September 21, 2007
Thank you David Bowie
I was going to write on this myself but Maclolm has it down over at his blog. Read it here. I may also point out that Malcolm is an African American. I am still in shock over this story. If you have not been following it just let me ask you this one question:
Which of these two things disturbs you more:
1) Three white college guys putting nooses on the limb of a tree at the college campus to indicate that its a "Whites only" tree to sit under
2) A black college guy beating up one of the above guys for doing it. (5 other black guys joined in and stomped on the white guy, but that's after the fact). The white guy was taken to the hospital, released and went out that night.
This happened recently not in the 1950s.
Here's the kicker: One of the men, Mychal Bell, is being tried as an adult in this case (2nd degree battery) and even though the case has been dismissed he is still in jail.
David Bowie donated $10,000 to his legal defense fund.
I know there are more "facts" to this case but its appalling that someone would do such a thing as hang nooses on a tree limb and not be PUNISHED severely for it. That is a hate crime if I ever saw one.
I guess I live a sheltered life here in CA because I don't see racism very often, apparently it's alive and well in the South.