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If you call a friend after killing a black man, saying “I just ran that n-word over.”…

…It’s a damn hate crime!  Sometimes, I can’t stand BET’s news reporting online.  I really can’t.

BET, This should not be the title of a post about what happened to James Anderson in Jackson, MS.  All of the details noted in the article point to an obvious hate crime. Sure, sure allegedly. Sprinkle the word “allegedly” around.  Fine.

Mess. Hot Trailer Park Mess.

Call it what it is.

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Scott Sisters: I don’t like Haley Barbour, However…

…he gets 2 1/2 cool points for pardoning the Scott Sisters. He still reminds me of Boss Hog from Dukes of Hazard a little to much for me to even jokingly be comfortable with him as a viable candidate for President.  When I hear him talk I fully expect to be sprayed with a firehose, knocking the “Ain’t I A Man” poster out of my hands.  He sounds racist…like people say “You sound ghetto”, so don’t act like I’m being harsh.  I don’t think I’m being racist.  At a minimum, I am judging him due to his accent and the region he represents.

There is southern and then there is Mississippi.  When I heard about the Scott Sister’s story, my soul said that the place of my mother’s people has not changed much since it’s bloody days of lynching, murder, overt racism and “putting negroes in their place”.  Here’s a synopisis of their story from the NAACP’s Letter of Petition to Barbour:

Jamie and Gladys Scott – the “Scott Sisters” – have been incarcerated in Mississippi for the last 16 years for an armed robbery which, according to court testimony, yielded $11. They have consistently denied involvement in the crime. Although neither of the Scott Sisters had a prior criminal record, they were each sentenced to an extraordinary double life sentence.

The presiding judge in their trial, Judge Marcus Gordon, has a history of racially biased rulings, including granting bail to the KKK murderer of the three civil rights workers: Chaney, Goodman and Schwerner.

Furthermore, Jamie Scott now has lost renal function in one of her kidneys and cannot survive without a transplant. She has suffered repeated infections and been hospitalized due to unsanitary prison conditions. The Department of Corrections will not allow tests for kidney compatibility even though numerous volunteers have come forward.

Also, at the time of their arrest, Jamie was 22 years old and Gladys was 19 years old and pregnant. Two African-American youth, who admitted taking the money, stated at the Scott Sisters’ trial that they falsely implicated the sisters in order to receive a reduced sentence.  From what I read, the youth did end up in jail, but only served about 3 years.

NPR reported that Republican Gov. Haley Barbour decided in December to release them. “One condition: That 35-year-old Gladys follow through on her offer to donate a kidney (provided that doctors say it’s safe for her to do so) to 38-year-old Jamie, who needs regular dialysis…”  Um…there is always a catch, huh.  How about you just let them go because the evidence and sentence are shady and let them handle their family business without any intrusion??

Anyway…I just wanted to give my 2 cents on ole Haley since the 2012 election predictions and in full swing and people are wondering if he will run.  It took TOOO long for these women to receive justice.  However, I’m glad that Gov. Barbour saw the light and released them.  That being said, I agree with Earl Ofari Hutchinson.

Writing in the Huffington Post, Daily Voice columnist Earl Ofari Hutchinson suggested the action was being taken, in part, because “Barbour sniffs the presidency,” a sentiment echoed by some others. “The governor of Mississippi did this for political reasons,” the sisters’ mother, Eveyln Rasco, told WAPT TV in Jackson. “He did it because I heard he was running for president,” she said. “I don’t think he did it because he opened his heart to do it.” – Daily Voice

I guess he’ll have a defense for accusations of racism on the campaign trail, huh?

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Possible Modern Day Lynching Ruled Suicide in Mississippi

This situation is just not adding up for me.  A 26 year-old black man with a history of mental illness was found hanging from a tree in the predominantly white housing area of Greenwood, MS after he wandered off on Dec 1, 2010.   Greenwood, in the Mississippi Delta, is in the same county as Money, Miss., where 14-year-old Emmett Till was infamously lynched in 1955.

There are of course no witnesses and not much mention of how he would have been able to hang himself.  As far as I know, hanging one’s self without assistance is difficult at best.  Police say there was no visible sign that the body had been tampered with and there was no initial physical evidence that would indicate it could be murder. I know police need evidence.  I understand that.  However, in terms of a suicide this is not a typical scenario.

USA Today – “The county sheriff says that a 26-year-old black man found hanged from an oak tree in Greenwood, Miss., apparently committed suicide, but the president of the local NAACP challenges that explanation and says the group will monitor developments in the case.

Frederick Jermaine Carter, whose body was found Friday in North Greenwood, had a history of mental illness, was on medication and had a pattern of wandering away, says Leflore County Sheriff Ricky Banks.

Carter, who lived in neighboring Sunflower County, was helping his stepfather paint a building Wednesday. The stepfather went to get tools and when he returned, Carter had wandered off, Banks says.

“That really didn’t bother the stepdaddy,” Banks says. “It had happened so many times before. He’s a mental patient and was taking medication. He had wandered to Florida, to Arkansas.”

After Carter was found Friday, Banks says he investigated the scene and found no evidence that anyone else was there. “I didn’t see any indication of anybody else being in that area, going from physical evidence and the general tracks,” Banks says. “He had on a sort of new pair of tennis shoes that had a most distinct track with an unusual design.”

“We tracked him where he walked in there,” he says. “No other tracks followed his tracks. He walked in there by himself. There were no signs around the tree where he was hanging.””

I’m skeptical given the young man’s metal state and the difficulty of doing something like this outside in the woods.  I’ve only read one article (out of 10 so far) that notes how he might have done this.

“”There was an old table, just a frame of an old table right up at the tree. It looked like he used that frame to stand up on and then kicked it out from under him,” Banks said.He said the man’s jacket pocket held a bundle of braided rope like the rope around his neck.” source

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3rd Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina: Will Gustav hit New Orleans and Houston

AFP is reporting that Exactly three years after deadly Hurricane Katrina slammed New Orleans, authorities on Friday begin bussing people out of the city ahead of the possible landfall of Gustav, forecast to hit the area early Tuesday as a powerful Category Three hurricane.

It is our hope at Hello, Negro that we don’t see a repeat of the destruction of Katrina; Displaced homeowners, a halt to the slow reconstruction process in New Orleans, and a repeat of the failure of government to protect and support it’s citizens by providing for their basic human needs. For all of the Katrina survivors in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas (Houston in particular) this anniversary comes at a scary time. However, we know that the strength of their spirits and the fortitude that they have developed through tragedy will allow them to bear what may come.

Be safe, that’s all that we ask of those in the region that may be hit this week by Gustav.

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Actor Morgan Freeman in Serious Car Wreck

Our hearts and prayers go out to Morgan Freeman and his family in their time of need.

CNN and the Associated Press are reporting Oscar-winning actor Morgan Freeman was in serious condition at Memphis Regional Medical Center following a car accident Sunday night in Tallahatchie County, Miss., about 100 miles south of Memphis.

The news services said that Milla Borden, spokeswoman for the Memphis Regional Medical Center, confirmed that the 71-year-old actor was a patient at the hospital.

According to The Associated Press, Freeman was “lucid” when the rescue team found his car.

“They had to use the Jaws of Life to extract him from the vehicle,” Clay McFerrin, editor of Sun Sentinel in Charleston, Miss., said. “He was lucid, conscious. He was talking, joking with some of the rescue workers at one point.”

The LA Times is reporting that a source very close to the “Dark Knight” star says he is “resting comfortably in the hospital and is on medication for the pain.”

“He broke his shoulder and arm, but he’s doing OK. He’s already laughing and joking around with the nurses.”

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Obama wins Mississippi, Good Ole Boys turn over in their graves

Barack Obama is victorious in Mississippi‘s Democratic primary today. It’s a great way to go into next month’s high-stakes race with Hillary in Pennsylvania.

Obama was winning roughly 90 percent of the black vote but only about one-quarter of the white vote, extending a pattern that carried him to victory in earlier primaries in South Carolina, Alabama, Georgia and Louisiana.

Obama picked up at least six Mississippi delegates to the Democratic National Convention, with 27 more to be awarded. He hoped for a win sizable enough to erase most if not all of Clinton’s 11-delegate gain from last week, when she won three primaries.

The Illinois senator had 1,585 delegates to 1,473 for Clinton. It takes 2,025 to win the nomination.  Obama leads Clinton among pledged delegates, 1,374-1,226 in The Associated Press count, while the former first lady has an advantage among superdelegates, 247-211. – Yahoo News

Associated Press is reporting that “whites largely shunned Barack Obama…as the Deep South showed once again its reluctance to embrace him across racial lines.”  I say to that  “Surprise, Surprise” in my best Alfalfa voice.  It’s a very interesting article…read it.

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Group works to keep “minority-invaders” out of Jena

 

If things aren’t resolved to the satisfaction of the Nationalist Movement before Jan. 21, the group says it will not go to Jena, La.

The people of Jena, I’m sure, would be glad of that.

The group plans to have a “Jena Justice Day” rally, partly intended as the centerpiece of the group’s national protest against Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Also, in an Oct. 15 letter to Jena Mayor Murphy McMillin, Richard Barrett, an attorney and founder of the Nationalists, said the group was prompted to schedule the event in “large measure because of the officials’ announced plans to set up a ‘biracial committee’ to placate demands by the recent minority-invaders.”

Jena is creating a Community Relations Panel to address a variety of local concerns, including race.

The “minority-invaders” are the thousands who rallied on Sept. 20 in support of six black teens who have become known as the “Jena Six.”

Now, the Learned, Miss.-based Nationalist Movement is suing Jena, claiming the town is violating the organization’s constitutional rights.

Learned?

Yes, it exists. It’s a south Mississippi town so small it doesn’t rate an index listing in my road atlas. However, it is on the map – about 30 miles east/southeast of Vicksburg.

In addition to the suit, the Nationalists have filed for a temporary restraining order to keep Jena and its mayor from interfering with the organization’s rally. Continue reading

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A Racist Thing Happened on the Road to Jena…

Here is an account of racism experienced by a group of travellers to the Jena Six protest in Jena a few months ago (it was emailed to me).

I had the pleasure and duty to attend this rally. I hope that we all
understand the importance of our attention to the injustices that are
at work in our criminal justice system and the nation at large. Some
may view the disparate treatment of African-American males as an
African-American problem. From unequal treatment in restaurants, to questionable negotiation processes in the financial realm, inappropriate lunch and cocktail hour conversations, to my most recent en counter with our ugly American past this Wednesday night on the way to the rally in Jena, Louisiana… There are many places in America where justice, fairness and equality are not blind. I’ve been profiled many times before, but this one is worth telling. To the two men that were there with me that night, we became more than friends that night. I’m proud to have been there with them.

TYLERTOWN, MISSISSIPPI WELCOMES JENA 6 SUPPORTERS BACK TO 1957

At approximately 1130 PM, September 19, 2007, my friends (Charles Reeves and Anthony Payne) and I found ourselves on the side of the road outside the town of Tylertown, Mississippi. After riding for a short while behind the squad car that emerged from the wooded roadside, he pulled behind us and promptly turned on his lights and siren. There was no question that we were driving lawfully, as we were driving on cruise control, five miles under the speed limit. Ironically, we had chosen to do this to avoid being pulled over on the notorious stretch of Mississippi road known as “Bloody 98”.

His first question as he approached the car: Do you all have
licenses?
His second question: So… Where are ya’ll headed? After I responded
that we were headed to Vidalia (a town thirty miles from Jena,
Louisiana where we had hotel reservations), he continued to ask several questions regarding Vidalia. Not one related to my registration, driving or a potential traffic violation. But instead:

Officer 1: “So, what are you going to do in Vidalia?”
MTF: “I’m going to Comfort Suites in Vidalia.”
Officer 1: “Is that it, just going to a hotel?”, “There’s nothing to do in Vidalia, is that all you’re going there for?”, “You have any friends or family there?”
MTF: (cutting him off) “I’m going to a hotel in Vidalia.”
Officer 1: “So, really, Vidalia, you going anywhere else?”, “Can you step outside to the back of the car please”

The conversation continued at the back of the car. Fog lights blared
in my face as I became increasingly angry and antagonistic. My friends are still in the car with fog lights beaming into the back of the car. After several refused attempts to get me to answer something other than “I’m going to a hotel in Vidalia”, he moved to my vehicle.

Officer 1: “So, are you aware that my computer shows that your
tag is expired?”
MTF: “No it is not. I have the registration, decals and you’re welcome to run it. Do you mind telling me what the problem is?”
Officer 1: “Well, maybe my computer’s wrong. But you were swerving back there did you know that?”
MTF: “I don’t believe that I was, but I can’t say anything about that. Do you want to tell me what the problem is?”
Officer 1: “Ok. Give me a minute. I’m just conducting my investigation.”

He returned to his car and came back.

Officer 1: “Do you have any drugs or illegal items in the car?”
MTF: “No, I don’t. I don’t keep illegal items in my car. I’m an attorney. I don’t keep any illegal items on my person or in
my car. I have a bar card if you would like to see that as well”

Officer 1: “Really? What law school did you go to?
MTF: “Howard University School of Law”
Officer 1: “Do you mind if I search your car?”
MTF: “As a matter of fact I do. No you cannot.” Continue reading

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Black Mississippi Family Enslaved until 1968

From People Magazine: “The story that Miller, 63, and her relatives tell is a sepia-toned nightmare straight out of the Old South. For years, she says, the family was forced to pick cotton, clean house and milk cows—all without being paid—under threat of whippings, rape and even death. They say they were passed from white family to white family, their condition never improving, until finally, hope that life would ever get better was nearly lost. Technically, the Walls were victims of “peonage,” an illegal practice that flourished in the rural South after slavery was abolished in 1865 and lasted, in isolated cases like theirs, until as recently as the 1960s. Under peonage, blacks were forced to work off debts, real or imagined, with free labor under the same types of violent coercion as slavery. In contrast with the more common arrangement known as sharecropping, peons weren’t paid and couldn’t move from the land without permission. “White people had the power to hold blacks down, and they weren’t afraid to use it—and they were brutal,” says Pete Daniel, a historian at the Smithsonian Institution and an expert on peonage.”cain family

I know there will be naysayers but this case is not far fetched. Much love to the NORTHSTAR for posting this story (below). Go to the blog and read the actual comments for more info that actually helps to substantiate this story. NUBIAN WAVES has done some research as well and has a lot of information available on this case. What a horrible, horrible thing American has done to the African in America. My God!

I also found video from ABC NEWS regarding the case.

If this was a movie you would need every ounce of your suspension of disbelief for the movie to maintain its integrity. Buried on the last two pages of March’s edition of People’s Magazine is the most incredible story that only occurs in countries where lawlessness runs rampant. Meet the Wall family who claimed they were held in slavery until 1961. Slavery which was abolished in 1865 continued in a tiny rural town in Mississippi. This tiny town in Gillsburg, Mississippi was void of electricity, phone, or radio, and trips into town were forbidden for the Walls. The Wall family had no idea that they were free even though Black families in nearby Liberty, Miss., owned businesses and attended school.

Cain Wall Sr. was born in 1902 into peonage in St. Helena Parish, La. He worked the fields and milked cows for white families while believing he had no rights as a man. Peonage is a system where one is bound to service for payment of a debt. It was an illegal system that flourished in the rural South after slavery was abolished. Mr. Cain was born into this system believing that he was bound to these people that held him and his relatives captive. Being unable to read and write also stifled any opportunity that may have presented itself to the Mr. Cain because he was unable to decipher anything. During World War II, Mr. Cain decided to runaway, but eventually was captured and brought back into slavery.

Mr. Cain’s daughter Mae Miller remembered some of the most violent details of their time in captivity. She recalled the beatings that her father and members of her family received. According to People Magazine they were beaten with whips or even chains for slacking off. In the Magazine Mae’s older sister who is now 65 years old stated, “The whip would wrap around your body and knock you down.” Mae also recalled how once her father was beaten so badly that she and her siblings climbed on his body to protect him. For Mae Miller the most violent of crimes happened when she was five years old. In the Magazine she vividly remembered one day going to clean the house with her mom, and being accosted by two white males who raped her and her mother. She remembered a woman from the Gordon family which held them as slaves yelling to the two white males to leave her alone because she was only a yearling. That did not deter these two devils because they continued to rape a five year old, totally destroying this young woman’s soul. Years later Mae was told that she would be unable to have kids because of the damage done to her.

Mae found freedom in 1961 when she ran away at the age of 18 after refusing to do the chores. In People Magazine she stated, “I don’t know what got into me. I remember thinking they’re just going to have to kill me today, because I’m not doing this anymore.” After she ran away her family was kicked off the land by the Gordon family. Mae found work in a restaurant and eventually got married at the age of 20 to Wallace Miller. It was also during this time that Mae found out she could not have kids. However, she and her husband adopted four children. Mae went uneducated until in her late thirties when she learned to read and write. The most amazing thing to me was that after all those years Mae and her family did not realize that their captivity was illegal until 2001. People Magazine claims she attended a church meeting about slave reparations, and it was during this time she realized that what happened to her and her family was totally illegal. According to People she stated, “I couldn’t believe it. How could somebody do that to another person?”

The embarrassment of this entire episode is no longer weighing on the Cain’s family heart. They can now live in peace while their bedridden father rest comfortably. When contacted, the Gordon family remember that time differently. They can’t recall anyone being treated harshly or Mae’s rape. I can surmise that for the Gordon clan this was probably the norm, so acknowledging any wrong doing would be an extraordinary feat.

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