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« on: July 11, 2005, 02:34:48 AM »
A Case for Reparations Based on Research of Past and Continued Racism Inflicted on African-Descent People in Springfield, Missouri, USA

http://www.zmag.org/content/showarticle.cfm?SectionID=30&ItemID=5682

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.

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« Reply #1 on: July 11, 2005, 02:48:23 AM »
Why do people think that this racism doesnt happen anymore?  It is no wonder people hate the cops
Arab Majority May Not Stay Forever Silent
http://www.nysun.com/article/36110?page_no=1

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« Reply #2 on: July 11, 2005, 11:14:33 AM »
Well let me know when you find an article about this "strange fruit."  Wonder why this country refuses to pass a law making lynching a federal crime, etc.
The president's approval rating has dropped to 33 percent, matching his low in May. His handling of nearly every issue, from the Iraq war to foreign policy, contributed to the president's decline around the nation, even in the Republican-friendly South.

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« Reply #3 on: July 11, 2005, 11:46:53 AM »
Found it... :'(

Article published Jul 9, 2005

Teens face lynching charges in Gaffney
LYNNE POWELL, Cherokee County Bureau

GAFFNEY -- 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 Brenda Clyburn says he still fears for his safety.

Rising Gaffney High School junior Isaiah Clyburn 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 1120 Campton Road in Inman, climbed out of one truck and began fighting with Isaiah in the road, Sheriff Bill Blanton 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.

Their families, some of them tearful during the hearing, would not comment.
http://www.goupstate.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050709/NEWS/507090321/1051/news11

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Re: Recent Lynchings
« Reply #4 on: July 11, 2005, 04:49:18 PM »
they charged them with "second-degree lynching"?  wtf kinda sh!t is that?  why not first-degree?
Arab Majority May Not Stay Forever Silent
http://www.nysun.com/article/36110?page_no=1

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Re: Recent Lynchings
« Reply #5 on: July 12, 2005, 12:09:48 AM »
they charged them with "second-degree lynching"?  wtf kinda sh!t is that?  why not first-degree?

I guess first-degree means someone was killed ???

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« Reply #6 on: July 12, 2005, 11:35:31 AM »
I am Mexican-American and I am scared to go any where in the "South" besides Miami because of this stuff. I still remember a story in the news a few years back of an old African-American gentleman that was dragged by a pick up truck for a mile or so in some part of Texas. That is still in my head and it keeps me from wanting to visit Georgia, South Carolina, or any other state in the South. One time I went to New Orleans and I noticed that the same work Mexican's do here in California the African American's are doing in the South (Vicente was wrong in his previous comments). Yea, it is kinda of weird of how ppl automatically think that every year post-MLK and Ceasar Chavez (not the boxer) is considered free from racism. 
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« Reply #7 on: July 12, 2005, 12:21:18 PM »
Jasper TX...

the KKK just had an exhibit in Tomball TX a couple of months ago... no non-whites allowed

I am Mexican-American and I am scared to go any where in the "South" besides Miami because of this stuff. I still remember a story in the news a few years back of an old African-American gentleman that was dragged by a pick up truck for a mile or so in some part of Texas. That is still in my head and it keeps me from wanting to visit Georgia, South Carolina, or any other state in the South. One time I went to New Orleans and I noticed that the same work Mexican's do here in California the African American's are doing in the South (Vicente was wrong in his previous comments). Yea, it is kinda of weird of how ppl automatically think that every year post-MLK and Ceasar Chavez (not the boxer) is considered free from racism. 
We're not accepting this CHANGE UP in the rules. Period. American presidents have been in the bed with organized crime, corporate pilferers, and the like for years. And all u want to put on this man is that his pastor said "Gotdamn America?" Hell, America.U got off pretty damn well, if you ask me...

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« Reply #8 on: July 12, 2005, 12:54:28 PM »
I think one of the main differences Mobell195 is that here in Los Angeles, I am the majority. I hear the Carolina's have beautiful beaches and that is one of the things I would go see if i ever go there. For some reason, when i was in New Orleans it was really nice and I liked the vibe of the city's atmosphere. However, the racial stuff just keeps me out of there. But, I guess if I use that as my reason then that gives them the victory. I do not know why but every time i hear a southern accent I always think of the movie Mississippi Burning or something like that.

Yea, I agree, the occupations African-American's had in New Orleans was the first thing I noticed. It felt awkward because I was used to seeing my paisano's working at the Hotel or restaurant. It allowed me to realize that we are really not that different.
 
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Re: Recent Lynchings
« Reply #9 on: July 12, 2005, 12:59:22 PM »
The law is what will make sure these people are punished. Why should YOU get reparation for what happened how many years ago, and had NOTHING to do with you? Really....
There may be racism today, but hey, it goes both ways. Students that are white in areas where the majority are NOT white face the same things you do, but you don't seem to care about that because you are too selfish and self-centered to care.