knhiebert at shaw.ca
Sun Jan 10 16:25:04 MST 2016
I am reminded of the tension around a rape more than 30 years ago in New Bedford, Massachusetts.
Within days the woman's ordeal became a national cause célèbre. Feminists saw the attack as a horrific example of sexual violence against women. Ethnic slurs against the old whaling town's Portuguese community (more than 50 percent of New Bedford's 98,000 population) mounted in virulence when it was revealed that the woman's accused attackers were all Portuguese immigrants from the Azores. The trial that began two weeks ago in nearby Fall River, Mass. seemed certain to inflame the community once again.
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