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Dr. Boyce: Eddie Long’s Little Boys Keep Talking – Good for Them

by Dr. Boyce Watkins, Your Black World. I can’t help but to be mesmerized by the fact that the accusers of Bishop Eddie Long continue to speak to the media , in spite of the consequences for doing so.  They’ve been ridiculed and attacked by Eddie Long supporters, dealt with the stigma of being involved in a homosexual relationship, been publicly chastised by their attorney and lost hundreds of thousands ( some say millions ) of dollars by telling their secrets to the world. Their bold decision to speak rips a gaping hole in the widely-accepted notion that having enough money can forgive even the worst of sins.  Unfortunately, in too many situations (i.e. R. Kelly and all those little girls in Chicago), greasing a few pockets can keep the dirtiest, most despicable behavior from seeing the light of day.  What is most interesting is that the rule even applies in many houses of God.  R. Kelly himself attempted to ask black people to believe that he’d somehow found the Lord since being caught on tape having sex with an underage girl.   Funny how people always find God after doing things that might get them arrested. Eddie Long proved himself nothing less than a bold-faced liar by demanding confidentiality in his settlement with the boys.  After promising at the start of the scandal that the truth would eventually come out, Long ran from the truth like a smelly dog avoiding the bath tub.  Few in his inner circle have demanded the accountability that Long himself promised, and this is a significant disservice to millions of other child abuse victims who’ve not received adequate justice for what happened to them. My neighbor was a middle-aged Italian woman who grew up in the Catholic Church.  She once told  me that if she’d ever gone to her mother and said that her priest tried to molest her, she would be slapped in the  mouth.  I can’t help but wonder how many other children were slapped or attacked after bringing their story to a mother who spent so much time worshipping the preacher that she had lost her ability to scrutinize him.  In some ways, you can almost say that we’ve become addicted to the idea of idolizing our religious figures and like any drug addict on the corner, our ability to think rationally goes right out the window. The “Boys of Eddie Long” should continue to speak, but not just for themselves.  They need to speak loudly and boldly for every other abuse victim suffering quietly in the darkest corners of our society.  The stories we hear are simply the tip of the iceberg.  For every person who speaks up, there are 20 more who were afraid to say anything.  We must do all we can to give them courage and to let them know that it wasn’t their fault. Dr. Boyce Watkins  is a Professor at Syracuse University  and founder of the Your Black World  Coalition.  To have Dr. Boyce commentary delivered to your email, please click here.    

by Dr. Boyce Watkins, Your Black World.

I can’t help but to be mesmerized by the fact that the accusers of Bishop Eddie Long continue to speak to the media, in spite of the consequences for doing so.  They’ve been ridiculed and attacked by Eddie Long supporters, dealt with the stigma of being involved in a homosexual relationship, been publicly chastised by their attorney and lost hundreds of thousands (some say millions) of dollars by telling their secrets to the world.

Their bold decision to speak rips a gaping hole in the widely-accepted notion that having enough money can forgive even the worst of sins.  Unfortunately, in too many situations (i.e. R. Kelly and all those little girls in Chicago), greasing a few pockets can keep the dirtiest, most despicable behavior from seeing the light of day.  What is most interesting is that the rule even applies in many houses of God.  R. Kelly himself attempted to ask black people to believe that he’d somehow found the Lord since being caught on tape having sex with an underage girl.   Funny how people always find God after doing things that might get them arrested.

Eddie Long proved himself nothing less than a bold-faced liar by demanding confidentiality in his settlement with the boys.  After promising at the start of the scandal that the truth would eventually come out, Long ran from the truth like a smelly dog avoiding the bath tub.  Few in his inner circle have demanded the accountability that Long himself promised, and this is a significant disservice to millions of other child abuse victims who’ve not received adequate justice for what happened to them.

My neighbor was a middle-aged Italian woman who grew up in the Catholic Church.  She once told  me that if she’d ever gone to her mother and said that her priest tried to molest her, she would be slapped in the  mouth.  I can’t help but wonder how many other children were slapped or attacked after bringing their story to a mother who spent so much time worshipping the preacher that she had lost her ability to scrutinize him.  In some ways, you can almost say that we’ve become addicted to the idea of idolizing our religious figures and like any drug addict on the corner, our ability to think rationally goes right out the window.

The “Boys of Eddie Long” should continue to speak, but not just for themselves.  They need to speak loudly and boldly for every other abuse victim suffering quietly in the darkest corners of our society.  The stories we hear are simply the tip of the iceberg.  For every person who speaks up, there are 20 more who were afraid to say anything.  We must do all we can to give them courage and to let them know that it wasn’t their fault.

Dr. Boyce Watkins is a Professor at Syracuse University and founder of the Your Black World Coalition.  To have Dr. Boyce commentary delivered to your email, please click here. 

 

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