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This is in response to Nakesha Abdur-Rauf’s letter in the Aug. 6 edition of the Washington City Paper.
First of all, as a native Washingtonian, I found Abdur-Rauf’s statement that “hundreds of thousands of women in Washington, D.C.,” are murdered daily to be, well, illogical. After all, if one does the math, one would see that that would mean there shouldn’t be any women left in our nation’s capital—and surely that isn’t the case. I don’t believe hundreds of thousands of people, period (men and women), have been murdered in D.C. throughout the city’s entire history, let alone in one day.
Second, as a male, I think Abdur-Rauf’s letter somewhat sexist. She bemoans the City Paper’s choice of featuring a story centering around Ms. Chiang’s death when there are so many other murdered women who could have been chosen for an article instead. Well, Ms. Abdur-Rauf, since there are far more men who are killed in the city, shouldn’t male victims be possible choices for such an article as well ?
Next, as an African-American, I am embarrassed by the fact that Abdur-Rauf’s letter comes across as racist. Her ranting seems mostly centered around Chiang’s ethnicity. She comes across as being offended by the City Paper’s choice to write a feature story about an Asian victim and putting the face of this victim on the cover of the paper.
And finally, as an educated person, I find it saddening that Abdur-Rauf had problems grasping the written language. Her belief that the writer of the piece on Chiang was brushing aside other victims in D.C. was both moronic and paranoid. Instead of understanding the irony and the intent of the writer’s wording, she took his statements literally. That’s where the benefit of getting a good education would have come in handy for Abdur-Rauf. She would perhaps have been better able to read between the lines if she had gotten one. And as a result, she would have perhaps have spared the rest of us from her pathetic little letter.
via the Internet