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Monday, March 14, 2011

East Texas - Small Town Hell

What is wrong with East Texas? James Byrd was chained to a pickup truck and dragged to his death. Mineola was the setting for a ring of pedophiles who trained young children to perform live sex shows - except it probably never happened and the defendants were framed. Now Cleaveland,  an old timber town on H.W. 59 about 50 miles north of Houston is on the front page of the New York Times for the repeated gang rape of an 11 year old girl. The Times loves it because of the race angle. The victim is Hispanic, her attackers African-American. Quanell X, the Black Muslim from Houston, is in town screaming racism.

Cleaveland already has its share of problems. A local cop is under federal indictment for stealing guns and other evidence - my guess would be cocaine - from the department's lock-up.

The Times even suggested that the girl was at fault, for dressing provocatively and not staying home like a good little girl. If the victim were black and the rapists white I wonder what the Times' angle would be.
Christine Pelisek's article in the Daily Beast website portrays a Small Town Hell -

The arrests, which happened over a period of a few weeks, turned the town upside down. It turned out that five of the suspects were juveniles in middle and high school. Two of the suspects were on the Cleveland High School basketball team, including a rising star who went by the nickname Golden Child. Another one is the 21-year-old son of a local school board member. Some of the others have rap sheets. One of the suspects was arrested along with a friend in January for robbing a grocery store with a gun and a tire tool. That same suspect is also believed to be responsible for a home break-in where a woman was shot in the arm. Another suspect was indicted in June of 2010 for manslaughter in the fatal shooting of his teenaged friend.

Too bad the perps are star football players - then the Chamber of Commerce would hold fish fries and barbeques to raise money for their defense. 

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