George Stinney was, at age 14, the youngest person executed in the United States in the 20th century.
No witnesses were called for the defense. The trial lasted two and a half hours. The jury took ten minutes to deliberate before it returned with a ‘guilty’ verdict.
Stinney walked to the execution chamber with a Bible under his arm, which he later used as a booster seat in the electric chair.
The best part of this tragedy is that it helped to evolve the legal process.
The worst part is using the Bible as the seat of an injustice taking place.
I couldn’t imagine having to live in the South back then if something went awry and not being white.
My dad grew up in Ocala so I know it was survivable. But living and surviving are two different things.
Reading these stories makes me grateful for the positive societal changes that have taken place.
It’s easy to blame race but really, it’s just ignorance. That’s something that transcends all skin colors, nationalities; even time.
So, what I’m thankful for is education and learning, and for those willing to accept them.