And here we have it. Kitty Genovese caused her own murder by being racist (for the record, Winston Moseley never made that claim in his confession). It’s her fault that she was raped and killed, because she used “racist” words after being randomly assaulted by a rapist-murderer.
Thankfully, Bill Genovese pushed back:
Genovese: You realize he killed another woman.
Moseley: Uh, that’s something I’m not real, uh, you know, sure about…
Genovese: The other woman was African-American.
Moseley: Okay, well, maybe he did do that. I don’t know.
Moseley: Now, you know, um, let me just say this here. I was kinda apprehensive about talkin’ to you. From what I’ve understood, there was a Genovese crime family. [Moseley smirks.] Are you related to the crime family of the Genovese?
So all Genoveses in the U.S. are related, and they’re all Mafia, because all Italians are Mafia. This is nothing more than the black version of the old white racist myth that all blacks know one another. Again, Bill Genovese doesn’t let it slide:
Genovese: No, not at all.
Moseley: I’ve always been told that, that it had been the crime family that Kitty was from.
Genovese: Steven, between you and me, not true.
Moseley: Everybody in my family says to me, you know, “You’re crazy. You shouldn’t go there. You may not come back.”
So now he’s the victim.
Moseley: I said, “I know. I’m not afraid to die. If it’s my time to die, I’m ready to go.”
And a hero.
Genovese: So you’re not only cordial for coming here, but you’re courageous for coming here.
I hope Bill Genovese was being sarcastic with that final comment. But regardless, Steven Moseley personifies why black America is its own worst enemy. Here was a white guy reaching out, trying to forgive a black man who committed unspeakable acts against his sister. And what does he get from the black man’s son? Avoidance of responsibility, blame-shifting, an expectation that the white person should forgive without the black culprit expressing remorse, the invocation of racism in order to excuse and defend inexcusable and indefensible acts, ignorant racial conspiracy theories, and finally, victimhood.
Funny enough, the film’s director, James Solomon, seems to have watched a totally different movie than I did. In a January 2017 interview on Medium.com, Solomon called Genovese and Moseley Jr. “two truth-seeking men,” adding, “Bill didn’t pummel Steven with the truth about his father, but showed the grace to make room for both their stories. He instinctively felt it was more important in that moment to be human than to be right.”
Steven Moseley is not a “truth-seeking man.” He arrived at the interview believing racially comforting lies, and he left unchanged. And while I’m pleased that Bill Genovese didn’t end up forgiving his sister’s unrepentant murderer, whites have got to stop thinking that it’s “more important to be human than right.” You don’t have to make room for “both stories,” especially when you know one of the stories is pure bullshit.
No one should fear being right because of the skin color of the person who is wrong, and no one should feel pressured to forgive an unforgivable act because of the skin color of the person who committed it. I’d like to think that those sentiments are common sense, but these days, common sense in matters of race doesn’t seem to be in great demand.
I hope I’ll be forgiven for trying to employ it.
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