November 13, 2007, - 11:01 am

Dumb: NAACP Honors Sex Offender, Gives Him Award

By Debbie Schlussel
**** UPDATE: Looks like I’m not the only one who feels this way. An AP columnist agrees. ****
The NAACP chapter in Winston, Georgia rally knows how to create role models. The group not only gave a hero’s welcome to a former sex offender, but on Saturday Night, honored him with a Youth Award. And gave him a standing ovation.
Who’s the guy? Genarlow Wilson. You’ve probably heard of him because he received a 10-year prison sentence for an allegedly consensual session of receiving oral sex from a 15-year-old girl and having it videotaped. Yes, the sentence was way out of proportion for the crime, but there are statutory rape laws on the books all over the country. It’s not a novel occurrence. And most teenagers know at least that law.
Whether or not he should have been released from prison because of the outrage by race merchants claiming this typical statutory rape case was racially-motivated is one thing (yes, the sentence was far too long for the offense, but the then-Georgia law was not based on race). But honoring this guy as some sort of Black role model for inner city kids, merely because he received an underaged Lewinsky and managed to ultimately beat the charges after two years in jail, is entirely another: patently absurd.

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Not Deserving of Honors or Role Model Status

If they willingly, enthusiastically choose honor are guys who participated in statutory rape BJs as their new civil rights heroes, then no wonder the Black community is in trouble. If it expects to receive respect, it must respect itself and not hand out awards for such questionable feats. Aim low, and you will be treated as lowly. There are so many Black Americans doing great things that actually deserve awards. But they don’t get them.
Hey, it ain’t the first time something like this has happened. After all, the most prominent illicit Lewinsky recipient was known as “The First Black President.” And his wife, Hillary Rodham Cankles, will become the first Black Female President very soon.
Regardless, the bottom line on Genarlow Wilson: This guy is no hero. Not even close. Too bad the NAACP is too blind to see something so simple.

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10 Responses

We live in a topsy turvey reversed society where criminals are glorified and cops are villified, rapists are honored and victims are disparaged, where crime rules over virtue.Very soon,we’ll have the first bi-racial transgendered President with the direction the ballot box is going.
Such is America; a safe haven for convicts and predators.*Sigh* And you wonder this nation is gradually falling apart.
Good riddance to NAACP!!!

Jew Chick on November 13, 2007 at 11:34 am

Like the muslim community, the black community never misses a chance to do the wrong thing. When did the NAACP start giving awards for oral sex? Is it like a merit badge in the scouts?

TheOmegaMan on November 13, 2007 at 11:52 am

Now, I know, it was the William Jefferson Clinton Award. i was kinda confused there for a moment.

TheOmegaMan on November 13, 2007 at 12:05 pm

No he didn’t deserve the NAACP Youth Award. He and his family needed the “NEGRO, PLEASE!!!” Award for the most boneheaded (pun intended) act of stupidity of the year. Yes the penalty was way too harsh for the crime, but don’t we as Black folks know that’s always been the norm?? Why aren’t we educating and protecting our sons??? I don’t know who didn’t bother to teach this young brother the deal, but he broke rule number one for a young Black man trying to survive and thrive in America, and that is: LEAVE WHITE GIRLS THE HELL ALONE. Yes, the young lady in question in this case was White, so I don’t know why folks were surprised when Mr. Wilson received such a harsh sentence under that Georgia law meant for sex offenders.
Did young Mr. Wilson have no one in his family to remind him to NEVER forget he was in the south, no matter how “new” it is? I guess because he was an athlete and/or a teenager, he thought he was bulletproof. Wrong. Someone needs to tell these young brothers that it doesn’t matter how “consensual” the sex was, all that young White girl has to do is cry rape or tell her parents, and your teenage Black ass is in jail in a New York minute. This is yet another symptom of the Black community not having fathers and other older men around to guide these young brothers through the potential pitfalls that await them. I’ll never forget what my Dad told me when I reached the age of 13, “Boy, keep your damn pants zipped up, because I me and your momma don’t want any babies being brought into this house and we’re not bailing you out of jail if you get caught screwing around with a White girl!”
People may think that was harsh or “racist”, but that was his way of protecting me from very real dangers out there. And that’s what young Black boys need! We as men need to pull these young dudes aside and tell them to get their act together NOW, because if they don’t, the criminal justice system has a spot reserved just for them…just ask Gernarlow Wilson.
[JJ: I HEAR YOU. BUT THERE ARE PLENTY OF SEX OFFENDER CASES IN THE NEWS JUST HERE IN MICHIGAN ALONE, WHERE THE OFFENDER AND THE “VICTIM” WERE BOTH WHITE. THE GUY STILL GETS PROSECUTED, SOMETIMES GOES TO JAIL. I AGREE THAT THE SENTENCE WAS TOO LONG AND SEVERE. AND WHILE THERE IS STILL RACISM ALL OVER (NOT JUST THE SOUTH), AND IT MAY HAVE PLAYED A PART IN THE PROSECUTION HERE, THE GIRL NEVER CRIED RAPE IN THIS CASE (THE VIDEOTAPE SHOWED SHE DID IT WILLINGLY AND SHE SAID AS MUCH). MY MAIN POINT IS THAT THIS GUY IS NO HERO, WITH WHICH YOU AGREE. I ENJOY AND APPRECIATE (AND READ) ALL OF YOUR VERY ARTICULATE COMMENTS. DS]

JibberJabber on November 13, 2007 at 1:00 pm

Deb, gurl, you seriously need to lay off the dope. Firstly, Genarlow Wilson did not commit a crime. Perhaps he was stupid and hormonally challenged, but a sex offender he is not.
Secondly, what the fuck does “then no wonder the Black community is in trouble” mean. Who are you to judge the ills in our community? Oh, i forgot – i was visiting the church of white conservative self-assurance and arrogance.
It is debatable whether Mr Wilson is a worthy recipient of an NAACP Award but you have no right to call him a sex offender when he was blatantly screwed by a racist system looking to lock up every black male it deems a threat to (white) society.

Emperor on November 13, 2007 at 1:18 pm

JibberJabber and Emperor both show the point I made in comments above:
“the black community never misses a chance to do the wrong thing. ”

TheOmegaMan on November 13, 2007 at 1:58 pm

“the black community never misses a chance to do the wrong thing”
…..
And the white community never passes up a chance to say (and do) something unbelievably dopey and idiotic. Seriously, are you some kind of Klansman or something? Suddenly, you’re the know-it-all of the black community. Please, fuck outta her with all that holier-than-thou bullshit

Emperor on November 13, 2007 at 3:26 pm

Debbie,
This was a teenage kid who fell victim to a rogue prosecutor. I would not hesitate to think there was in fact a racial issue at play here. This whole event was ridiculous – the kid wouldn’t have gotten jail time for actually having sex with the girl, but because of the oral sex law, had the book thrown at him. I believe this to be a selective prosecution with some racist, rogue prosecutor who did in fact want to pad his career stats, even if it meant running some promising young athlete over. Is it right that he was out screwing around like this? No, of course not. But we were all teenagers once and did things we probably weren’t proud of.

JasonBourne81 on November 13, 2007 at 4:06 pm

Two small comments:
1. I do believe the “hero” status is claimed by some for him because he refused to take a plea bargain like other kids at the party, and instead took his case to trial as a form of “civil disobedience” to the statutory rape law.
2. His lawyers (who I think were unpaid, but not certain), are the real heroes. Did the NCAA give them awards?

melchloboo on November 13, 2007 at 7:39 pm

I can say without a doubt that Genarlow should not be given an award. Perhaps this was a case of prosecutorial overreach concerning underage teenage sex (and the fact that it was taped no less) but one should not be rewarded for infamy….the Jena 6 matter rings of the same standard. There SHOULD be equitable distribution of punishment and justice but let’s not bring in the clowns and pomp and circumstance when there was still misconduct involved. Another matter that is troubling with your commenters is the supposition that Sharpton, Jackson and the NAACP speak for the entire Black community….we’re not a team like the Yankees where Jeter can speak for A-rod…news reports are affirming a great deal of factionalism in communities of color but the media prefers to be insulting and inaccurate and portray Black life as monoliithic and truncated. Check out a recent article I posted concerning divisions in the Black community…let’s stop with assuming Blacks, Whites, Latins and others think the same way….enough is enough. Also Genarlow’s “victim” was African-American not White:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genarlow_Wilson
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dburt aka Afronerd on November 15, 2007 at 11:11 am

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