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Free the Scott Sisters!

Free the Scott Sisters!

….Sisters Receive Double Life Sentences for their alleged involvement in an armed robbery

This is one of those stories that truly bothers me because of its blatant show of racism and unfair treatment of African Americans. No matter how you look at it, this is unfair and unjust and justice needs to be served.

16 years ago in Scott County, Mississippi, sisters Jamie and Gladys Scott were accused of being involved in the armed robbery of two young men that netted  a total of $11. The two sisters were arrested and later convicted of the armed robbery and both received double life sentences for their involvement in the crime. Both sisters have always denied being involved, yet for the past 16 years they have sat in the Central Mississippi Correctional Facility appealing their sentences only to have each appeal denied. The sisters have now exhausted all of their appeals.

How does a person with no criminal background  receive such an unfair and lengthy sentence for an army robbery in which no one was hurt? That is the question that many people have asked over the years. There seems to be no logical reason why these  women received such severe jail sentences, but I did find an interesting tidbit of info —> here  that may shed some light on the sister’s unfortunate situation.

What makes this situation even more interesting is that in the state of Mississippi, the crime of armed robbery carries a sentence of three years or up to life in prison. So why in the case of two African American women, who were found guilty of “setting up” two men to be robbed, where no one was hurt, was a sentence of double life given? Why were these women ordered to spend the rest of their lives in jail for a crime that did not warrant such irregular jail time?

Stories like this add to the justification of my “BGT don’t do Mississippi” way of thinking.  I’ve mentioned in past blog entries how I feel about good ole Mississippi and every time something like this happens in Mississippi I raise my eyebrow and say “Doesn’t surprise me one bit.” 

BGT on Mississippi –> The South Shall Rise Again!        Yes the KKK can have their meeting here! 

 Racism exists everywhere, I just wouldn’t wanna chance being black in Mississippi and even doing something that resembles a crime (eyebrow raised) just like I wouldn’t chance walking, riding, residing, eating or breathing in West Memphis, Arkansas; but that’s a whole notha story that I will definitely need to fill my readers in on.

After reading these comments   from the Clarion Ledger I was appalled. For any human to state that this sentencing is fair is insane.  If these women were a part of your family, would you still believe that they should spend the rest of their life behind bars for an armed robbery they were accused of being involved in when they were barely of legal age? I doubt that these commenters would be in agreement with the double life sentences if the ones accused where a friend or family member of theirs. 

It is good to know that the NAACP is taking action and fighting for the Scott Sisters to have their life sentences pardoned. (they have been incarcerated only 16 years. Did the NAACP just find out about the Scott sisters??)  *puzzled look*   Supporters of the Scott sisters marched on the Capital Wednesday demanding justice for the sisters. NAACP President Ben Jealous requested Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour pardon the two sisters’ sentences and the sisters’ attorney Chokwe Lumumba met Wednesday with one of Gov. Haley Barbour’s staff attorneys about their petition for a pardon or a reduced sentence. Barbour’s office has said the governor is waiting to receive a recommendation from the state Parole Board.

*Articles/Stories on the Scott Sisters that you must read

Solitary Watch-For Jamie Scott, an $11 Robbery in Mississippi May Carry a Death Sentence

Protestors Demand Release of Scott Sisters

Workers World- The Tragic Case of the Scott Sisters

Racism is Alive & Kicking (STILL) at Ole Miss

Watch….

This video was posted by two University of Mississippi students  in response to Ole Miss’s decision to stop playing its traditional fight song From Dixie With Love due to the words chanted by Ole Miss fans at the end of the song.  The words  “The South Shall  Rise Again”  caused some people to feel that the song was supporting segregation. The University decided to stop the band from playing the song during football games.

click here to listen to From Dixie with Love |insert racist chant here|

The two students have since been suspended from the university.

read more here

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BGT Thoughts:  Disgusted, yes….suprised, no!

Once again in the good ole state of Mississippi a few of the good ole boys have decided to show their true colors. In response to Ole Miss’s Chancellor Dan Jones enforcing the decision to not play the song From Dixie with Love at the football games due to the words “The South Shall Rise Again” being chanted at the end of the song, these two young men douchebags decided that they would record their thoughts on the decision and post the video on YouTube for the world to see.

Notice how eagerly they say the word nigger, must have learned that at home home huh?

For some people the words:

The South Shall Rise Again

holds no particular meaning, but for those who know anything about The South you know that a chant of those words means, we welcome segregation, bring on the white robes and confederate flags. The saying is defined in Wikipedia as:  A slogan popular with the KKK and other old Confederate factions after the  of American Civil War 1861-1865

 The big problem is not so much with the slogan itself even though it carries along with it a history of hate and racism. It is the idea that those who use it know very well that the slogan is linked to segregation and hate yet they choose to use it anyway. They choose to chant it proudly because of one ultimate reason, and that reason being that they totally agree with what it is linked to. These two students proved that with their ignorant YouTube rant.

Things never seem to change in Cotton Land smh.

I’ve said it before and I will say it again, racism is very much alive and kicking. There is always someone ready and waiting to prove it!