Skip to comments.APNewsBreak: Rosa Parks essay reveals rape attempt
Posted on 07/29/2011 8:04:44 AM PDT by Eleutheria5
...she wrote a detailed and harrowing account of nearly being raped by a white neighbor who employed her as a housekeeper in 1931.
The six-page essay, written in her own hand many years after the incident, is among thousands of her personal items currently residing in the Manhattan warehouse and cramped offices of Guernsey's Auctioneers, which has been selected by a Michigan court to find an institution to buy and preserve the complete archive.
Civil rights historian Danielle McGuire said she had never before heard of the attempted rape of Parks and called the find among Parks' papers astounding.
It helps explain what triggered Parks' lifelong campaign against the ritualistic rape of black women by white men, said McGuire, whose recent book "At the Dark End of the Street" examines how economic intimidation and sexual violence were used to derail the freedom movement and how it went unpunished during the Jim Crow era.
"I thought it was because of the stories that she had heard. But this gives a much more personal context to that," said McGuire, an assistant professor of history at Wayne State University in Detroit. Her book recounts Parks' role in investigating for the NAACP the case of Recy Taylor, a young sharecropper raped by a group of white men in 1944.
Of her own experience, Parks wrote, "He offered me a drink of whiskey, which I promptly and vehemently refused. . He moved nearer to me and put his hand on my waist. I was very frightened by now."
"He liked me. .. he didn't want me to be lonely and would I be sweet to him. He had money to give me for accepting his attentions," she wrote.
"I was ready to die but give my consent never. Never, never."
(Excerpt) Read more at aolnews.com ...
Sounds like it will be a fair and balanced review free of any bias or ideology....
The last time I saw the data, the incidence of black on white rape was 30x the opposite.
I don’t know about the past, but today, white on black rape statistically “doesn’t happen”
On average 1 white on black rape occurs every year.. black on white rape occurs much more often
Too scripted, and a little too convenient.
Hearsay evidence eighty years in the past?
You couldn’t convict Charles Manson with something so thin.
They look at black on white rape through the small end of the telescope and white on black rape through the other end.
Are there any statistics for black on black rape?
Sounds like he wanted to be her sugar daddy. (I wonder if she took the money.)
Was the white neighbor French?
we wouldn’t want the general public to KNOW the true statistics on interracial rape.....
Now what kind of a story about a black woman struggling and fighting for civil rights would it be without the essential white man tried to rape me chapter?
Don’t know if it even happened, could have been a novel...she was 18, not a child....It wasn’t even close to rape legally.
What I do know for a fact that did happen. She was robbed and beaten by a black male when she was 81.
Only in the mind of the idiot who wrote this line.