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Jett Superior laid this on you on || May 22, 2002 || 9:34 pm

“The case was about justice for the victims but also vindication for a self-conscious Southern city long tarred by images of racial violence.”

Vindication? Vindication?? You’re shitting me, right?

I call foul, and my outrage boileth over. The conviction of an old man who probably won’t even see five years of the cinderblock interior in his new home is not vindication (NOR is it fucking JUSTICE), and whomever so states (be they black, white, or green with orange polka dots) is worthy of mockery –both yours, mine and ours– for many moons to come.

Politicians and prosecutors can cheer themselves and strain those arms with all of the ferocious back-patting they’d like, but I’m not buying the dog-and-pony show for one instant. I hope like fuck that the rest of the nation still has one shred of its’ sanity and isn’t putting mortgages on the family farm, either.

This should have all been taken care of by ‘68, when the case was officially closed. At the very least, Cherry and cohorts should have been brought to justice even 20 years ago, when they were middle-aged and had some chance of serving a healthy chunk of what could have truly been considered a life sentence.

“‘God has spoken in Birmingham,’ said the Rev. Abraham Woods, a longtime civil rights leader.” Go ahead and tell yourself that, Reverend Woods, but I am not so easily mollified by unilateral platitudes. Nobody spoke today except for the politicos.

And you can be damned sure that if it wasn’t to the ultimate benefit of the aforementioned in the serpentine realm of their aspirations, then none of those ‘good ole boys’ –least of all Bobby Frank Cherry– would have ever seen the inside of a courtroom. I hope that the whole of this country is watching ever-so-closely and is not easily placated, either.

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  1. jimmy 5.23.2002

    well said, well said indeed.

     

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