In a South Carolina prison sixty-six years ago, guards walked a 14-year-old boy, bible tucked under his arm, to the electric chair. At 5′ 1″ and 95 pounds, the straps didn’t fit, and an electrode was too big for his leg.
The switch was pulled and the adult sized death mask fell from George Stinney’s face. Tears streamed from his eyes. Witnesses recoiled in horror as they watched the youngest person executed in the United States in the past century die.
This is the reality that we need to face as victims of racism. Racists (White Supremacists) will not stop their genocidal rampage against black people. Yesterday George Stinney, Today Troy Davis.
Not all racists are white supremacists. While racism is a huge issue, it would behoove us to understand that the root of the problem lies with this system that we have enshrined as a society. The root of the problem is in each and every person, and until everyone realizes that, nothing will be solved.