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Racist Who Dragged James Byrd to His Death Behind Pickup Truck to Be Executed is Tonight’s Conversation


JASPER, UNITED STATES: John William King (C) grins as he is led from the Jasper County Courthouse after a jury sentenced him to death in his capital murder trial 25 February. King and two other men dragged James Byrd Jr. to death behind a pickup truck in 1998.

21 years ago James Byrd’s gruesome death shocked the nation and devastated his family. Byrd was viciously killed by John William King and two accomplices in Jasper, Texas in 1998., now tonight the ringleader in that murder to set to be executed.

Today Wednesday April 24, King, 44, is scheduled to be put to death by lethal injection in a Texas state prison.

King and his accomplices, Shawn Berry and Lawrence Brewer, encountered Byrd walking home after leaving a friend’s house in the early morning hours on June 7, 1998. Berry, who was driving, was familiar with Byrd from around town. He offered to drive Byrd home.

But instead of taking him home, the men took him to a secluded area on the outskirts of town. There they brutally beat him, and urinated and defecated on him before chaining him by the ankles to the back of their pickup truck.

They then dragged Byrd for nearly 3 miles along a paved road.

King and his accomplices are white. Byrd was Black. His death dominated the nation’s headlines for weeks and led to changes in the way local and federal governments prosecute hate crimes.

The details of Byrd’s murder are horrific and grueling but tonight we’re going to talk about it on “Conversations Of A Sistah“.

We hope you’ll join us in our studios at 6:30 p.m. ESTAll links in the this post will access tonight’s podcast.

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Jussie Smollett Arrested & In Police Custody, Fox Considering Suspension


Jussie Smollett has been arrested after just a few hours on the run. Chicago Police tweeted early Thursday that the Empire actor was taken into custody without incident.

Earlier Wednesday, Chicago police officially classified Smollett, 36, as a suspect in a criminal investigation for paying two men to help him stage a racial, homophobic attack in Chicago on Jan. 29.

The men, brothers Abel and Ola Osundairo told investigators Smollett was upset because a threatening letter he sent to himself didn’t get the reaction he expected.

Variety reports exclusively that Empire producers are considering suspending actor Jussie Smollett after he was charged on Wednesday in Chicago with a Class 4 felony for filing a false police report.

Producers are considering whether to suspend the troubled actor whose scenes were drastically cut from the remaining 9 episodes of the 2nd half of season 5.

A Cook County grand jury heard testimony from Abel Osundairo, 27, and his brother Ola Osundairo, 25, on Wednesday. Their lawyer Gloria Schmidt said the brothers testified before the grand jury for 2.5 hours. She said they were not offered immunity in exchange for their testimonies.

The brothers were arrested last Wednesday and released 2 days later without charges. They told police Smollett paid them $3,500 to stage the attack as Trump supporters, then leave the country. They were promised an additional $500 when they returned from Nigeria.

Osundairo brothers

In the still video above, the men are seen at a checkout counter purchasing supplies including a red hat, gloves and black ski masks a day before the alleged attack. Smollett, 36, told police two white men wearing red hats attacked him outside his high-rise apartment building in Chicago on Jan. 29.

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We Knew he was lying from day 1…


Which is why it’s no surprise we are now hearing in the news how the Empire actor paid 2 friends to stage his racist, homophobic attack in Chicago on Jan. 29.

On Saturday, Fox32 News quoted sources within the Chicago Police Department who confirmed Smollett paid two brothers to purchase a rope and 2 red hats to stage a hoax MAGA attack.

The brothers were arrested Wednesday and released late Friday without charges.

Chicago police are “eager” to re-interview Smollett after questioning the brothers.

The 36-year-old ‘Empire’ star has retained 3 attorneys, Todd Pugh, Victor Henderson and high-powered defense attorney Michael Monico.

Pugh and Henderson released a statement late Saturday, denying claims that Smollett staged his own attack.

I hope the 2 brothers Jussie Smollett hired have proof he hired them. Aside from the inconsistencies in Smollett’s story and no phone records much of his story never added up.

Hate crime, Racially motivated, Racism in America

Emmett Till’s Horrific Murder Still Breaks My Heart to this day!!


Every time I hear the story or think about the story of Emmett Till, it breaks my heart and pains my soul.

And now almost 63 years later the federal government has quietly revived its investigation into the murder of Emmett Till, the 14-year-old African-American boy whose abduction and killing remain among the starkest and most searing examples of racial violence in the history of the South.

Till was born and raised in 1955 in Chicago, Illinois, and while visiting relatives in Mississippi, Till, then 14, was lynched and brutally murdered because he had allegedly whistled at a white woman.

Somehow, even after Carolyn Bryant Donham (the alleged victim of Till’s vicious “whistling”), recanted much of her original story, and the men who killed Till admitted they did it once they were acquitted for the crime — describing Till as a confident young man who told them, even as they beat him, “I’m as good as you are

The Justice Department has renewed inquiry into this case, which it described in a report submitted to Congress in late March, was “based upon the discovery of new information.” It is not clear, though, whether the government will be able to bring charges against anyone: Most episodes investigated in recent years as part of a federal effort to re-examine racially motivated murders have not led to prosecutions, or even referrals to state authorities.

The Justice Department declined to comment on Thursday, but it appeared that the government had chosen to devote new attention to the case after a central witness, Carolyn Bryant Donham, recanted parts of her account of what transpired in August 1955. Two men who confessed to killing Emmett, only after they had been acquitted by an all-white jury in Mississippi, are now dead.

Yet the Till case, which staggered the nation after the boy’s open-coffin funeral and the publication of photographs of his mutilated body, has never faded away, especially in a region still grappling with the horrors of its past. Even in recent years, historical markers about the case have been vandalized.

For more than six decades, Emmett’s death has stood as a symbol of Southern racism. The boy was visiting family in Money, Miss., deep in the Mississippi Delta, from Chicago when he went to a store owned by Ms. Donham and her then husband, who was one of the men who ultimately confessed to Emmett’s murder. Emmett was kidnapped and killed days later, he had been beaten, shot and had a barbed wire wrapped around his neck tethered to a cotton gin fan and then tossed into the Tallahatchie River.

This case was never concluded which sends one clear message: 63 years and the American justice system continues to prove it doesn’t care for innocent black lives.

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‘The Lynchings Of African Americans in this Country’ Tonight, on “Conversations Of A Sistah”


The Equal Justice Initiative will open the nation’s first memorial dedicated to lynching victims in Montgomery, Alabama on April 26. The new museum is also dedicated to slavery and explores slavery, lynchings, segregation and modern inequality issues that will have interactive content, which will confront visitors with a history of some of this nation’s horrendous past.

It’s a painful topic but a part of our history rarely discussed.

The body of Rubin Stacy hanging from a tree in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, July 19, 1935. He was lynched by a mob for allegedly attacking a white woman.

Between 1877 and 1950 Public torture and the murder of African Americans was common in the south. This story begins on February 1, 1893, in the town of Paris, Texas, but it could just as easily have begun on 4,000 other dates and in dozens of other American localities. During the American Civil War, Paris had a population of fewer than 1,000 people. About a third of them were black slaves, who were eventually freed in the wake of the Union victory and the abolition of slavery in 1865. But despite passage of the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, which formally outlawed slavery, the postwar decades were widespread with systematic, vicious violence against black communities in the South.

It’s a painful story of America’s history of racial injustice. However, in order to heal the deep pain of our present we must address the truth of our past.

Join our host Ms. Tracy L. Bell at 6: 30 p.m. EST on “Conversations Of A Sistah” for her commentary on “The Lynchings Of African Americans in this Country“.

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