A month or two ago when that criminal Brock Turner got a slap on the wrist for sexually assaulting a woman at Stanford, I wrote on Facebook that I thought there were common sense things women could do to lessen their odds of being raped. The woman who was raped was really stupid–she got blackout drunk at a college house party. In my mind, that is a very foolish thing to do and I said so. Yada, yada, yada…a bunch of people were incensed and accused me of “victim blaming” which is total bullshit. Bullshit because I don’t excuse Brock Turner’s actions, and I think he should have the book thrown at him.
Now, let’s come to Terence Crutcher. Some of these same white women say, “if he would of only kept his hands up and not reached inside his car, he’d still be alive. It’s his fault they shot him. He didn’t comply.” In some respects they are correct. If he had kept his hands up or laid on the ground, he’d likely still be alive. However, they are also wrong and hypocritical. Just because he did not keep his hands up and did not comply with the officer’s orders, it did not give the officer the right to kill him in the street. The officer only has a right to shoot if his life or another’s life is in danger.
So to summarize, saying the attacker is completely guilty and that the woman could behave differently to lessen her chance of rape is victim blaming. But, to say the shooter is innocent and the victim is totally to blame, is not victim blaming–it’s just simple logic to many racist white women. I find that to be hypocritical.