Am I Reading This Right?

By Ta-Nehisi Coates

I saw this over the weekend, but filed it away, but Bristol Palin is essentially claiming that she was raped by Levi Johnston, yes? 


Bristol lies to her mother, Sarah Palin, telling her she's "going to stay the night at Ema's house," (Pg. 2) but instead goes off on a camping trip in Point MacKenzie with her "ruggedly handsome boyfriend," Levi Johnston. In the back of Levi's red pickup truck are "firearms for protection against wildlife, and lots of alcohol." At this point, young Bristol hadn't had a sip of alcohol, and especially "didn't know that the girly flavored wine coolers were just as likely to get you drunk as the hard stuff." (Pg. 2) 

Bristol proceeds to down wine cooler after wine cooler, as she "slowly surrendered to their woozy charms." (Pg. 3) Levi keeps replacing her finished wine coolers with new ones, and soon Bristol hits "that awful wall" that takes her from a "happy buzz" into "the dark abyss of drunkenness." (Pg. 3) The last thing she remembers is sitting by the fire and laughing with friends, and doesn't remember waking up in her tent the next morning "with something obviously askew."

Perhaps accusing him of rape isn't her intent, but that is the legal implication. More horrifying is the attendant notion that her mother then announced plans for her to marry her alleged rapist.


Again, please correct me if I'm connecting the wrong dots. This is really, uhm, strange.

This article available online at:

http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2011/06/am-i-reading-this-right/240893/