A Bronx man allegedly justified brutally raping a 20-year-old woman earlier this month by saying she “deserved it because us minorities have been through slavery,” according to court documents seen by the New York Post.
Temar Bishop, 23, made the remarks to a person who saw the woman bloodied after the attack, the documents said. Bishop is black. The unnamed victim is white.
“She was a white girl. She deserved it because us minorities have been through slavery,” Bishop allegedly said.
“This is what they used to do to us. This is what they did to us during slavery. They used to beat us and whip us.”
Police arrested Bishop on Friday on charges stemming from the June 1 assault. Officials are calling the attack a hate crime, the Post reported.
The attack reportedly occurred after the victim met up with Bishop and his friends on a Bronx rooftop. Police said he punched the woman in the face numerous times before raping her. Following the sexual assault, Bishop continued to beat the victim until she passed out, police said.
According to the court documents, the woman was “vomiting blood” after the attack. She suffered a broken nose, broken teeth and lacerations to her face and body.
Bishop is being held in a detention facility without bail. Police have charged him with two counts of predatory sexual assault, attempted murder, rape, two counts of assault, sexual abuse, assault and a hate crime.
Temar Bishop and race in America
Evil will always find a justification. But Bishop’s alleged attack comes amid a resurgent sense of black grievance on the left, powered by the likes of Black Lives Matter and former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
In the run-up to the 2020 elections, slavery reparations have become something of a liberal cause célèbre. On Wednesday, five years after championing the idea in an Atlantic cover story, Ta-Nehisi Coates testified at a House hearing on H.R. 40, a bill that would establish a commission to study reparations.
“The matter of reparations is one of making amends and direct redress, but it is also a question of citizenship. In H.R. 40, this body has a chance to both make good on its 2009 apology for enslavement, and reject fair-weather patriotism, to say that this nation is both its credits and debits,” he said. “Because the question really is not whether we’ll be tied to the somethings of our past, but whether we are courageous enough to be tied to the whole of them.”