Interesting, no mention of race at all in the coverage, but there was this:
“The little boy told investigators: “Mommy was crying. Mommy broke the table. Mommy’s in rug.””
“Authorities have repeatedly talked with and searched the home of the man who fathered Davis’ son, although investigators have said Canton police officer Bobby Cutts Jr. is not a suspect. Cutts, 30, says he had nothing to do with Davis’ disappearance. The woman’s family also says he is the father of Davis’ unborn baby.”
Did they say authorities have repeatedly talked with and search the home of the BLACK man who fathered Davis’ son? Nope, don’t think so.
Ok, so that is one story… what else is there? Cantonrep.com has a story about the surveillance tape of Cutts at sports bar seized. Here is what they say about Cutts:
“Cutts, a Canton police officer who was off-duty that day, came into Champs, a bar and restaurant on 30th Street NE, around 9:30 p.m. and didn’t leave until 12:30 a.m., according to bar owner John Shaheen.”
According the article was Cutts a BLACK police officer? No!
Now there are two random stories. Let’s take a third (just for shit and grins). This one comes from wkyc.com titled “Details emerge about boyfriend’s whereabouts in missing mom case”
“Early in the investigation, sheriff’s investigators said Davis’ boyfriend, Bobby Cutts Jr’s, alibi checked out. But when asked directly by a Canton newspaper reporter, Cutts would not speak of his whereabouts.”
Hmm…. No mention of Cutts being Davis’ BLACK boyfriend.
Mindy from the comment section put’s it best (spelling left as was originally posted):
interrational relationship has nothing to with the murder! I’m in a interrational marriage and have a mixed son just like Jessie Davis and my husband isn’t the sterotype rachel think he is. WHITE GIRLS get murdered every day while being pregnant or not by every race. Everyone is forgetting he is a police officer who killed his girl infront of his 2 year old son and then just left him to find for him self or maybe even die if no one found him.
Two out of the three stories do mention that Cutts is a police officer, one mentions the comments the son made… and NONE mention race.
Let me be very clear here. I DO think racial tension exists in the U.S., I just don’t think this case (as shown by the media when first reported) had anything to do with interracial sex. Sorry, Rachel, your claim that this is about interracial sex just doesn’t hold up. If there is anyone making this a racial story, it’s Rachel.
Update – please don’t complain that I didn’t take a random sample in my search for news stories. I did an ‘advanced search’ on google news with a date range from 5/19 to 6/23. The earlies stories came in on 6/21 and I pick three random from pages 1, 5 and 7.
Jessie Davis and Cutts murder – Interracial sex cause for the attention? I call Bullshit on Rachelstavern.com
Last evening I found a very interesting post over at RachelsTavern.com providing an alternative view on what the Jessie Davis/Bobby Cutts murder story – all the media attention is directly related to Interracial sex. What?!?
Before we even look at why she claims this to be the true cause for the attention, let us take a look at Rachel’s background. From her about section:
“Rachel is a sociology professor who lives and blogs in the New York City metro area. Her research and teaching focus on race, African American Studies, gender, sexuality, and popular culture.”
I bring this up so we understand where Rachel is coming from when she makes her statements. That said, let’s take a look at why she says this is about interracial sex.
Rachel wanted to see what people were thinking, and this is where she make her very first substantial comment case:
“I went around to a few blogs, and I visited AOL Blackvoices and a couple white supremacist message boards to see what they were saying, and quite frankly it was horrible….I can’t tell you how many racist and misogynistic comments I read; and not surprisingly the white supremacists were giddy over this case.”
So wait, were you looking for a general view of what society was thinking about this murder investigation or were you looking for the most extreme opinions of what the fringe of society was thinking? I mean, did you truly expect to see white supremacists says anything less than happy about this?
How many expected mother websites did you visit to see their reactions? How many forums focused on Grandmothers did you visit? How many law enforcement forums did you visit? Were they all saying the victim was “white trash”? Better yet, did you look at any Media blogs or forums, and if so, how many of them were talking about it as an interracial sex issue?
The piece of evidence she points out is the Christopher Vaughn murder story (which I spoke about a few days back). While the case was equally graphic and disturbing, it hardly had any coverage in the nation media. And this where Rachel makes her claim:
“I agree that white women victims get much more attention than Black, Asian, Latino, and American Indian women, and I agree that race is a big factor in the media attention the case has gotten, but I would be more specific than Terrence. It’s about interracial sex.”
Again, wait, what?
She then goes one to say:
“Interracial crimes make big sensational news stories, but crimes that involve interracial sexuality arouse the deepest passions of American bigotry. The OJ Simpson case, the Duke Rape, the Kobe Bryant rape case, and now this one–they all have tremendous sexual overtones.”
So, the OJ Simpson was given the attention because of interracial sex? Not the fact that a former Football superstar was involved? Not the fact that the crime was so severe? Not because the actual trial became a circus?
The Duke rape case was about interracial sex? You mean the attention wasn’t due to the fact that the case involved a major, and well respected, institution of higher learning or because of a sports team? You mean that it wasn’t because a number of people allegedly involved in the crime? You mean that it wasn’t because of the politics of the prosecutor?
Also, the Kobe Bryant case didn’t get the attention because he is a superstar or because he tried to hid the event? You mean it wasn’t because of the infidelity he committed?
Nope, according to Rachel – these all got the attention because of the interracial sex.
This is where things get really interesting. Rachel points to her own website, and it’s traffic, as proof that society is obsessed with race and sex. You know what, that very well may be the case. We me be obsessed with it, we may be obsessed with race and sex but that does not mean we are obsessed with both topics concurrently.
She then goes to show some of the searches ran on her site:
- black men impregnating white women stories
- savages on blondes
- Biracial family pictures black and white
- BLACK ATHLETE MARRYING WHITE WOMEN
- Black men breeding white girls
- black negro slave woman naked pictures
- black women with white men in adult movies
- differences between white and black women’s breasts
- blacks in bed sexing
- george lucas in love black women
- how do you feel about interracial relationship
So, as you already established you are researcher and teacher who focuses on race, African American Studies, gender, sexuality, and popular culture. You run a website that focuses on these very same topics. What kind of searches did you expect to have? Did you expect people looking for information on the rain in Texas or the wildfires out west? No, you are going to get searches that relate to the topic on your site!
The search request that are more sexual, that is to say “blacks in bed sexing” are, most likely, people who came to your site thinking it was a porn site and wanted to find things that related to their fetish.
Here is why the case received so much attention – the son. The impact of the comments he made to his grandmother “Mommy was crying. Mommy broke the table. Mommy’s in rug.”
This is the comment that was said over and over and over. The news pounded this into our heads from the very beginning and was closely followed by the fact that the woman was pregnant and was due any day. The ex-boyfriend wasn’t a suspect in the beginning and wasn’t even mentioned until several days later.
What I think we have here is some who is too close to a topic – someone who can no longer see the forest from the trees – and is drawing a conclusion based on her biased opinion.
For the record, my very first reaction was “it’s Lacey Peterson all over again”. I *NEVER* thought about this topic being a racial issue until I read Rachel’s view.
Time for you to take a moment and read this post, it’s a very interesting take on the attention the Jessie Davis murder case is receiving.
Over the last few days there have been reports of Iran venturing into Iraq, but the story was not really picked up by the media. One can guess that this is due to a lack a hard proof. As I went out looking for an update today to the situation, to see if there was any other information available, I found out that there is a great amount of unrest in recent days due to Iranian fuel rationing.
It seems that Iranian leadership didn’t give its citizens a lot of warning for the fuel rationing:
“Iranians were given only two hours’ notice of the move that limits private drivers to 100 litres of fuel a month.”
That’s roughly 26 gallons folks. As a result, people started to protest. Cars were burned and gas stations were set on fire. People even turned their aggression a supermarket and a financial institution. There is a lot of good coverage of this story on the web, if you are interested:
The most interesting comment I found regarding the unrest and response to the rationing was this:
“Some MPs denied that the rioting on Tuesday and Wednesday had anything to do with the government’s rationing measures. “The attacks on the petrol pumps were organized well in advance by ‘agents provocateurs’ working for the US government, who incited some deranged individuals to set petrol stations alight,” Morteza Tamaddon told journalists.”
What is your first reaction to this comment? At first, it seems silly but at this point, it would not surprise me if something like this were to happen (quite frankly, not that it would be a bad thing either)
“Unofficial and unconfirmed are 4, that’s right, 4 different incursions or invasions into another country in the ME.”
One has to wonder is the gas rationing is due to the Iranian government expecting some type of military action with the U.S.
Apple has released the iPhone service plans. All I can say is Wow!
So, the plans starts $59.99 plan and gets you 450 minutes of air time, the $79.99 plan kicks that up to 900 minutes, and the $99.99 plan offers 1,350 minutes. The kicker is all plans have unlimited Data (web/email). Take a moment and think about that – that is an amazing offering all things considered.
Most phone companies charge an arm and a leg for data service. This is a major revenue stream for most providers, so I am shocked to see they are essentially giving it away. If you go and price out a normal phone (900 mins) w/ data package you’ll be paying around $105 per month (note – neither example includes taxes). So, one would save around $25 per month with this plan.
Note, however, that all plans start with 200 SMS per month. So, if you are a heavy txt sender, you’ll have to change your SMS package.
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