I was struck by the death of the two little white girls in Clarendon County in 1944. As a father, grandfather and great-grandfather, my heart goes out to that family in that chilling and traumatic time.
Tears came to my eyes when I saw the picture of George Stinney, a 14-year-old child who was accused in the girls’ deaths. He was not given a semblance of justice. What prosecutor, jury or judge would be so callous and cold to rush to judgment without giving a child his basic constitutional rights?
Where were the Christian ethics? Where were their hearts? I wonder: When these individuals went home and looked at their children, could they sleep at night? What God, if any, did they serve?
George Stinney’s small frame was too slight to fit in the electric chair. I wonder how much more cruel punishment and pain this child endured before they were finally able to kill him. I also wonder how many children like George Stinney were lynched because they were poor black suspects.
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The execution of George Stinney should remind us that when bigotry, injustice and racism are allowed to flourish, and when prosecutors fall victim to their own personal ambitions, our justice system becomes tainted.
People of goodwill, black and white, must demand better.
Thank God for Judge Carmen Mullen, who had the empathy and guts to make the record right, even though our hearts are still crushed. Is it too late for true justice?
Fix Forest Drive traffic now
What a shame that the accident on Forest Drive that cost 81-year-old William Carroll his life had to be a wake-up call to repair this hazardous stretch of roadway, where traffic seems to have swollen to the bursting point.
For those of us in Forest Acres and neighboring communities, it is difficult to avoid Forest Drive when your grocery stores, restaurants, dry cleaning, alterations and other regular stops stand between you and the hordes of vehicles angling for an escape onto or from this hazardous highway, chiseled as it is with driveway after uneven driveway.
Something must be done. And quickly. First, bar left turns from all driveways, even if that means circling the block to get to your destination. Next, provide wider and fewer driveways that would allow people to move off Forest ahead of their destinations on a level, evenly paved stretch with a speed limit of 5 mph. Add lights to slow the deadly pace of traffic.
Finally, promote alternative routes.
It really is a jungle out there. And the time for change is now — before another single life is taken unnecessarily.