Saturday, February 26, 2011

Was Star Black MS High School Football Player Billy Joe Johnson Murdered By a Sheriff's Deputy Because Johnson's Girlfriend Had White Skin?

African American Pundit (AAP) asks how and why a seventeen year-old  star high school football player Billy Joe Johnson died on the road, shot with a shotgun, in the presence of a George County, Mississippi sheriff's deputy?  The police say Billy Joe Johnson had tried to break into the house of his white girlfriend (he had the admiration of girls of every skin color), but the police also say that Billy Joe Johnson died in a typical traffic stop, after he ran a red light.

The police say that the sheriff's deputy went o radio from his car when all of a sudden Billy Joe shot himself in the mouth with a shot gun, and the shotgun was found laying on top of him.  I wish the late Johnny Cochran were alive, such was his ability to show the absurdity of police testimony before a jury.  But, Johnny Cochran has gone on to greener pastures, leaving his his legacy for the rest of us to emulate.  'If the story doesn't fit, it must be bullshit.'

So which of the police's two stories is true, if any of them is true.  Did he die because his white girlfriend called the police after he allegedly tried to break into her house?  Did he die because he ran a red light in a typical traffic stop?  Or did he die because he was the most famous and renowned member of his community, beloved by all except those who viscerally hate Black men, and particularly Black men who date white women.

This case shows the poverty of the word "racism".   If the sheriff's deputy was responsible in some way, was it because he was envious, jealous, color-aroused to envy, jealousy and fury by Johnson's bichromatic relationships, or did he die because white policemen believe that all Black men deserve to be in prison or dead.  Did Billy Joe die because he didn't bow and scrape in the face of the sheriff's deputy?

It seems to me that the white girlfriend whose home was allegedly the target of a break-in attempt by Johnson that night is a valuable witness in this case.  Did she call the police?  Was she afraid of her boyfriend?  Or is this alleged detail just another piece of propaganda invented by the George County, MS Sheriff's Department in a bold attempt to legitimize the execution of a star football player who had not even allegedly committed a capital crime or threatened an officer?

Don't the police ALWAYS come forward with some unrelated and alleged act of wrongdoing in a young Black man's history in an attempt to demonstrate that police probably made the right decision when they decided to execute a Black man during a traffic stop?

This case stinks like rat that died in a hidden corner of the House of America.

There is so much that we don't know.  That's why we call on Attorney General Eric Holder to visit the family in Mississippi and comfort them in the knowledge that the Justice Department is doing everything possible to find and disseminate the facts in this case.  If President Obama can meet on the White House lawn with a police officer whose feelings have been hurt, then certainly Attorney General Eric Holder can meet in Mississippi with the grieving and anguished family of the late Billy Joe Johnson,  promising them as much action is legally warranted after a full investigation.

It cannot and must not be a capital crime for a Black teenager to be a star football player and to date women regardless of their skin color.  And Black young men must not die at random at the hands of sheriffs' deputies in the States of Mississippi in the year 2011.

I call on Attorney General Eric Holder to personally meet with the family, and to order the questioning of the sheriff's deputy and the white girlfriend, and gather others evidence as the facts warrant, before deciding what action is appropriate to vindicate the right to be alive, even if you are a star high school Black football player with a white girlfriend in Mississippi.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Ms. Recy Taylor: Police Colluded When Black Mother was Gang Raped in 1944 by Local White Men

This is a very compelling guest post by African American Pundit.

As the story of Recy Taylor gets told through the Internet by The RootField Negro, and other African American and progressive bloggers, so does the need to fight for justice.  Across the nation, African Americans, infact, all Americans are reading and learning about the horror experienced by Recy Taylor.
Recy Taylor Pictures & Photos
Recy Taylor at 90, standing tall and still waiting for justice.

As Reported by The Root, Cynthia Gordy, “Sept. 3, 1944: It's a damp evening in the Alabama black belt, nearly midnight, but services at Rock Hill Holiness Church in the small town of Abbeville have just let out.

Painting of Rock Hill Holiness Church

Recy Taylor, a 24-year-old sharecropper, sets out along the town's fertile peanut plantations, accompanied for the walk home by two other worshippers from the African-American congregation. Moments later, a green Chevrolet rolls by -- and their routine journey takes a horrifying turn.

Wielding knives and guns, seven white men get out of the car, according to Taylor and witnesses from a state investigation of the case.

One shoves Taylor in the backseat; the rest squeeze in after her and ride off. Her panicked friends run to tell the sheriff. After parking in a deserted grove of pecan trees, the men order the young wife and mother out at gunpoint, shouting at her to undress. Six of them rape Taylor that night. Once finished, they drive her back to the road, ordering her out again before roaring off into the darkness.

Days after the brutal attack, Taylor's story traveled through word of mouth, catching the attention of a Montgomery NAACP activist named Rosa Parks. A seasoned anti-rape crusader, who focused on the sexual assaults of black women that were commonplace in the segregated South, Parks would eventually help bring the case international notice. Despite her efforts, however, in Jim Crow-era Alabama, Taylor's assailants were never punished.” More HERE

Fast forward to today, days after The Root’s report on the brutal attack, Taylor's story still travels, this time not only by word of mouth, but also through the internet, through black bloggers, and then through word of mouth, catching the attention of thousands of bloggers and readers throughout the U.S. and around the world.

Today it’s not only the Montgomery NAACP activist named Rosa Parks who would eventually help bring the case international notice, today it is the internet and blogs New Black Woman, Marians Blog, Black Femme blog, Black BuzzNew Black ManDamn Theory in of 2010, African American News and Commentary and many other Black and progressive blogs.
Family supports Recy Taylor from a distance.

Enter Tracey, who resides in New York state with her mother (Mrs M), who at one time lived in… yes you guessed it, Abbeville, Alabama.  

Tracey, in an inclusive Interview with African American Pundit shares more information on this continuing story of Recy Taylor: A Symbol of Jim Crow's Forgotten Horror

AAP: So Tracey, What is your involvement in the Recy Taylor Story?

Tracey :  Well Pundit, I first read about the Recy Taylor story on The Root and The Field Negro.

After talking with my mom and family I decided to write the Field Negro asking how I could help make this story come to life throughout the afrosphere/afrospear and blogosphere. I guess you and he talked about it, and that’s how I’m here now talking with you.

AAP: So walk us through what happened when you read the story:

Tracey:  “As I was reading the story I thought hmm… Alabama.  Then I read Abbeville, Alabama; wait a minute, Abbeville, that were my mom is from, it’s a very small town and literally, everyone knows everybody, so I said,  let me call my mom (Mrs M) and ask her if she was familiar with Ms. Taylor and her story.”

AAP: So what happened?
Tracey: “Well Pundit, I lot of things were going through my head at the time.  First off, I knew I had to be careful with questions that I asked my mom, I have always been sensitive about that, because I know her experiences back in Alabama during that time could bring back good memories, but also horrible memories of Jim Crow...”  So, at first I asked my mom if she heard about this gang rape that took place in the forties in Abbeville, Alabama. 
My mom asked the woman's name…  Then there was silence… and after a 15 or 20 seconds she said that is my Uncle Virgil's daughter.  At that point, I thought to myself… wow that makes her my cousin… Well, to say I was stunned would be an understatement.  I then went on to ask her many questions about the incident and the more my mom talked, I just could not believe what was happening.”
AAP: So Your Mom and dad were in the movement?
Tracey: “My mom and dad grew up in Alabama and were active participants in what we now call "The Civil Rights Movement"; sometimes I believe people think of it as some glorious movement, but instead these were people who were sick and very tired of the treatment they were receiving and decided to take part in civil disobedience.  I was always reluctant to ask my mom or my dad about their experiences in Alabama, due to what bad memories my questions would dredge up.  And here I was asking about an incident that happened in her hometown and I found out about it on a national blog.  I was talking to another younger cousin of mine and we cannot believe that we both had learned about Ms. Recy's this way.”
The rapist may have been a Federal workers son and his friends 
AAP: So what more do you know, or can share at this time?
Tracey:  “My mom shared with me that when this happened she was a girl, she learned about what happened from hearing "the old folks" talk.  Allegedly one of the participants was my mom's and Ms. Recy's mailman son and his friends.  Everyone knew who did it, but the sheriff wouldn't arrest anyone.  My mom also said she was left on the side of the road like trash after they were done.  My mom's sister, my Aunt X, (she still lives in Abbeville, Alabama so I will use X for now) told her that in 1991, Ms. Recy's brother tried to get the authorities to investigate the case, but he refused saying that those involved were dead.  Not true.”
AAP: Is your mom available for an interview?
Tracey:  Yes she and my Aunt are available to assist in any way they can to bring this chapter of Ms. Recy Taylor into the open and provide closure for her as she sees fit. Since Ms. Recy only wants an apology from the state of Alabama; I support her in that request. It would be wonderful if the Governor would ensure that would happen. It's the very least he could do.
AAP: Thank You Tracey. I look forward to further discussing this situation with you, your mom, and your aunt in the upcoming days.
Sidebar:  Tracey, her mother Mrs. M, and Aunt X, all family to Recy Taylor, are eager to continue the Fight for Justice in support of Recy Taylor. These strong Black women want justice to be served in Abbeville, (Henry County) Alabama. They have all gone from disbelief, anger, shock to a place in which they want to right a wrong.
As The Root reports, “It's unclear what legal options the family has today, but because Alabama has no statute of limitations on rape, McGuire posts that Taylor's case could potentially be reopened if the assailants are still alive. "There may be a possibility that they could sue the county or sheriff's department for obstruction of justice, given the cover-up," she said. "A creative attorney could certainly find a way." Tracey agrees with her Cousin Recy Taylor who recently said in The Root, "It was a long time ago," she says finally. "But I still think something should have been done about it."

This is part 1 of a 3 part interview. Part 2, Recy Taylor A Fight for Justice on Monday… Here on this blog.

Bloggers, please repost or link to this post. Let's get the word out that Recy Taylor deserves true justice.

Cross posted on MYDD, African American Pundit's BlogtTalkRadio Blog, Francis Holland Blog,  Democratic Afrosphere, TheLoop21 and Now Public

Friday, February 4, 2011

Video Shows Houston PD Hit Teen With Car, Kick Him Repeatedly in the Head and Groin

African-American Pundit tells me that the biggest news in the United States right now is this: Houston police rammed a Black teenager with their car, causing him to fly over the car and fall on the other side. And then, with Chad Holley on the ground and his hands in a position to be cuffed, the police kicked Chad Holley in the head over and over again, while also kicking him in between his legs, in the reproductive organs.  According to Houston's local ABC affiliate , the video shows:
Houston police kicking, punching, and stomping teenage burglary suspect Chad Holley who had run, but was now clearly trying to surrender. That video obtained by 13 Undercover . . .
Watch the video and tell me if you see what I do.

This is one more incident and example of proof that police in the United States of America believe that hitting, stomping and killing Black people is part of their job description.

I am a US citizen. Sometimes people offer to pay my way back to the United States for one reason or another. Each time, over the last seven years, my answer has been, 'No', and what you see on this video is part, but only one part, of the reason why.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

NYPD Kills 72 Year Old Man Over SeatBelt Violation

Hat Tip to the Intersection Between Madness and Reality Afrospear blog for the following excerpt, with the story told in full at Rippa's blog.
Police said the wife didn't have identification for her seatbelt summons, so her 72 year-old husband ran home to get it, and then died of a heart-attack.

The woman's lawyer, Bonita Zelman, said police refused to let the husband drive home to get the ID. Instead, he walked home about half a mile back and forth and returned to the pharmacy about 45 minutes later.

While the husband was away, the wife got her medicine and the cops wrote her a summons based on her name and address from the prescription.

The couple eventually got back in the car and drove off. About a block or so away, Robert Hudson collapsed behind the wheel and later died at Franklin Hospital.

"There was no reason not to let him drive home," Zelman said. "He wasn't the one getting the summons. Instead, they had him walk home. He tried to walk as fast as he could, but he's 72 years old and some of the walk is uphill."
It's cases like this that compel the existence and persistence of the Police Brutality (and Atrocity) Blog.  Making a 72 year-old man walk 45 minutes to get identification for an alleged seatbelt violation is attrocious.  Regardless of the skin color(s) of the police officers involved, a white couple would not have been treated this way. Nobody should be treated this way!