Black People: Remember Emmett Till before judging Roy Moore

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Maze Jackson

I know some of you may find this shocking, but I think Black People need to reserve judgement on Roy Moore.  In case you don’t know who I am talking about, he is the extreme right candidate Republican candidate for US Senate from Alabama. Moore has been accused of molesting at 14-year-old girl when he was 32 years old. Now before you start your own Alabama style lynch mob let me explain.

As a father, husband, brother, uncle, and cousin of a lineage of dynamic Black Women, if any of them were victims (and based on the odds, I can’t honestly say that none of them were not) I would be the first person plotting to castrate the perpetrator. That is the emotional me, and trust me when I tell you I can understand the rush to judgement and punishment, but it must come AFTER the charges are proven. And BLACK PEOPLE need to be vociferous in the advocacy. We only need to look at the story of Emmett Till to understand why.

But if Alabama residents vote for and elect Roy Moore, and Black People jump on the bandwagon to give him a modern-day lynching before his day in court, I have a sneaking suspicion that a lot more Black People than Roy Moore’s people around the country will die to regret it!

Remember Till? Stolen from his home in the middle of the night, tortured, killed, tied with barbed wire and thrown into the river? Yes, THAT Till.  Well, all of that occurred because he was accused, judged, and punished before any charges were PROVEN, that he whistled at a White Woman.  And it did not occur 40 YEARS later, it happened within 48 hours!

Emmett Till and accuser Carolyn Bryant Donham (Photo credit: AP)

Can you imagine what could happen to the ranks of Black People if we could be accused, judged, and punished for offenses up to 40 YEARS old, without it being proven?  On just an allegation?  Rewind 40 years in your own life, think back, and imagine if someone could come back today and make you resign from your job, BEFORE you even had an opportunity to get your day in court.  In the long run, that’s not going to work out well for Black People.

So while I think the allegations against Roy Moore are more than likely true, and if they can catch him up, even on a technicality, I’m all for it.  But if Alabama residents vote for and elect Roy Moore, and Black People jump on the bandwagon to give him a modern-day lynching before his day in court, I have a sneaking suspicion that a lot more Black People than Roy Moore’s around the country will die to regret it!

#mazesaid

 

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