Though James Byrd's killer was executed in late 2011 for his brutal dragging death behind a pick-up truck in 1998, the legacy of white supremacist hate behind the wheel endures -- as the faces of the perpetrators get younger and younger: Anthony Hill in June 2010, James Craig Anderson in June 2011 and most recently, Johnny Lee Butts in July 2012.
The local District Attorney's comments at the 6:20 click, made me think of a recent discussion I had with a young brother about, depending on "the courts,"as a means for us to see justice served. I told him:
"Does it work? Yes, sometimes it does -- but wa-a-ay less than it doesn't. Can it work more? Absolutely! But that depends again, on KNOWING that crooked system and using what we KNOW to fight against the injustices built into it! But trust me, there are plenty of us who are lawyers, more than willing to buy into that system for them "dollar, dollar bills," instead of, fighting its injustice (Exhibit A? The Changeling)!"And as noted toward the end of the video -- there are probably more attempts, and successes than we can imagine. As I told my young brother in another, earlier conversation, I'm squarely in Lauryn Hill's "court" when it comes to the judicial system in this country:
I'm convinced she's onto something very important to consider, as she beautifully follows-up at the end of the above, with this:
(My young Sister, I hope you're still writing powerful words like those above -- because Lord knows, I miss you!)
- Kentucky neo-Nazis charged in gruesome murder, dismemberment