Renate Hill is one of the New Jersey 4 whom I’ve blogged about several times, including here and here. The following, written by Mollie Brown, Renata’s mom, was forwarded to me by Nicole. If you click on the banner above or on the button at the top of my blog, you can learn how to support Renate and the three other women who have been sent to prison. As far as I am concerned, these women are political prisoners. — Heart
The media has been as biased as the judge was in this case. The media made my daughter and her friends seem like they were out looking for trouble. The reporters didn’t even try to get the girls’ side of the story. My daughter and I would have welcomed a thorough police investigation of this case, but that never happened. Instead, my daughter Renata and her friends were wrongfully arrested, slandered in the newspapers, and put in prison.
According to the media, a group of Black women automatically equals a gang. We are always singled out as women, as lesbians, and as Black. This so-called “lesbian gang attack” is not being called what it really is, which is gay bashing. The man who put his hands around my daughter’s neck and tried to strangle her is still on the street, free to harass and attack other women, while my daughter is in prison for doing nothing but defending herself and her friends.
This kind of thing has been going on for a long time. I have gone through it all my life. I used to go to the West Village all the time to socialize and enjoy myself, but lately I’ve been afraid to go back there. I am suffering health problems as a result of the stress of this situation. Why should one person ruin everything for me and my daughter when we haven’t done anything but be ourselves? Lesbians should be free wherever we go. We are not criminals. We should not have to be ashamed of who we are. Our sexual preference does NOT make us less worthy of respect and common courtesy. We are hardworking citizens and members of our communities.
Renata has never been in any trouble before. Before this situation, she did not have a police record. I love my daughter deeply and I have always supported her. She is a good mother and a highly intelligent and creative young woman and I am very proud of her. I have never been separated from my daughter until now.
My 6-year-old grandson spent his birthday apart from his mother and he doesn’t even know why. He asks me every day when his mother is going to get out of jail. What am I supposed to tell this little boy? He shouldn’t have to go through this. None of us should. This cycle of gay bashing, hatefulness, and broken-up families has to stop.