Black Victims:<br />
Guilty Until Proven Victimized?

Black Victims:
Guilty Until Proven Victimized?

[OPINION] Regardless of what actually happened to Sharmeka Moffitt, Jamilah Lemieux says we need to change the way in which we respond to allegations of crimes against Blacks

Jamilah Lemieux

by Jamilah Lemieux, October 24, 2012

Black Victims:<br />
Guilty Until Proven Victimized?

Sharmeka Moffitt

Moffitt, don't be angry with her. Don't point to her and say, "That's why real victims don't get any justice!" Something is severely wrong with her. While mental illness may lead one to commit a crime, it is not a crime to be mentally ill. Burning your own body to a crisp is a far cry from falsifying a rape or harming someone else and placing the blame on an innocent party. Instead of outrage for her, channel your thoughts toward her physical and mental healing.

Jamilah Lemieux is's News and Lifestyle Editor; follow her on Twitter: @jamilahlemieux



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