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Back in 1944, a young black male named George Stinney, Jr. was accused, tried, convicted and executed in a matter of days for a crime he almost certainly did not commit. By white people. White people who hated black people:

“It took less than a day for a jury to convict George Stinney Jr. and send him to the electric chair,” NPR’S Hansi Lo Wang reports. “He was convicted of the deaths of 11-year-old Betty June Binnicker and 7-year-old Mary Emma Thames in deeply segregated Alcolu, S.C.”

Matt Burgess, an attorney for the Stinney family, tells Hansi, “There were no African-American people in that courthouse. It was a jury of 12 white men. Everyone in that courthouse was white.”

George Stinney Jr. was executed less than three months after the two girls were murdered. His trial lasted just one day. After the jury needed less than 10 minutes to declare him guilty, no appeals were filed on his behalf.

“His executioners noted the electric chair straps didn’t fit him, and an electrode was too big for his leg,” The State newspaper reports. The paper adds, “It took Mullen nearly four times as long to issue her ruling as it took in 1944 to go from arrest to execution.”

70 years later, in 2014, lots of black males were murdered by racist white government employees in Cleveland, Ferguson, Staten Island, and many other places across the country. The only difference? Time.

The 2014 cops didn’t even pretend to bother with courts or silly things like due process: no, they arrested, accused, tried, judged, and killed, all in a matter of minutes. Or seconds, in the Cleveland case.

Those who say we have “made progress” in terms of equality are correct. However, that progress is NOT in a good direction. It’s going backwards. Until we as a society admit that our institutions have been made into Ayn Randian, apartheid-esque, Teabagger havens for a load of Ted Nugent wannabees, things will only get worse.

Mr. Blunt and Cranky

http://www.cbsatlanta.com/story/22086349/wilcox-county-white-prom is the story of the all-white prom recently held on behalf of all the Klan Wannabees at Wilcox County High School in Georgia.  Here is a snippet from the CBS News article (link above):

“Despite the students holding a prom designed to include everybody, CBS Atlanta News discovered the “white” prom still took place. It was held in Fitzgerald, Georgia, on April 20. No one confirmed it was a “white-only” event, but dozens of Caucasian kids, dressed in prom gowns and tuxes, attended. CBS Atlanta News never saw anyone of color the entire night.

Most of the attendees refused to talk to CBS Atlanta News. They, instead, ignored our questions or spoke angrily. “Lady, get out of my face,” snapped one father when asked why he was there.

Another father threatened to sue CBS Atlanta News, and yet another ordered us to turn-off our cameras. At one point, the police were even called even though we were breaking no laws by remaining outside of the event on a public sidewalk.”

That, Gentle Reader, is proof that we are not in a “post-racial” world, no matter how many people would have us believe otherwise. There are loads of idiotic, mouth-breathing, hate-ridden bigoted f***wits out there who hate other people because of their gender, skin color, and other factors.

We still need to support all those who fight against the pond scum who organized and attended this “We Hate Black People Prom”. One group of fearless warriors can be found, also in Wilcox County, GA: they held an integrated prom, in spite of horrible threats, abuse and harassment. http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/04/29/17967090-students-hold-georgia-schools-1st-racially-integrated-prom?lite 

Georgia’s Governor, obviously either scared of these latter-day Klansmen or one of them himself, tacitly endorsed the illegal and unconstitutional segregation by refusing to support integration of the school dances. And he is not alone.

Segregation is alive and well in America, and it is time we all woke up and put a stop to it.

Mr. Blunt and Cranky