Don’t Blow It!: The Genarlow Wilson Saga

By Michael-Louis Ingram
Updated: August 11, 2007
NEW YORK – If our judicial system was truly one of equal justice under the law, you would never have heard of Genarlow Wilson.
Wilson, a 17-year old from Atlanta, was bringing in 2003 with friends at a New Year’s Eve party. In the course of the evening’s activities, he had consensual oral sex with a 15-year old female.

There were other kinds of sex going on that evening as well, as some of Wilson’s friends had intercourse with the girl, with the whole incident videotaped.
Police arrested Wilson and the others because the girl was judged to be inebriated beyond the point of consent.

For the ones who engaged in intercourse, the charge was rape — but because of a Georgia state statute that allows for consensual sex among teenagers, Wilson was found not guilty of rape.

He was, however, found guilty of having non-procreative sex with a minor in 2005, carrying with it a mandatory 10 year sentence and a lifetime listing as a registered sex offender.

The young woman never pressed charges against Wilson, admitted publicly that she consented to the act with the young man, but let’s say it like it is — the kid got 10 years for fellatio — a blow job.

So for the last 28 months, Wilson, an honor roll student with a 3.2 grade point average, no criminal record and by all accounts a regular teenager, has marked time because he responded to the normal urges of sexual beings.

//<![CDATA[ u003c/div> u003cdiv>u003cspan> u003c/span>u003c/div> u003cdiv>u003cspan>Because of the egregious nature of the sentencing, a groundswell to expungen the archaic law from the books has been successful, but not retroactive to Wilson's situation. u003c/span>u003c/div> u003cdiv>u003cspan> u003c/span>u003c/div> u003cdiv>u003cspan>The attorney general who put Wilson in jail, Thurbert Baker, probably never received a blow job in his life—how else could one explain the bellicose nature of such an anal-retentive translation of the law?u003c/span> u003c/div> u003cdiv>u003cspan> u003c/span>u003c/div> u003cdiv>u003cspan>That the light has been turned on for young Wilson is a welcome thing—but it again shows the roaches of reality always scurry back to hide from the real issues.u003c/span>u003c/div> u003cdiv>u003cspan> u003c/span>u003c/div> u003cdiv>u003cspan>And here the real issue as I see it is two-fold: the rigidity in the translation of the law and America's puritanical views on that three letter word—S-E-X.u003c/span>u003c/div> u003cdiv>u003cspan> u003c/span>u003c/div> u003cdiv>u003cspan>Genarlow Wilson's situation is a clear case of Prosecutors Gone Wild. Georgia's ass-backwards approach to the law in this case on all levelsn seemed to take the power from the presiding judge to inject some common sense into the equation. u003c/span>u003c/div> u003cdiv>u003cspan> u003c/span>u003c/div> u003cdiv>u003cspan>Many times judges have used good, sometimes innovative judgment in dealing suitable punishments for crimes committed. How many times have you heard of people who were caught and convicted for, say shoplifting and then because of their (lack of) a hardened criminal record, forced to wear a placard outside of the mall or Wal-Mart proclaiming they stole and are doing penance via public humiliation? u003c/span>u003c/div> u003cdiv>u003cspan> u003c/span>u003c/div> u003cdiv>u003cspan>It may seem a poor example in comparison to being charged with rape, but it makes a difference when appointed judges can go beyond the cookie-cutter approach to prosecution.u003c/span>u003c/div> u003cdiv>u003cspan> u003c/span>u003c/div> u003cdiv>u003cspan>In the 1970s, New York governor Nelson D. Rockefeller decided to flex his legislative muscles by introducing legislature that called for a mandatoryn 25 years to life sentence for possession of illegal drugs. With no judicial wiggle room, you did the same time whether you had 24 kilos of cocaine or a nickel bag of marijuana. “,1] ); //–> //]]>

Because of the egregious nature of the sentencing, a groundswell to expunge the archaic law from the books has been successful, but not retroactive to Wilson’s situation.

The attorney general who put Wilson in jail, Thurbert Baker, probably never received a blow job in his life — how else could one explain the bellicose nature of such an anal-retentive translation of the law?

That the light has been turned on for young Wilson is a welcome thing — but it again shows the roaches of reality always scurry back to hide from the real issues.

And here the real issue as I see it is two-fold: the rigidity in the translation of the law and America’s puritanical views on that three letter word — S-E-X.

Genarlow Wilson’s situation is a clear case of Prosecutors Gone Wild. Georgia’s ass-backwards approach to the law in this case on all levels seemed to take the power from the presiding judge to inject some common sense into the equation.

Many times judges have used good, sometimes innovative judgment in dealing suitable punishments for crimes committed. How many times have you heard of people who were caught and convicted for, say shoplifting and then because of their (lack of) a hardened criminal record, forced to wear a placard outside of the mall or Wal-Mart proclaiming they stole and are doing penance via public humiliation?

It may seem a poor example in comparison to being charged with rape, but it makes a difference when appointed judges can go beyond the cookie-cutter approach to prosecution.

In the 1970s, New York governor Nelson D. Rockefeller decided to flex his legislative muscles by introducing legislature that called for a mandatory 25 years to life sentence for possession of illegal drugs. With no judicial wiggle room, you did the same time whether you had 24 kilos of cocaine or a nickel bag of marijuana.

//<![CDATA[ u003c/div> u003cdiv>u003cspan> u003c/span>u003c/div> u003cdiv>u003cspan>Many citizens had their lives ruined by this law, which has gained attention over the last decade.u003c/span>u003c/div> u003cdiv>u003cspan> u003c/span>u003c/div> u003cdiv>u003cspan>The lock-step mentality by the Georgia Attorney General's office in insisting this kid do hard time because he got blown instead of screwing the girl got him screwed anyway. u003c/span>u003c/div> u003cdiv>u003cspan> u003c/span>u003c/div> u003cdiv>u003cspan>Never mind that the girl in question admitted sex with Wilson was consensual and did not file charges once she was of clear mind; let's not let facts get in the way of a good story.u003c/span>u003c/div> u003cdiv>u003cspan> u003c/span>u003c/div> u003cdiv>u003cspan>In all honesty, there is no way this young man won't eventually sue the AG's office and the state for every penny he can get—and hen will deserve every cent.u003c/span>u003c/div> u003cdiv>u003cspan> u003c/span>u003c/div> u003cdiv>u003cspan>And whatever punitive damages he can garner will hopefully include the scalp of Thurbert Baker and similar vacuous, venal and venereal vainglorious vermin who get their rocks off on ruining people's lives while they smugly and hypocritically dive their faces into the crotch of Lady Justice behind closed doors. u003c/span>u003c/div> u003cdiv>u003cspan> u003c/span>u003c/div> u003cdiv>u003cspan>It's no wonder as to why the bitch wears a blindfold—she knows how fucked up the system really is if you're black. The poor kid did everything right and a black man handed him a 10 year sentence like he was ordering a sandwich at the deli. u003c/span>u003c/div> u003cdiv>u003cspan> u003c/span>u003c/div> u003cdiv>u003cspan>But Wilson's case is not about victimization; it's about the mores of a sexually schizophrenic society. u003c/span>u003c/div> u003cdiv>u003cspan> u003c/span>u003c/div> u003cdiv>u003cspan>Which brings us to that other thang—sex. You can't even say the word withoutn getting a rise out of someone in some kind of way. u003cspan> u003c/span>But in the case of the Georgia legislature, these archaic laws seem more designed to protect Miss Ann from those sex-starved u003cb>u003ci>nigras.u003c/i>u003c/b>u003c/span>u003c/div> u003cdiv>u003cspan> u003c/span>u003c/div> u003cdiv>”,1] ); //–> //]]>

Many citizens had their lives ruined by this law, which has gained attention over the last decade.

The lock-step mentality by the Georgia Attorney General’s office in insisting this kid do hard time because he got blown instead of screwing the girl got him screwed anyway.

Never mind that the girl in question admitted sex with Wilson was consensual and did not file charges once she was of clear mind; let’s not let facts get in the way of a good story.

In all honesty, there is no way this young man won’t eventually sue the AG’s office and the state for every penny he can get — and he will deserve every cent.

And whatever punitive damages he can garner will hopefully include the scalp of Thurbert Baker and similar vacuous, venal and venereal vainglorious vermin who get their rocks off on ruining people’s lives while they smugly and hypocritically dive their faces into the crotch of Lady Justice behind closed doors.

It’s no wonder as to why the bitch wears a blindfold — she knows how fucked up the system really is if you’re black. The poor kid did everything right and a black man handed him a 10-year sentence like he was ordering a sandwich at the deli.

But Wilson’s case is not about victimization; it’s about the mores of a sexually schizophrenic society.

Which brings us to that other thang — sex. You can’t even say the word without getting a rise out of someone in some kind of way. But in the case of the Georgia legislature, these archaic laws seem more designed to protect Miss Ann from those sex-starved nigras.

//<![CDATA[ u003cspan>Fear of a Mandingo Planetu003c/span>u003c/b>u003c/div> u003cdiv>u003cb>u003cspan> u003c/span>u003c/b>u003c/div> u003cdiv>u003cspan>Laws have been on the books against sex with minors in every state, but in certain situations where both protagonists are minors, the one indicted can be charged as an adult. Since Wilson was charged as an adult, why wasn't the other consenting person considered to be an adult in the eyes of the court as well? u003c/span>u003c/div> u003cdiv>u003cspan> u003c/span>u003c/div> u003cdiv>u003cspan>If I put myself in the place of Wilson, I'm getting blown, too, because I'm young, horny and the girl is of a consenting nature. Is she still 15? Yes—but I'm only two years older.u003c/span>u003c/div> u003cdiv>u003cspan> u003c/span>u003c/div> u003cdiv>u003cspan>But God helpn that kid had he gotten a blow job by a white girl. The echoes of the Emmitt Till murder still reverberate throughout the consciousness of Black folk; and Wilson would've probably been put under the jail. u003cspan>  u003c/span>u003cspan> u003c/span>u003c/span>u003c/div> u003cdiv>u003cspan> u003c/span>u003c/div> u003cdiv>u003cspan>This isn't like the sick shit that is encouraged by groups like NAMBLA (North American Man-Boy Love Association) advocating sex with pre-pubescent boys; which, by the way gets not-for-profit status by our government. u003c/span>u003c/div> u003cdiv>u003cb>u003ci>u003cspan> u003c/span>u003c/i>u003c/b>u003c/div> u003cdiv>u003cspan>But anything beyond the missionary mindset, whether young or old, seems to foster derision instead of delight.u003c/span>u003c/div> u003cdiv>u003cspan> u003c/span>u003c/div> u003cdiv>u003cspan>We're outraged by former President Clinton's getting his knob washed by Monica Lewinsky, but accept the blow job Lewinsky gives us when she said she was saving the cum-stained dress "just in case."u003c/span>u003c/div> n u003cdiv>u003cspan> u003c/span>u003c/div> u003cdiv>u003cspan>I just wish Clinton had finished the sentence after he said, "I did not have sexual relations with that woman," with "but she sucked the shit outta my dick."u003c/span>u003c/div> u003cdiv>u003cspan> u003c/span>u003c/div> u003cdiv>u003cspan>And some of the same muthafuckas that called for Clinton's head were getting eventually busted for inappropriate sexual behavior with page boys.”,1] ); //–> //]]> Fear of a Mandingo Planet
Laws have been on the books against sex with minors in every state, but in certain situations where both protagonists are minors, the one indicted can be charged as an adult. Since Wilson was charged as an adult, why wasn’t the other consenting person considered to be an adult in the eyes of the court as well?

If I put myself in the place of Wilson, I’m getting blown, too, because I’m young, horny and the girl is of a consenting nature. Is she still 15? Yes — but I’m only two years older.

But God help that kid had he gotten a blow job by a white girl. The echoes of the Emmitt Till murder still reverberate throughout the consciousness of Black folk; and Wilson would’ve probably been put under the jail.

This isn’t like the sick shit that is encouraged by groups like NAMBLA (North American Man-Boy Love Association) advocating sex with pre-pubescent boys; which, by the way gets not-for-profit status by our government.
But anything beyond the missionary mindset, whether young or old, seems to foster derision instead of delight.

We’re outraged by former President Clinton’s getting his knob washed by Monica Lewinsky, but accept the blow job Lewinsky gives us when she said she was saving the cum-stained dress “just in case.”

I just wish Clinton had finished the sentence after he said, “I did not have sexual relations with that woman,” with “but she sucked the shit outta my dick.”

And some of the same muthafuckas that called for Clinton’s head were getting eventually busted for inappropriate sexual behavior with page boys.

//<![CDATA[ u003c/div> u003cdiv>u003cspan> u003c/span>u003c/div> u003cdiv>u003cspan>Certain members of the Moral Majority's extended family were also snagged while playing spit-and-swallow with the family values as well, apparently turning the other cheek in a manner not recalled in the Bible. u003cspan>  u003c/span>u003c/span>u003c/div> u003cdiv>u003cspan> u003c/span>u003c/div> u003cdiv>u003cspan>For many serving our country in Iraq and Afghanistan, the love they offer in serving has turned into a rectal reaming, as our country's leaders offer these noble charges weapons of ass destruction–with nary a dab of AstroLube. u003c/span>u003c/div>n u003cdiv>u003cspan> u003c/span>u003c/div> u003cdiv>u003cspan>But evoke any image, perceived or real of Black male power or sexuality and this society's conditioned reflex is to neuter and emasculate it. And let there be no doubt, Genarlow Wilson was a powerful young man—college ready, with infinite academic and athletic opportunities awaiting him. u003c/span>u003c/div> u003cdiv>u003cspan> u003c/span>u003c/div> u003cdiv>u003cspan>As all the trappings of potential power are sexually appealing to whites, so too are they just as appealing to Black folks. u003c/span>u003c/div> u003cdiv>u003cspan>u003cspan> u003c/span>u003c/span>u003c/div> u003cdiv>u003cspan>It seems the more pious the voice, the bigger the freak they are, and, make no mistake, this is a freaky country.u003c/span>u003c/div> u003cdiv>u003cspan> u003c/span>u003c/div> u003cdiv>u003cspan>And until Genarlow Wilson is a free man, y'all, better keep it in your pants; or read your respective states laws on Fornication Under Consent of the KING.u003c/span>u003c/div> u003cdiv>u003cspan> u003c/span>u003c/div> u003cdiv>u003cspan>u003ca hrefu003d”mailto:mingram@suavvmagaine.com” targetu003d”_blank” onclicku003d”return top.js.OpenExtLink(window,event,this)”>mingram@suavvmagaine.comu003c/a>u003c/span>u003c/div> u003cdiv>u003cspan> u003c/span>u003c/div> u003cdiv>u003cspan>u003cspan>  u003c/span>u003c/span>u003c/div>u003cbr>u003c/blockquote>u003c/div>u003cbr>u003cbr clearu003d”all”>u003cbr>– u003cbr>Tony McClean, Editor In Chiefu003cbr>Black Athlete Sports Networku003cbr>(u003ca hrefu003d”http://www.blackathlete.com” targetu003d”_blank” onclicku003d”return top.js.OpenExtLink(window,event,this)”>www.blackathlete.comu003c/a> ) u003c/blockquote>u003cbr>u003c/span>u003c/div>”,0] ); //–> //]]>

Certain members of the Moral Majority’s extended family were also snagged while playing spit-and-swallow with the family values as well, apparently turning the other cheek in a manner not recalled in the Bible.

For many serving our country in Iraq and Afghanistan, the love they offer in serving has turned into a rectal reaming, as our country’s leaders offer these noble charges weapons of ass destruction — with nary a dab of AstroLube.

But evoke any image, perceived or real of Black male power or sexuality and this society’s conditioned reflex is to neuter and emasculate it. And let there be no doubt, Genarlow Wilson was a powerful young man — college ready, with infinite academic and athletic opportunities awaiting him.
As all the trappings of potential power are sexually appealing to whites, so too are they just as appealing to Black folks.

It seems the more pious the voice, the bigger the freak they are, and, make no mistake, this is a freaky country.

And until Genarlow Wilson is a free man, y’all, better keep it in your pants; or read your respective states laws on Fornication Under Consent of the KING.

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