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The youngest person to be executed in the USA was a 14 year old black boy who didn’t get a fair trial and had to sit on a Bible in order to fit into the electric chair

His name is George Junius Stinney, Jr. , he was 14 years. 6months. and 5 days old when he was executed — and holds the title of being the youngest person ever executed in the United States in the 20th Century. In a South Carolina prison sixty-six years ago, guards walked the 14-year-old boy, bible tucked under his arm, to the electric chair. Standing only 5′ 1″ and weighing a mere 95 pounds, the straps of the chair didn’t fit, and an electrode was too big for his leg. But that didn’t matter. The switch was pulled anyway and the adult sized death mask fell from George Stinney’s face. Tears streamed from his eyes. Witnesses recoiled in horror as they sat and watched the youngest person ever executed in the United States in the past century die. Stinney was accused of killing two white girls, 11 year old Betty June Binnicker and 8 year old Mary Emma Thames, by beating them with a railroad spike then dragging their bodies to a ditch near Acolu, about five miles from Manning in central South Carolina. The girls were found a day after they disappeared following a massive manhunt. Stinney was arrested a few hours later when white men in suits came and took him away. Because of the risk of a lynching, Stinney was kept at a jail 50 miles away in Columbia, SC. Stinney’s father, who had helped look for the girls, was fired immediately and ordered to leave his home and the sawmill where he worked. His family was told to leave town prior to the trial to avoid further retribution. An atmosphere of lynch mob hysteria hung over the courthouse. Without family visits, the 14 year old had to endure the trial and death alone. Community activists are still fighting to clear Stinney’s name, saying the young boy couldn’t possibly have killed two girls. 

You can be free
but only if your
skin is no darker
than the color of
the sidewalk that
has become stained
with the blood of
stolen lives.

You can be free
but only if you
close your eyes
and pretend it is
alright while a
Mother is carrying
an absence in her
heart so heavy I
wonder how her
heart continues
to beat.

You can be free
but only if you
are going to
breathe your
normal life while
you watch others
get their lungs filled
with the fumes of
corruption.

You can be free
but only if you
are the one that
spits venom at
those who have
done nothing wrong
except exist in a
case they would
rather not have to
be trapped in.

You can be free
but only if you
pledge allegiance
to a cloth that is
more useful as a
body bag than a
symbol of freedom.

You can be free
but only if your
skin is as white
as the teeth of
the man smiling
at the slaughter
of a harmless
soul.

—  You can be free, but only if your skin is no darker than the color of the sidewalk that has become stained with the blood of stolen lives.
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My faith in humanity is failing…

it’s weird to think that the first world war was a hundred years ago and i just feel like we’re living on that time or even earlier, like the human race has improved so much scientifically and technologically but what’s the point of all that if mentally and ideologically some (or the most) of us are still in the middle ages? when i think brazil is walking backwards i just need to look out the window to realise that the whole world is stagnant and sick