Wednesday, March 23, 2011
A Story of Jim Crow Injustice
The story of Ms. Recy Taylor is a story of Jim Crow America, a story of no justice and of tyranny. The story of Ms. Taylor must be told so that we are reminded of a period in our history where racial injustice was the rule and practice. The tyranny of racial oppression can never be allowed to exist and those who perpetrate racial discrimination must be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." George Santayana
In Ms Taylor's case 2 all white male grand juries refused to indite the rapist. Then, as an additional indignity she was harassed by the police who should have been helping her.
Ms. Taylor's husband was offered $100 from each of the rapists as a proposed settlement. This offer was apparently approved by the local legal system.
There were seven men who openly admitted to the community and the Grand Jury that they had raped Ms. Taylor. The Grand Jury refused to return an indictment. This statement by one of the rapists was reported in local media accounts, "N***er- ain't $600 enough for raping your wife?"
"In her book "At the Dark End of the Street" Danielle McGuire writes about the rape in 1944 of a twenty-four-year-old mother and sharecropper, Recy Taylor, who strolled toward home after an evening of singing and praying at the Rock Hill Holiness Church in Abbeville, Alabama. Seven white men, armed with knives and shotguns, ordered the young woman into their green Chevrolet, raped her, and left her for dead. The president of the local NAACP branch office sent his best investigator and organizer to Abbeville. Her name was Rosa Parks. In taking on this case, Parks launched a movement that ultimately changed the world."
"Dark End of the Street" photo gallery: http://atthedarkendofthestreet.com/the-book/photo-gallery/
"Alabama State Rep. Dexter Grimsley personally apologized to Recy and her family for Alabama's failure to prosecute her rapists and deny her justice all of these years. Rep. Grimsley expressed his intent to introduce a House resolution calling for a state apology to Recy Taylor before the current session is out." http://www.examiner.com/feminism-in-dallas/alabama-may-finally-acknowledge-jim-crow-era-rape-of-recy-taylor http://m.blackvoices.com/blog/bvblackspin/2011/3/22/southern-rape-victim-recy-taylor-deserves-more-than-an-apology/?p=1&icid=bv_bspin_art_prv_p
Tell the Alabama state legislature to support Rep. Grimsley's apology resolution click on this link to sign the petition.