When asked about her opinion on the Steubenville, Ohio, rape case, tennis star Queen Latifa Serena Williams had this to say:
“They did something stupid, but I don’t know,’ she told the magazine. ‘I’m not blaming the girl, but if you’re a 16-year-old and you’re drunk like that, your parents should teach you—don’t take drinks from other people.’
‘She’s 16, why was she that drunk where she doesn’t remember? It could have been much worse. She’s lucky. Obviously I don’t know, maybe she wasn’t a virgin, but she shouldn’t have put herself in that position, unless they slipped her something, then that’s different.’
It’s not that Serena Williams is wrong, she just happens to be right for the wrong reasons. True dat, a young woman shouldn’t have taken drinks from other people the night she was repeatedly raped, and true dat she shouldn’t have put herself in that position. But just because the young woman was drunk and in that position doesn’t automatically qualify her as a contestant in the rape-athon game perpetrated by a couple of sick, twisted malcontents.
Any parent of a young girl has had the “don’t take drinks from other people” talk, that’s a given. Whether the young girl heeds that advice is a totally different matter. Most of the time kids will be kids, and girls drink and get drunk, but when that happens, it’s up to her friends – boys and girls – to take care of them and make sure nothing bad happens to them. Friends or strangers alike know, when a young kid gets wasted, you don’t take advantage of them, let alone repeatedly rape, videotape, post video on social networks and brag to friends about your crime. Surprisingly enough, Serena doesn’t mention that the parents of the young men never talked to them about how they should never take advantage of young women when they are drunk, let alone rape them, video tape them, etc.
Instead of saying that rape is never right under any circumstance, a famous athlete with an automatic built-in anti-rape face takes to the news to tell the world that a rape victim was actually “lucky” nothing worse happened to her. But that’s the type of society we have bred. The people who are most famous and looked at as hero’s are often dumber than a box of rocks, have a moral compass set on stupid, and talk crap because they are incapable of forming reasonable thoughts.
If Serena is right, and the girl in question shouldn’t have been in that position, then maybe we should have cut James Earl Ray some slack because Martin Luther King put himself in a bad position. If only King had ducked.