Black Colleges Have A (Real) Rape Culture Problem...Who Would Have Expected THAT?
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The New York Times story about the Morehouse/Spelman rape crisis comes with the unhelpful headline Two Colleges Bound by History Are Roiled by the #MeToo Moment [By Caitlin Dickerson and Stephanie Saul, December 2, 2017] the fact that I already knew that Spelman and Morehouse were "historically" black colleges—which somehow exempts them from the anti-discrimination enforcement historically white colleges are subject to—let me figure out what what was going on here:

ATLANTA — The fliers appeared suddenly on a crisp morning in early November. They were scattered among golden leaves on the grounds of Spelman and Morehouse, the side-by-side women’s and men’s colleges that are two of the country’s most celebrated historically black schools.

“Morehouse Protects Rapists,” some of them read. “Spelman Protects Rapists.”

Some of the documents accused prominent athletes and fraternity members by name. Though workers quickly made the fliers disappear, students were already passing photos from cellphone to cellphone. Before long, the names were on Twitter.

And the next morning, students at Morehouse woke up to another unnerving sight: graffiti marring the chapel, a spiritual gathering place dedicated to a revered alumnus, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Scrawled in red spray paint, the message read: “Practice What You Preach Morehouse + End Rape Culture.” [More]

The NYT goes one about other, whiter campuses, and then gets back to the black ones, where blacks have been protesting against the the rape of black women by black men under a black administration:

Neither Spelman nor Morehouse would disclose how many complaints it has received, and in interviews, Spelman students and professors said they did not believe sexual assault was any more common there than elsewhere.

I'm pretty sure they're wrong. Blacks are 5 to 7.5 as likely to be arrested for forcible rape as whites, according to's Color Of Crime, 2016. Even on mostly white campuses, blacks commit most of the actual rapes.


I'm also pretty sure that this is not taught on in the classrooms at Morehouse or Spelman, but it seems that the victims are starting to learn it at black fraternity parties. This scandal has been discussed in the black press, for example, Posters Naming Alleged Rapists Spark Discussion About Culture Of Silence At Spelman And Morehouse, by Paula Rogo, Essence, November 12, 2017

CBS Atlanta reported that in "Digging through Spelman College crime statistics, the school reported only one rape since 2014, and only two reports of dating violence since 2016.". [Signs accusing students of rape posted a Spelman, Morehouse colleges, By Kim Passoth, November 9, 2017]

That is what was reported to the police. All this other stuff is what wasn't reported to the police, either by the students or the faculty.

Why? Well, it could be a "no snitching" culture, or the "soft bigotry of low expectations", but my bet would be the whole anti-police thing—the belief that it's wrong to call the police and put black men in jail.

I'm not  the only one who thinks this—Essence Magazine, for black women feels the same way. Quote from them:

“There's also the notion that because of racism and the various oppressions we operate under, Black women almost have to be complicit in their own abuse just to survive. We don’t report, we don't come forward because look what happens when we do."

Coleman said she also believes the way the Black community responds to sexual assault can endanger Black women.

“I think it’s a cultural thing. For Black people, we are taught at a really young age that we shouldn’t snitch, nobody wants to be a snitch," Coleman said. "The other part is always protecting Black men. We saw that with Cosby," she said, referencing the "bring a Black man down" rhetoric.

"But it is at the expense of Black women."

Do We Respond Differently To Sexual Assault When Black Men Are Accused?, November 17, 2017

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