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Now, I'm not one who expects perfection when it comes to the art of writing. I've written over 200 articles
for The Spectator, and I'll wager that a close inspection of these would reveal at least one of typographical errors on either spelling,
punctuation, factual content, or errors due to ignorance or typing skills. Hopefully very few of the latter two. I have seen headlines
misspelled in newspapers. But every once in a while I run across articles in the media that I believe need to be commented on, if
for no other reason than clarity of what the writer is trying to get across. It just might be an important statement. This assumes
of course that the media report of the situation is accurate, which nowadays is a "giant leap of faith", but the record in this case
seems to be an accurate account of the situation. Not that the accusation in the article at hand is true, but it is accurate in so
far as it is what the accuser said.
One Azealia Banks, a reputed rapper and singer, is trying to get donations
totaling $100,000, through a GO FUND ME organization, so she can sue actor Russell Crowe for " choking her, calling her a n.....,
and spitting on her." (Am I not allowed to use a direct quotation, for fear of stomping on another person's right not to be called
a word they object to, however true? And be sued, or lose my job, or.....) Miss banks claims "This isn't about a big pay day for me,
it's about letting the world know that black women are victims to the same sort of disgusting violence men in Hollywood deal out to
women and it's important to send a message that black women also deserve justice and will get justice in these situations. If I were
a white singer he wouldn't have even thought about laying a finger on me."
There's a whole lot of this kind
of activity being reported by the media nowadays. And I'll bet, even without any sworn testimony, much of it is true, and should be
dealt with firmly and with due process of the law without delay. I might even go so far as to suspect that the behavior described
by Miss Banks, or a variation of it, is rampant not just in Hollywood, and not just towards women, but most other workplaces also.
Let's look at Miss Banks' accusation a little closer, as it's possible there are typographical errors in
the report, or explanations accidentally omitted, or just plain inaccuracies, or just an attempt to get mean revenge via a cash settlement.
It's sometimes hard to tell which might be the case. Such as: It's not perfectly clear in Miss Banks' grievance wording, whether in
her comparing her alleged treatment by Russell Crowe with the "disgusting violence" women receive, whether she means white, black,
or all women. I have a gut feeling that she is restricting her complaint to white women, but it's hard to tell. As an actor in an
old Paul Newman movie, Hud, revealed, "What we have here is a lack of communication."
Also, when Miss Banks
points out "the same sort of disgusting violence Hollywood men deal out to women", and then states "If I were a white singer he wouldn't
have even thought about laying a finger on me", why would Mr. Crowe not "lay a finger" on her if she was a white singer, since, in
Hollywood, men abuse women, according to Miss Banks, and women, I'm sure, means white women? There's some confusion here. Her goal
should be, assuming her version of the abuse is factual, to see that Russell Crowe answers for any crime of abuse. That is the best
way to reduce sexual abuse, whether against white, black, or any color women. Or any person.
Now, those of
you, liberal or conservative, that are putting a totally unintended slant on the foregoing, beware. I believe "black lives matter",
but no more or less than any other life matters. Not as a slogan but as a way of life. The violators of this concept should be held
accountable and should be punished. Clearly. sexual abuse is not just a racial problem, Wouldn't it be a great day when the playing
of the so-called "race card" was unnecessary in the social dealings of mixed races, particularly in sexual abuse and violence cases.
That alone would make America Great Again. Maybe playing a "violence/abuse" card against violators would be more to the point. It
isn't just a white vs. black problem, Miss Banks. If you think it is you are a large part of the problem. Recall that "Freedom and
justice for all" is not defined only by placard carrying demonstrators.