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-- Jeana Terry and Lisa Lange: The white lesbian couple. They had been having problems with the black kids across the street, and had previously tried to reason with their mother. On Tuesday July 24th, 2012, Lisa looked out her window because she heard someone talking, and it was the 16-year-old black teen, identified under the pseudonym of Michelle, on her phone. Michelle responded by shouting anti-gay slurs at them, as had happened on several other occasions, and they responded by telling Michelle to get off their property. Michelle then brought her younger brother onto the couple's porch and pulled Terry outside when she opened the door, then began hitting her. The fight was then joined by the 13-year-old sister and two friends, who neighbors say were summoned by the oldest girl by phone just before the commotion began. When police arrived, all five teens scattered, and the two friends got away. The couple have since been granted a protection order against the black family by a judge. The fact that the oldest girl summoned two friends by phone before the commotion began implies the assault may have been premeditated.
But did the white lesbian couple get the full message? Maybe not. Lisa Lange said she is worried someone will attempt to make the issue about race, and that she and her partner's desire to see justice served is not about that. However, it's Jeana Terry who's in the hospital, with her face and body still badly swollen and bruised, still suffering from nausea and dizziness, and facing the possibility of eye surgery. I wonder if Terry dismisses the notion that it's about race. City-data reveals that Cape Girardeau is only 12.7 percent black.
-- Nancy Harris: The mother of the kids. "My oldest daughter was outside on her phone with a friend, and they heard her say something about 'gay,'" Harris said, "then they started yelling at her." Harris said her daughter then went to her aunt's house where she told her younger brother about the incident. The aunt, Harris said, is also gay. The two siblings returned together to the street in front of the house, according to Harris. She said the couple then came outside and began arguing with the children. "Even before this happened they would nitpick at the kids. Before this there was some arguments and the neighbors would try to provoke them to hit them", Harris added. Harris also said she intends to move soon because nothing like last week's incident has ever happened to the family before and she doesn't want her children to live there anymore.
But there's another reason why she's moving. Her landlady, Elena Perryman, has made several attempts during the past few months to serve Harris with an eviction notice. This weakens the credibility of Harris' story because it implies that her family are a disruptive influence in the neighborhood. Not surprised, are you?
-- Justice: The two younger children pleaded guilty to lesser charges of trespassing and second-degree assault during a hearing held this week and will soon be released from custody. However, the 16-year-old may face assault and burglary charges as well as hate crime-related charges, and it's possible any of them could be tried as adults. The extent of the victim's injuries and the possibility that the assault was premeditated will be taken into account by prosecutors.
So who would you rather have as a neighbor, a white lesbian couple, or a black family of misfits? Which of the two would be more respectful of your property and person? Ideally, we'd prefer neither, but sometimes we don't get the ideal. Even though the white couple are lesbians, this was still an unprovoked black-on-white crime.
Some comments of interest from Towleroad, a gay media outlet. One of them shows some race-consciousness:
Posted by: A | Aug 1, 2012 1:08:37 PM:
I agree with the victim that the assailants will try and make it a racial issue because they are black. They'll try and play the victims. The fact the woman renting to them has tried to serve them an eviction notice a number of times tells you what kind of people these are.
Posted by: Scott Rose | Aug 1, 2012 1:09:21 PM:
The mother alleging that her children were provoked into attacking the victims has no credibility. If the police are crediting her account, complaints should be made about those police to the state A.G. and to federal law enforcement authorities (the FBI). Police are supposed to be trained to determine who the initiating assailant is in a violent crime, when that is a matter of dispute. The attack against the lesbian victim took place on the lesbian's property, with corroborating direct evidence showing that the attackers organized the attack through cell phone calls to their fellow mob members.