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#1 of 5 Old 08-19-2004, 11:48 PM - Thread Starter
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My favorite civil rights blogger drew my attention to this story. Apparently there was a mysterious death in Tuskegee, Alabama that local people fear might have been a lynching. He was African-American, his body was found hanging from a tree by his belt, and his shoelaces were tied together holding up his pants. This made people who saw the body think that this was not a suicide.

We here can make a difference by publicizing this story. The local police are leaning toward declaring this a suicide, and if there is no national attention, there won't be any follow-up investigation. So if you know of anyone who would be interested in this, feel free to send them the link!

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#2 of 5 Old 08-20-2004, 01:17 AM
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This is so sad. I sent the link to a few friends. I hope this dosen't go unnoticed.
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I'll definitely send this out! How horrible!
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Wow, I found no mention of the guy's name even today, either.

At the last ACLU lawyer's meeting I attended, someone mentioned a story about the tale of a co-worker who told a "joke": "How are an apple and a Black person alike? They both look good hanging from a tree." No one else seemed to be surprised, but frankly, I couldn't believe that anyone told "jokes" like that anymore. It's beyond sick to hear that honest-to-goodness lynching may still be continuing to this very day.
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marlena--that is a f-in awful joke. i wish i hadn't read it and i can't believe people are so awful to utter such evil. if that joke were told in fron of me, i would have gone OFF on the teller and left the room, despite the consequences.
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