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    September 13, 2007

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    Wabi-Sabi

    Great post. Thanks for sharing.

    Hopefully, this tragedy can somehow be a catalyst for change, so that it never happens again.

    Unfortunately, folks like the hosts on WCHS 580 and the Editors of the Daily Mail, (https://www.dailymail.com/story/Opinion/+/2007091454/Terrible+crimes%2C+but+not+emblems/), would prefer to sweep it away as quickly as possible and pretend that everything is fine.

    Clem Guttata

    Thanks for the thoughtful post. We've got a discussion going about it over at West Virginia Blue: https://www.wvablue.com/showDiary.do?diaryId=1027

    Laura Little

    Perhaps one way, since we are all creators in one form or another, is to reach out to the Affrilachian literary movement and other artistic groups that have prominent black members. Let's do some listening first before we formulate a plan of action.

    Rebecca Kimmons

    The whole incident is horrifying, and as more background is revealed on all the players, the story only gets worse. But I don't think race is the real issue here. My guess is that Megan Williams just happens to be black, offering opportunities for some variety in the cruelty of her tormentors. Any unfortunate being without enough judgment to avoid these people would have found him or herself in the same situation. Yes, their words seem to indicate racial motives, but I think these people would sieze on any excuse for exercising cruelty. It is embarrassing that this happened in our state, but I feel embarrassed that a fellow human being who happens to be a pro football player treated dogs with abject cruelty. Cruelty is an ugly fact of human behavior, and it happens everywhere, in every social strata. It fills the papers and evening TV news. Racisim is flourishing, just like its nasty brothers classism, elitism, ageism--all those 'isms' we use to separate us from them, for whatever reason. Those people didn't care if Megan was white or black, any more than a cat cares what color its prey is. My guess is that they simply acted on an opportunity.

    keepthefaith

    This story breaks my heart because I have two small children and can't imagine how she and her family must be feeling.
    To the poster before me, Are you SERIOUSLY comparing the Michael Vick incident to this ONE???? The fact is, her pertrators were racist and repeatedly uttered racial slurs at her while they tortured her. The response to this terrible tragedy is unbelievable. I pray for peace & justice for Megan and her family.

    Kim

    In response to what happened to the young black women in Logan County. I'm ashamed of this situation- I imagine this has been very traumatic for this young woman. I'm not her but I am a woman. This act was immoral and unethical. She did not deserve what happened to her. Nobody deserves to be treated in this manner. We do need something positive to come out of this situation. We need to figure out a way to come together and stop these intolerable acts.

    Kim

    The people who violated Megan do not represent everybody else in West Virginia- I think these people like to draw attention to themselves- This was a terrible thing for them to do - They are the ones who have to live with themselves - They have to live with what they have done-

    murrayewv

    This was a very thoughtful response to this crime and the aftermath. Certainly the crime was hateful, but most West Virginians I know are extremely embarrassed at how these individuals made the state and its citizens look and hoped to not be associated with this sort of person and behavior rather than defending them. But your point that we can't just turn to our good works easily is excellent. This would make it easier to separate the wheat from the chaff on this issue.

    tebiit

    Well it is good to know that some people rather prefer to distance themselves from the stupid acts of these 6 fools. There are good and bad people in every race and i don't think it is a good idea to use this incident to look at the white man as the enemy. It doesn't take only a white man to commit such a crime but it requires that the perpetrators be silly and wicked people. We know that not all white are wicked. So the main objective here should be that these mad criminals should be punished and let justice be done. These types of acts are not gonna end today. But there are many million other people who do not support them and if the tendency is to identify any race as the enemy then we are simply laying the basis for more trouble. We do not have to neglect these other brave people who do not want to judge a crimes on basis of color but who simple condemn criminal acts and cry loud for justice.

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    It fills the papers and evening TV news. Racisim is flourishing, just like its nasty brothers classism, elitism, ageism--all those 'isms' we use to separate us from them, for whatever reason. Those people didn't care if Megan was white or black, any more than a cat cares what color its prey is. My guess is that they simply acted on an opportunity.

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