mob violence

I’ve been doing research on mob violence against black women, an underacknowledged trauma in black history and cultural memory. When I read this headline in The NY Times, Woman, 20, Was Imprisoned and Tortured, Police Say,” my instincts told me she was black, even though the headline didn’t say so. It will be interesting to follow this case and to see how much support antiracist activists and feminists will offer this young woman.

“What about our daughters?” has a detailed write-up on the case as well as the heinous gang rape of a mother and her son in West Palm Beach, Florida.


About jennifer williams

Jennifer D. Williams is a writer and professor of English and Women's and Gender Studies. She has published in academic journals and online at, PopMatters, among other sites. Jennifer is currently working on a book that looks at black women's urban literature between the Depression and the civil rights era.

3 responses to “mob violence

  1. The latest update is that they aren’t being charged with a hate crime.This is absolutely ridiculous. But of course, I’m not surprised.

  2. They may be assuming that since she had previously dated a man who was a member of the family that those folks couldn’t be racist, which is so far from the truth.

  3. I agree. Of course what they are saying publicly is that they can get a harsher sentence is they prosecute it under the other laws. So calling her a “n—” and telling her that they are torturing her because she is black doesn’t constitute a hate crime. Also I have two words: Thomas Jefferson. And I’m not gonna cuss in your blog like I do in my own out of respect but I really want to!

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