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Who are the "Outsiders" Raping Native American Women?

The Media’s Mysterious Non-Indians

by ISHMAEL REED

Nicholas D. Kristof of the New York Times has been traveling to “third world” countries to find evidence of male cruelty to women. He’s found plenty. He recently visited a Native-American reservation. His article left out the statistics that show that  among American women, Native American women are the only group where outsiders commit the majority of the rapes.

I wrote him a letter asking why? No answer.

The last time I wrote him at least the Times had a black guy reply, vouching for

his character.

House Republicans are balking over whether Tribal courts can bring these “outsiders” to justice. Why are Republicans and the Times (NYT, May 23, 2012) protecting these outsiders by not identifying these “non-Indians”?

I visited Sitka, Alaska in October. I was the only black guy in town. So maybe it’s not the brothers, your typical media, literary, Broadway show and Ms.Magazine rapist. Maybe Kristof can tell us who these mystery “non-Indians”are?

Ishmael Reed is the publisher of Konch. The latest issue includes a brilliant take on the post-black entrepreneurs by Houston Baker, Jr. His latest collection of essays, “Going Too Far: Essays About America’s Nervous Breakdown,” is forthcoming from Baraka Press.