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The 13 black women who say Daniel Holtzclaw raped them while he was on duty as an Oklahoma City police officer have largely been ignored by the national media and human rights activists.

Until now.

Daniel Holtzclaw, 28, is standing trial for raping or sexually abusing 13 African-American women. Prosecutors are trying Holtzclaw for 36 counts including rape, sexual battery, forcible oral sodomy and stalking. Holtzclaw has pleaded not guilty and says he had nothing to do with the allegations against him.

Holtzclaw is essentially saying all 13 Black women are lying.

It’s deplorable that Holtzclaw may have singled out women for violent sexual acts, but it’s also insidious that he directed his racial hatred specifically toward unsuspecting Black women.

Where was the outrage? Where are the protesters?

Holtzclaw allegedly told the women that if they didn’t comply, they would be arrested or physically harmed. The first victim to come forward was a 57-year-old grandmother who claimed Holtzclaw forced her to perform oral sex.

Prosecutors say Holtzclaw methodically ran background checks to single out women who had outstanding criminal warrants for drug and sex violations. Were these women pristine citizens? No. Did they deserve to be raped? Absolutely not.

And they shouldn’t be forgotten or overlooked either.

Holtzclaw didn’t just rape women randomly; he intentionally preyed on Black women, women who were living in obscurity, and women who didn’t have the legal legitimacy to fight back.

And Holtzclaw knew it. For many, these Black women were, and are, invisible.

The national media forgot these women because they were poor, had been previously incarcerated, and, for some journalists, the women’s stories, no matter how similar they were,  lacked credibility.

So now, four weeks into the trial, Holtzclaw’s defense attorneys are aggressively going after the victims. The lawyers are trying to discredit the women one by one, digging up their drug use, drinking habits and suspended driver’s licenses to present to the jury 13 flawed women.

“Officers count on no one believing the victim if she reports,” Diane Wetendorf, who runs a counseling group in Chicago for women, told The Guardian. “And [they] know that the word of a woman of color is likely to be worth even less than the word of a white woman to those who matter in the criminal justice system.”

That’s the point.

For some in America, the lives of Black women are not valued. And for many months, this case was off the media’s radar. A white cop is accused of raping 13 Black women and after a few headlines, this tale of police abuse fades into the background, drowned out by stories like Donald Trump talking about his hair.

But now, during the trial, nine black women have testified that Holtzclaw raped them and their powerful testimonies can’t be disregarded easily.

“There was nothing that I could do,” said one woman who testified. She accused Holtzclaw of driving her to a field, raping her in the back of his squad car, and leaving her there. “He was a police officer and I was a woman.”

Another accuser, a 17-year-old girl, says Holtzclaw raped her on her mother’s front porch. And yet another alleged victim said Holtzclaw forced her to perform oral sex while she was under the influence of drugs and handcuffed to a hospital bed.

“I didn’t think that no one would believe me,” the woman testified in a pre-trial hearing, according to The Associated Press. “I feel like all police will work together.” What am I going to do? Call the cops? He was a cop.”

Human rights activists say cases against police officers are hard to prosecute because jurors often believe the cops are innocent. And when race is a factor, it further complicates the jury’s decision.

In this case, 13 women all claim Holtzclaw preyed on them, raped them, and covered up his crimes by hiding behind his badge.

I’m hoping the jury doesn’t automatically dismiss the charges against Holtzclaw simply because he’s a cop and the women are African-American.

And here’s the broader point: This heinous crime was committed by a bigoted man who took an oath as a law enforcer to serve and protect all citizens – and that includes Black women, regardless of their station in life.

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23 thoughts on “Where Are The Protests For The Oklahoma City Rape Accusers?

  1. I’ve been to 2 of the sessions and evidence against him is damning! There’s no way he shouldn’t be found guilty! But of course, it’s an all white jury and we’ve seen way too many times how that’s not gone the right way. And this is America so we’ll see what happens!

  2. Candace Liger on said:

    Hello! Thanks for posting this article! We should all be outraged at these flaws in the justice system. We have a group OKC Artists 4 Justice that has been leading the protest and advocacy efforts since this case was made public a little over a year ago.. We have also been providing daily live report updates directly from the courtroom along with making national media appearances to discuss the case and politics behind it.

    Please stay updated at our page OKC ARTISTS FOR JUSTICE and on our twitter @okcart4justice.

    You can also contact us at artistsforjusticeokc@gmail.com.

  3. Kip Howard on said:

    The black woman is the mother of creation. All ethnicities entered the world through her womb. Anyone who rapes any woman is not worthy to be called a man, but particularly anyone who would rape our Mother. And for a police officer to abuse his authority to do so is beneath contempt. I agree our public officials are letting us down by not speaking out against such heinous brutality. How would Obama, for example, feel if Sasha or Malia were one of Holtzclaw’s 13 victims? When I think of Emmett Till being gruesomely murdered just for whistling, my blood boils.

    • specialt757 on said:

      “When I think of Emmett Till being gruesomely murdered just for whistling, my blood boils.” How did you tie this into what this topic was about or even your beginning statement? As any man with daughters they care about, the Prez would be mad as hell. What about you?

  4. Alberta on said:

    We should decree a Law that states all white men are liabilities…We DON’T KNOW what they’ll Do Next! LOL I ain’t laughing laughing..I’m serious. We understand black on black crime but these Arabs & White men are sick they act like our friends next minute they hunting down everybody! What Da HELL on earth is wrong with y’all?

  5. specialt757 on said:

    This cop’s criminal behavior is not the POTUS’s (no matter his ethnicity) fault. But hell he’s blamed for everything else why not this…damn!
    This man is on trial exactly where he should be, except he should be in an orange prison outfit also.

    • I never said that it was Obama’s fault, but just like he give press time to Trayvon Martin, Freddie Gray, and the slew of other black males that have been killed at the hands of these killer cops, the president could at least acknowledge the black females who have suffered the same fate.

  6. Lou jones on said:

    They have spoken out about the atrocities against blacks . The main stream media refuses to report or show it because of the backlash they would from the extreme right .

  7. Michael on said:

    It where it should be court … Let see what happens at the verdict and if he has to go to prison … Then the party begins

  8. I am focused on the fact that blacks are getting their tails kicked left and right, and when it happens to a black females, Sharpton, Jackson, and Obama are dead silent.

  9. Lou jones on said:

    Let’s not lose focus here , the only person that should be criticize is this lowlife scumbag trash that used his badge to prey on and raped women that were vulnerable .

    • specialt757 on said:

      I think you’re right. This white man is not a “big” enough fish to be on every news channel in America. He’s just a low-life criminal who hid behind his shield.

    • specialt757 on said:

      I guess there won’t be a full page layout of these black women in the New York Times to show how they were disgraced by this low-life dirt bag.

  10. Why isn’t the president speaking out about this and all the other cases that have involved the murder and mistreatment black females? God forbid if any dates to criticize this half black man, black women will jump down your throat, but yet, he doesn’t stand up for the injustices done to black females, and to make matters worse this man has two daughters.

  11. specialt757 on said:

    This is so damn disgusting. He preyed on these women because of their “status” in society. It’s not fair no matter who they were, he didn’t have the right to sexually assault them. Instead of him being a good cop and trying to help them get help, he used his “power” against them. Instead of being a hero, he’s a damn criminal. It’s already looking like he will go free. I agree where are the protests?

  12. specialt757 on said:

    I believe there were protests in Waller County TX after Sandra Bland’s death. But I understand what you’re saying, it’s practically non-existent.

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