I’ve eliminated Whitey from six of the 19 murders. Before going on discussing the other 13, I will write about this subject today and for some days next week about the scam in the U.S, attorney’s office Boston.
Going through the murders allegedly committed by Whitey Bulger brought today’s issue to my mind. It happened when I was rehashing the murders of the two women, Debbie Davis and Deborah Hussey that it was pointed out clearly to me. We are sort of a pretend society. We want to pretend one thing exists such as equality between men and women when our actions show that is not the case.
The intent behind the statement “black lives matter” was missed by my cousin from Maryland, Martin O’Malley, who is wasting his and our time running for the Democratic nomination, when he said “all lives matter” which he subsequently apologized for saying. The “black lives matter” statement is a shorthand way of people complaining that blacks are not treated equally especially by law enforcement authorities.
Here I suggest “women’s lives matter.” I do that in the context of our overall relationship to women in the United States. I cannot speak for the rest of the world, Many customs found outside our country seem to contradict this although they may not. So I talk about only what I know, America.
We’re all familiar with the “equal pay” movement and know about how women were not allowed to vote in national elections until 1920 although in some parts of the country they voted much earlier than that. Surprisingly those were not in the so-called enlightened Eastern states but out in the far western reaches of our country where things were much rougher and women much tougher. There were little frills in “dem dere parts.” Lace, silk, and satin were unknown to them.
Few people have commented on the nexus between women getting the vote and the country outlawing alcohol which happened about the same time at the end of what has been called the Progressive Era 1890 to 1920. That era coincided with the worst days of the Jim Crow Era which makes one think those progressive folk had little concern for blacks. Groups such as the Women’s Christian Temperance Union helped push both laws through. They were voted in by men.
The idea behind prohibition was that by keeping working men out of the bars and saloons they would stay more in the home and become more responsible citizens. The women put up with the man being about the home for a little more than a dozen years and as each year passed they became convinced they were better off with them in the bars. So in 1933 they chased them out again by repealing prohibition but they hung on to the right to vote.
Now you know during the trial of James “Whitey” Bulger we heard much about people being murdered. John Martorano told of his twenty murders, Steve Flemmi told of ten or so others, and there were the 19 that Whitey himself committed which were delved into with great care.
Some of the murders were of young men. Tony Veranis who I knew was 26 or 27; Martorano killed a couple of teen age black kids; Michael Milano was in his early or mid twenties. When hearing of their deaths no one seemed much bothered. Then there were the deaths of the two women. It was reported that some of the jurors cried when hearing of them. Everyone seemed to agree that it was a tragedy such young women had their lives destroyed in their mid-twenties.
It was reported one of the most important things Whitey cared about was not to be associated with their murders; that there were 17 other murders charged did not seem to matter. I was particularly incensed that Steve Flemmi would have involved himself murdering women. John Martorano during the Connolly trial was adamant in insisting that he never knowingly murdered a woman. (He would say that when he murdered the young black girl he did not know it was a girl. Would that have really made a difference to Martorano who never left behind witnesses?)
So when I say “women’s lives matter” it is in the context of comparing them to men. Why is it the deaths of young women cause such anguish while the deaths of young men seem to matter so little?