Sunday, December 14, 2008

How long?

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It took less than 4 minutes for George Stinney to to die after his execution had begun on June 16th, 1944. He was a fourteen-year-old boy, and the youngest to be executed in the United States in the 20th century.

His crime? Being black in a society dominated by white men.

George Stinney was accused of murdering two white girls, Betty June Binnicker and Mary Thames in South Carolina with no real evidence at all. He was interrogated by several white officers for several hours before the deputy announced that he confessed to the murders.

The trial took place on April 24 at the Clarendon County Courthouse. Closing arguments ended at 4:30pm, and the jury deliberated for 10 minutes before returning with a guilty verdict and no recommendation for mercy. There was also no appeal since Stinney's family had no money for a continuation.

There is hardly any evidence to support this verdict; Stinney died an utterly unjust and atrocious death.

Words are not enough to express how I feel right now... it's a mixture of depression, rage, sadness, and every other negative emotion all combined in one big fiery ball.

It took George Stinney less than 4 minutes to die, but how long is it going to take to achieve equality in the world we live in?

This song sums up the current situation perfectly.


2 comments so far.

  1. Kaylee on December 15, 2008 at 3:47 PM

    I like to think that we've come a long way since then, but it still makes me incredibly depressed/furious to know that something like that actually happened.

  2. Tiffany on December 16, 2008 at 11:46 PM

    People were definitely radical back in the day, but like Kaylee, I think we've come a long way. I'm glad to say that (probably) something like that would never happen again.

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