A list of other incidents which indicate the degree of local racism are as follows:
Fall, 1994 – A nineteen-year-old African-American male was found hanged to death thirty miles north of Springfield. Although information to the contrary exists, his death was officially ruled a suicide.
December, 1997 – An African-decent man was brutally beaten by three European-American skinheads. He had to be taken to the hospital. Two of the skinheads were arrested, but they eventually received sentences of 5-years probation.June 17, 2001 – An African-American man was stabbed three times in a Denny’s Restaurant by skinheads (reportedly 15 skinheads-shaved heads, Aryan Nations tee-shirts, swastikas, and white supremacist tattoos). Although there were several witnesses at the time of the incident, no one had been arrested, despite the fact that the Justice Department was involved in the investigation. Community activists/advocates who had tried to get updated information about the case got no responses from the Justice Department representatives. Amazingly, around January 25, 2004, an announcement was made that local law enforcement officers along with the FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) would be investigating the case. The community will have to see what happens.
August, 2001 – Four African-American county jail inmates were urinated on by two European-American jailers. Although the inmates had asked to speak to civil rights activists, such contact was denied. The inmates eventually received $25,000 settlements each. Yet most of them used the money to bail themselves out of jail, pay back child support and to pay their attorneys. At this writing, community activists/advocates who have filed a complaint about the incident with the U.S. Justice Department at the request of two inmates’ relatives have not received a response.August, 2002 – After an African-American man complained to the police chief about police harassment, he had a visit soon after from two European-American police officers who threatened to take him to jail if he ever complained to the chief again.October 2, 2002 – An African-descent male originally from Kenya was found hanged to death about a hundred feet away from the site of the 1906 lynching. His death was officially ruled a suicide, but community activists/advocates do not think so.
July 25, 2003 – An African-American youth (nineteen years old) was found dead hanging from a rope just outside of Springfield. This information circulated by word of mouth as the event did not end up being reported in the newspaper. Many people in the African-American community learned about the incident more than six months later.
«Article published Jul 9, 2005Teens face lynching charges in Gaffney
LYNNE POWELL,CherokeeCountyBureauGAFFNEY — A black 16-year-old who was assaulted by five white teenagers in an apparently racially motivated attack has already forgiven his assailants, his grandmother says.But BrendaClyburn says he still fears for his safety.Rising Gaffney High SchooljuniorIsaiahClyburn continues to recover from bruises, cuts and possible internal injuries after the five teenagers he had never seen before allegedly beat him Thursday evening.Isaiah was walking along Ellis Ferry Road about 6 p.m. after spending time with friends, enjoying his afternoon off from his part-time job at a local restaurant. As three trucks filled with the five boys passed, one of the boys yelled a racial slur before the trucks turned back down the road toward him.Christopher Scott Cates, 17, of 1120Campton Road in Inman, climbed out of one truck and began fighting with Isaiah in the road, Sheriff BillBlanton said.The four other teenagers — 18-year-old Justin Ashley Phillips of 207 Crooked Tree Drive in Inman, 17-year-old Kenneth Miller of 144 Colony Pike Road in Inman, Jerry Christopher Toney of 1005 Melody Lane in Spartanburg and 16-year-old Luke Grice of Inman — got out of the trucks and kicked and hit Isaiah, Blanton said.
Detective David Oglesby charged all five with second-degree lynching and also charged Miller with reckless driving. Grice has been charged as an adult. Lynching carries a maximum of 20 years in prison.
“I don’t know how else to say it, but an angel appeared and saved Isaiah,” Brenda Clyburn said.
The man Isaiah’s grandmother calls an angel hasn’t been identified by police or prosecutors, but Blanton said a man who was driving along Ellis Ferry saw what was happening, pulled Isaiah into his car and called 911.
The suspects got back into their trucks, and Miller wrecked the truck he was driving in an effort to leave before police arrived, Blanton said.
Brenda Clyburn said she and her son, Steven, are thankful Isaiah received minor injuries.
Isaiah was released from Upstate Carolina Medical Center and is recuperating at home. He wasn’t present Friday afternoon for the bail hearing for each of his alleged attackers.
The Clyburn family doesn’t bear any ill will toward the teenagers, and Isaiah, who became a Christian three months ago, has asked for prayers.
“I don’t really understand what the boys were doing,” Brenda Clyburn said. “I don’t know if they really knew what they were doing, if they’re ashamed or what, but (the severity of the crime) seemed to hit them when police put handcuffs on them.
“This could have been a terrible tragedy, but Isaiah had angels looking after him.”
Assistant Solicitor Abel Gray requested high bail for each of the suspects, saying they pose a threat to the community and have no ties to Cherokee County.
Cates has a pending charge of malicious injury to personal property in Spartanburg County. None of the other suspects have prior criminal records.
Gray told Judge Frank Crocker that Isaiah’s father fears for his son’s safety and described the attack as “vicious and heinous.” Gray also pointed to the “randomness” and “severity” of the assault.
Crocker set bail for each of the suspects at $50,000, ordered them to be home by 9 p.m. each night, and instructed them not to have any contact with the Clyburn family.
The suspects, wearing dirt-stained clothes from the day before, didn’t speak at their hearing.
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Hundreds looked on as an angry mob dragged a black University of Missouri janitor from his jail cell in April 1923, publicly lynching him before he could stand trial on charges of raping a white professor’s 14-year-old daughter.Historians say the instigators included some of Columbia’s most prominent citizens. The crowd that watched James T. Scott hang was filled with laughing and cheering students from the first public university west of the Mississippi River.Eighty-seven years later, civic leaders have come together to confront an ugly episode in Columbia and correct the record on the death of Scott, who insisted the rape allegation was a case of mistaken identity.Local filmmaker Scott Wilson teamed up last month with the Boone County medical examiner’s office to successfully lobby state officials to change the cause of death on Scott’s death certificate.The primary cause is now listed as “asphyxia due to hanging by lynching by assailants.” A secondary cause of “committed rape” was removed and now reads “never tried or convicted of rape.”“This was done solely for one purpose,” Dr. Michael Panella, associate medical examiner, said of the original listing. “And that was to justify an unjustifiable and heinous act.”
Scott, a 35-year-old married janitor at the medical school, was arrested April 21, 1923, one day after the reported rape of Regina Almstedt, the teenage daughter of a German literature professor.
The girl identified Scott based on his distinctive “Charlie Chaplin” mustache and a chemical odor she said her attacker carried. Scott maintained his innocence to the very end. With the noose at the ready, he spoke of his own 15-year-old daughter. He also identified a cellmate whom he said confessed to the attack.
Even the girl’s father implored the 1,000-man mob to spare Scott until he could stand trial. Hermann Almstedt was reportedly threatened with a lynching of his own. Scott was killed eight days after his arrest.
Several hundred people gathered Sunday at Second Missionary Baptist Church for a service organized to raise money for a headstone for Scott’s grave. A nondescript grave marker now designates his burial site in what was once the segregated section of the 190-year-old Columbia cemetery.
Organizers say the effort is about trying heal wounds from a decidedly dark chapter in local history.
Keynote speaker Patrick Huber, an associate professor of history at Missouri University of Science and Technology whose undergraduate thesis discussed the Scott lynching, said the killing was one of more than 4,000 racially motivated lynchings in this country from 1885 to 1923 — including 75 in Missouri.
Communities nationwide are working to re-examine histories of racist violent acts, said Mark Potok, who tracks hate crimes for the Southern Poverty Law Center in Montgomery, Ala. Among those places is Tulsa, Okla., which recently opened a “reconciliation park” recognizing a deadly 1921 riot that killed dozens, injured hundreds and destroyed thousands of homes.
“There are more and more places around America trying to come to grips with their racial past,” he said.
Minneapolis resident Bradley Stewart was among those at the downtown Columbia church Sunday night. His sister Janna, a southern Missouri lawyer, described how their late father talked about attending Scott’s lynching as a 4-year-old.
Stewart said he came to the service “to bury family ghosts.”
Columbia mayor and longtime resident Bob McDavid said he only recently learned about Scott, but told those gathered that an event recent enough to occur in the their lifetime was one that never should be forgotten.
“The James Scott lynching did not happen in a different world, in a different time or a different place,” he said.
Hi readers. New Orleans, maybe 1987, somewhere in there. The year Jesse Jackson ran for Prez. I was there for the American Public Health Association Convention and Jesse [I figure we’re close enough now so’s I can call him Jesse] was speaking at the next session. But right now there was a General Assembly and all that dreary nap-taking I’d slipped away from.
So there I was, standing in front of a urinal in the New Orleans Convention Center and two giant black guys step up behind me, tell me I’ve got to get out-the-restroom. I scowl and tell them I’ll be gone in a sec, but trying to speed the process wouldn’t help.
One of them touched my arm and I explained, while still occupied below, I wasn’t looking for sex. I mentioned it because a lot of attendees at the APHA that year were definitely looking for sex in the restrooms. They were giving away rubbers on the Exhibit Area booths and people were running back and forth from the rubber exhibits to the restroom stalls to try them out.
The black guy in a suit I’d just explained about not looking for sex to paused a moment and seemed to debate what to do next when Jesse Jackson stepped up, patted him, grinned at me, and told him, “It’s all right. I got to piss!”
From that time until this I’ve always considered myself something of an expert on racial relations.
Anyway, I just want to say, I think Jesse would have stood up better under scrutiny if he’d stayed the hell out of Ferguson, him and Al Sharpton, both.
Everyone else who doesn’t live there, also.
Fact is, this is going to run the whole course, due process is going to see the light of day. It’s too big and too widespread for anyone to sweep it under the carpet.
Due process. Which is the best anyone can hope for. Nobody knows precisely what happened, nobody’s seen all the evidence, and no good will come from any of us trying to second guess it now. It is no longer our affair.
You, and Jesse Jackson, and I, and everyone else probably don’t need to be trying the almost certainly guilty-as-hell cop on the Internet. A jury is going to do that. Plenty of admissible evidence will come forward and some sort of justice will be done, one-way-or-the-other. It’s how America works.
And if they turn him loose even under national scrutiny the folks in Ferguson can hunt him down and lynch him. It’s how things have been done throughout American history whenever the law didn’t properly atone for the sins where racial matters are involved.
The tail end of due process, more-or-less.
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Hi readers. Thanks for coming by for a read this morning.
We human beings would be a lot more believable if we weren’t such lying, greedy, opportunistic sneaky creatures. Some cop in Ferguson, MO, shot himself a young black man the other day, as cops have a way of doing when the wife has a headache or the dog bites them, or the car needs new tires. And when they do it tends to piss off the black Native Americans who live in the communities where it happens.
Black Native Americans aren’t that different from White Native Americans or Hispanic Native Americans in that regard. They don’t like people killing their kids just for the amusement it gives them. If it were the kids of middle-to-upper-middle to upper-class White Native Americans the cop-bosses would be on the shooters like stink on crap if they couldn’t arrange for a throw-down weapon or construe some other excuse for the officer having a bad day.
But Hispanic Native Americans and Black Native Americans only enjoy the privilege of having cops beating their kids to death on pain of having the copshops shaking his hand and congratulating him, mostly. The copshop attitude toward those matters is generally that if the kid wasn’t doing something at that moment they probably owed him one from sometime they didn’t know about.
Which tends to raise the ire down in the hoods among the family and potential targets for police officer tension management moments. Down in the hood it’s not difficult to understand some mild frustrations exist as a result of the fact the problem’s lingered so badly, overall. They’d like to see something done about it. This time, every time. They’d legitimately like to see the officer beaten to death, or otherwise treated with reciprocal formality. Legitimate grievance.
So what the hell do they do? They smash and loot candy bars and free potatio chips out of the local convenience store. Owned by people who didn’t have a damned thing to do with killing the kid. Stand off in the distance and yell, throw rocks. Stupid.
It’s as though they’re taking lessons from Israel, going on a binge of killing and property theft and destruction directed at people who had nothing to do with firing rockets or kidnapping Israeli kids. Smash and grab for the property in Palestine they haven’t settled yet with good Israelis. Stealing candy and potato chips in the form of minerals in the Med off the coast of Gaza.
We human beings are surely sneaky. But we still have a lot to learn from Israel, and Israel doesn’t learn from anyone, even their own history and the long history of Jews worldwide. Same as the rest of us they’ve never been guiltless. But it would be a shame to see Israel screw things up for honest, only ordinary-level dishonest and greedy Jews elsewhere in the world. Jews who are behaving the way the rest of us barely believable and secretly greedy non-Jews behave. Which is about the best anyone could ask for from humans. But Israel going over the top with it makes everyone look bad in the eyes of people prone to hate Jews anyway.
We’d be a lot more believable, we humans if we weren’t so dishonest. And greedy. And mean as snakes.
You’ve got to admit, Israelis and the Black Native Americans down in the worst neighborhoods stealing anything they can get their hands on and mugging anyone weak enough to be mugged, are surprisingly similar. Both begging for handouts from the US Government, and Israel actually receiving a cumulative $130 billion or so for their efforts, though mostly in weaponry. Nobody buys guns for anyone in the hood, which is unfair any way you cut it.
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I’m sharing it with you because there’s almost no likelihood you’ll believe it. This lunatic asylum I call my life has so many unexpected twists and turns I won’t even try to guess where it’s going. I’d suggest you try to find some laughs here. You won’t find wisdom. Good luck.