George Stinneys Execution

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Photo via Progressive Eruptions blogger Creative Commons Licences

It is unfair that people of color are getting shot at and killed because the color or their skin.

George Stinney is an African American who was judged for the color of his skin and executed at the age of 14 for something he didn’t do. In the year of 1944, on March 24, two white girls named Betty June Binnicker, who was 11 and Mary Emma Thames who was 7, were looking for mapops (a kind of flower). They followed the railroad tracks. Ahead of them were two black children with the names of George Stinney and his younger sister Amie. George had taken his family’s cow out to graze. Betty and Emma asked where to find maypops. George and Amie didn’t know. Later that day Betty and Mary were both found dead with crushed bones, bruises and blood. This story has haunted Alcolu for 74 years.

After talking for less than 10 minutes, the jury found George Stinney guilty of both murders. The judge sentenced Stinney to death by electrocution.