“…run and tell that…”

In Uncategorized on September 1, 2010 at 9:29 am

That’s a line from Antoine Dodson’s passionate recollection of the “bedroom intruder” in his sister Kelly’s room. Apparently, I have been under a rock and was not aware of this story out of Huntsville, not until I picked up the local paper in Starkville. There’s a below-the-fold story about Antoine and his sister turning this somewhat frightening situation and alleged assault into a success. So if he’s making the front page in Starkville, MS, he must be a success, right?

Well what’s with this new found celebrity? According to Shira Lazar of, “Dodson’s raw emotionality has had a lot of different interpretations. Some people were amused by the way he described what happened, some were drawn in by his intensity and his new fans – who he says are rape victims themselves – related to his reaction towards the circumstances. In their eyes, he became a sort of hero for speaking out and now making something positive of this situation for him and his family.”

There is no surprise that Dodson makes us uncomfortable for several reasons. As seen in the Today Show interview, many feel that Dodson’s rant now music video “perpetuates stereotypes of African Americans and makes light of a serious crime.”

For Errin Haines, “reactions were mixed. To many, it was a punchline forwarded to e-mail inboxes across the globe. Some were outraged that its popularity seemed to reinforce demeaning stereotypes of African-Americans. Still others saw someone standing up for himself and his community.” Haines quotes blogger Danielle Belton of the Black Snob what her characterization of the situation, to which she responded; “what I saw were two people who were very angry and frustrated because crime is so commonplace in poor communities. People got stuck on the humorous aspect of it. What happened to Kelly got pushed to the background.”

And when Belton discovered that the Dodsons were using this newfound celebrity to move out of their Huntsville project, Belton said that “so many people who have become Internet memes didn’t get anything out of it other than grief. They’re spreading awareness, raising money … taking advantage of this moment.”

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