Nothing surprises me in Georgia. In the late 1960’s, I was asked to leave the University of Georgia Law School because I threatened to whip a white law student’s “ass”. He used “nigger” to describe a plaintiff in a civil action. Over one hundred fifty white law student burn-rushed the dean’s office. I was the third Black law student in the school’s history. The rest is history
About three weeks ago, I was in Georgia. A newscast was aired about an interracial couple in Greene County, Georgia living under the same roof. She had a white son. White law enforcement officials made a warrantless, pre-dawn raid on the white woman’s home. The interracial couple was in bed without clothing. It is obviously a crime in Georgia for a Black man to be in bed with a white woman who has a son living under the same roof. Nudity did not help.
They were hauled into squad cars naked. At the police station, they were put in separate holding pens naked. These law enforcement agents withheld clothing from them until after they were “booked”. This couple had already been subjected to cruel and unusual punishment for a crime that they never perpetrated. I landed in Georgia again this past Sunday. The next morning, I saw a news report about the high school in Wilcox County, Georgia barring interracial proms. This is one hundred fifty years after the 1963 Emancipation Proclamation and forty-six years after the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Loving v. Virginia giving a green light to interracial marriage in the United States.
Fifty-nine years after the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education allowing for integrated education, the state of Georgia is still permitting counties to ban Blacks and Latinos from attending proms and homecoming dances with whites. While there may be interracial marriages now in the Old Confederacy, states’ rights still governs interracial courtships. Slave codes are still in effect.
This was the clincher. Quanasha Wallace was voted homecoming queen of Wilcox County High School. Nonetheless, she was banned from the homecoming dance because she is Black. Moreover, a biracial student was also denied admission to the homecoming dance under the “one drop” rule. Race matters.
White men are bent on having their cake and eating it too. They view all women as property. Black men can get second-picks on Black women but “Miss Ann” belongs to the white man exclusively. Over four hundred years in North America, this has been the legal norm and tradition. Any Black man or woman who has the temerity to complain about this double standard could get the rope. Tawana Brawley has been sent to debtor’s prison for militating against “legitimate rape”.
More than fifty years ago, I was barred from all classrooms at the University of Georgia Law School. Today, I have been “barred” from all courtrooms in New York. My only “crime” in each state was speaking out against the defamation of my race. The more things change the more they remain the same. All leading Blacks and Black selected officials know to keep their noses clean. Where are they now?
Only the United African Movement took the lead in defending Tawana Brawley even though “legitimate rape” is a race question. United African Movement also took the lead in defending the “Central Park 7” even though it was a carbon copy of the Scottsboro Boys case. UAM’s fingerprints are all over New York.
Join UAM on this Wednesday, May 1, at 7:00 p.m. at Brooklyn Christian Center, 1061 Atlantic Avenue (bet. Classon and Franklin) in Brooklyn. Take the “C” train to Franklin Ave. The keynote speaker will be Min. Conrad Tillard. UAM will honor Tawana and Glenda Brawley in Paterson, NJ on Mother’s Day 2013. Even though they were not required to do so, they have stood up courageously for all Black women. Most Black women, on the other hand, have gone into hiding. Tawana has a court date in Virginia on July 23, 2013.