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Never Forget: George Stinney Jr – Executed At Age 14, Exonerated 70 Years Too Late


A miscarriage of justice took place in Alcolu, SC in March of 1944. A 14-year-old boy, George Stinney, Jr. was arrested, after two young white girls were discovered brutally murdered in a watery ditch. At the time of George’s arrest, he was home with his older brother and younger sister. George and his older brother Johnnie were arrested and taken away, even though their parents weren’t home. George and his little sister were reported to be the last people to see the girls alive. According to George’s sister, Amie Ruffner, “[The police] were looking for someone to blame it on, so they used my brother as a scapegoat.”

On June 16, 1944, George Stinney was executed! He became the youngest person in modern times to be put to death. After 70 years, Mr. Stinney was exonerated of the double murders. This horrendous moment from the Jim Crow South has tormented civil rights advocates for years.

On the day of his arrest, George was interrogated in a small room by himself, without his parents or an attorney present. The police alleged that George confessed to the killings because he wanted to have sex with one of the girls.

A copy of a photo that ran June 8, 1944, in The Columba (S.C.) Record, showing Stinney, center right, and Bruce Hamilton, 21, center left, enter the death house in the state prison. Both were executed June 16, 1944. Jimmy Price/The Columbia Record/AP
A copy of a photo that ran June 8, 1944, in The Columba (S.C.) Record, showing Stinney, center right, and Bruce Hamilton, 21, center left, enter the death house in the state prison. Both were executed June 16, 1944. Jimmy Price/The Columbia Record/AP

George Stinney was rushed to trial. With his trial taking only two hours to complete, and a jury deliberating for just 10-minutes, George was convicted of murder on April 24, 1944. He was sentenced to die by electrocution and at the time, 14 was the age of criminal responsibility. Mr. Stinney was represented by a lawyer who was a local political figure and the lawyer made the decision not to appeal the conviction. 

There was practically no evidence presented and it showed how a young black child was railroaded by an all-white justice system. Up to the point where he was recently exonerated, no written record of a confession was ever found. With new facts in the case coming to light, Circuit Judge Carmen Mullen vacated George’s conviction; 70 years after he was executed. The judge remarked, “I can think of no greater injustice than the violation of one’s Constitutional rights which has been proven to me in this case.”

A former cellmate of George’s at the time, issued a statement saying the boy denied the charges. “I didn’t, didn’t do it,’ ” Wilford Hunter said Stinney told him. “He said, ‘Why would they kill me for something I didn’t do?” The case has haunted the town of Alcolu since 1944. 

The Stinney family claimed that George’s confession was coerced and that he had an alibi, his sister. His sister said she was with him at the alleged time of the crime. They were watching their family’s cow graze near the railroad tracks by their house when the two girls rode over on their bicycles and asked them a question. George was accused of murdering the girls as they picked wildflowers.

The Stinney family fled their home according to George’s brother, Charles, because “George’s conviction and execution was something my family believed could happen to any of us in the family. Therefore, we made a decision for the safety of the family to leave it be,” Charles Stinney wrote in his sworn statement.

George Stinney was sent to the electric chair a mere 84 days after the girls’ deaths! Today, a death sentence is almost automatically appealed and it could take years, even decades, before an execution. In which time, new evidence could be discovered as in the case of George Stinney.

George Stinney wasn’t even 5 feet tall and weighed less than 100 pounds. The straps on the electric chair couldn’t contain his frail body. It was reported that George had to sit on books to reach the headpiece of the electric chair.

The Stinney family continued to demanded a new trial. In January of 2014, a judge agreed to hear new testimony and arguments in the case. Judge Mullen heard sworn testimony from George’s brothers and sisters, a witness from the search party that discovered the bodies and experts who challenged his confession. A child psychiatrist testified that George’s confession should have never been trusted. The psychiatrist, Amanda Sales, stated that, “It is my professional opinion, to a reasonable degree of medical certainty, that the confession given by George Stinney Jr. on or about March 24, 1944, is best characterized as a coerced, compliant, false confession. It is not reliable.”

The Stinney family maintained that they never wanted a pardon because “a pardon is forgiving someone for something they did,” said Norma Robinson, George Stinney’s niece. “That wasn’t an option for my mother, my aunt or my uncle. We weren’t asking forgiveness.” They wanted and received a full exoneration of George Stinney’s name. In December of 2014, 70 years after George was executed, Judge Carmen Mullen vacated the conviction against Stinney. 

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  1. Just a child,he never stood a chance. If this is not a prime example of the cruelty and racism at its height then what is. This amongst a never ending legacy of injustice and racism should be an eye opener for decent people regardless of nationality . RIP George

      • I agree 100%! Just an example of how people can be so racist! My heart really hurts for that poor kid. It would’nt have mattered what he said, they had every intention, of killing him, because they were hateful bastards! RIP George…

  2. I have learned about the horrible crimes committed against my people. I now want to know what the f**K IS WRONG WITH A WHITE PEOPLE? Why are they so savage and cruel? What causes such evil? Why are there never ANY Whites folks around to stop it? I say White because they wouldn’t have given a God God damn what somebody Black had to say.

    • They looking for power which they will never fine they looking for rule ment as if they God looking and judging from the color of our skin they just evil and looking for someone to pin the blame on smfh

    • Terrence, not all white people are disgusting, ignorant racist’s like those bastards are! I can honestly tell you, that there are alot of people absolutely heartbroken! This kind of shit, should never happen…ever! I will never understand, the mentality of some people, who base their opinions on a person, by the colour of their skin! That is just so wrong, and I believe that they are missing out on some wonderful friendships, because they choose to be racist pigs! I have raised my kids to treat everyone with respect! Treat people how you would like to be treated, and how you would like your kids to be treated! I wish everyone would be that way! I just don’t understand…yes I am white…but what does it matter! It doesn’t…eternal peace for George and I hope those who set this poor kid up, I hope they feel the pain of what they did, everyday!

      • Willow, you are totally correct. Not all white people are bad., obviously. Think sometimes, as black people, we learn about some of the atrocities that were committed against us by the “bad” white people and we group everyone together when talking about it. Thanks for taking the time to address that

    • It is said that it is in the human nature to fear what we don’t understand and hate what we fear. Them white folks came to our land with their pale skins, found us living our simple happy and uncomplicated lives and then forced us with their more advanced weapons and trickery to their home lands to prove to the white folks left behind what strange dark skinned human-like creatures they have discovered in Africa. Our African brothers and sisters were forced to be slaves and forced to forget our mother tongue and learn their language instead and treated like the animals we were considered to be. It is sad indeed.

      • Times have changed though, race discrimination is no longer the main problem even if there will be some areas where there is still discrimination yet not as intense as back in the days. And even back in the days, there would be some white folks who admired black people and treated them better and with decency. It was tough for black men who impregnated white women as they will not be given a chance to defend themselves and have them executed as well. I however was not born in that era and nor are today’s white folks, so there is no need to hate each other so much for we have done nothing to each other. What our forefathers went through is not what we will go through therefore it is in our hands to change our own destiny together as one race, which is THE HUMAN RACE.

        • It’s history at its finest…DECADES ago. Can we please just change our view on people and life these days? It’s great history…sad that there is still so much hate against different race. We ALL bleed the same damn color.
          Great read!!

        • WHERE DO U LIVE, UNDER A ROCK, OR ON ANOTHER PLANET; I AM SORRY BUT MAYBE U ARE NOT FROM AMERICA; BUT IT ACCTUALLY THE WHITE SLAVE OWNERS WHO RAPED THE BLACK WOMEN ON THE PLANTATIONS; BECAUSE THEY WERE PROPERTY; AND THE HALF WHITE CHILDREN THAT WERE BORN; WERE ALSO JUST PROPERTY; AND OFTEN WERE SOLD AND THE POOR MOMS HAD THEM TORN FROM THEIR ARMS AND THEY NEVER SAW THEM AGAIN; OR EVEN HEARD ABOUT THEM; BLACK MEN WERE OFTEN FALSLY ACCUSED OF RAPING WHITE WOMEN ; AND HANGED FOR IT; BUT THAT IS A LIE; THEY NEVER DID THAT!

          • THEY NEVER RAPED WHITE WOMEN ; AND WHITE WOMEN AT THAT TIME IN HISTORY WERE ONLY A STEP UP FROM BEING A SLAVE TOO! THEY HAD NO RIGHTS; NO SAY SO ON NOTHING; AND HAD TO OBEY FIRST THEIR FATHERS; AND THEN THEIR HUSBAND; WHICH BEING A WOMAN; THAT GIVES ME A COMFORT; CUSE IT WAS THE WHITE MEN WHO ENSLAVE THEM; AND KILLED OFF THE INDIANS;

        • You say that racism is no longer the main problem? You sound ignorant as I don’t know what. Tell you what…. tell that to Eric Garners children, to Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown and Sean Bell’s mothers, why don’t you?

      • Gina. Don’t be stupid. Africans sold Africans White people didn’t kidnap Africans in Africa lol. Also many black people bought Africans. You are only adding to the racism with your ignorance

        • Stop making a mockery of yourself, Chuck. When Black People bought their kind, the aim was to have a servant just like it is stated in many bible chapters and not to have a slave like what the Americans did. The way you make it sound it’s like black people shipped themselves to America. These people were tricked into making irrational decisions just like what the white people now living in Africa did to gain black people’s lands and livestock. Some of the black people were promised a golden life just to get them shipped to America . Face it, black people were never treated with equality by white people in America and even in Africa, hence the story of George Stinney emerged, so according to you, what happened to Stinney was a black man’s doing? Do you actually think that black people were that naive? And just for the record is it my ignorance that up until today, we still have schools in Africa where there are toilets made for White students (cleaner and with doors) and toilets of a lesser condition (without doors) made for Black students and Black people threatening to kill White people because of the Apartheid era of which most of the White people living Africa nowadays were not even a part of it? You can’t change history, it will remain, but you can mold the future (in a good or bad way) by taking certain actions in the present. You’re the one being ignorant because you want to make it look like it was Black people’s fault that they were treated poorly by White people and that most of Black people won’t toss it aside and forget about it. I couldn’t care less of the color of one’s skin, skin is skin, it is the condition of the area which they originate that gives them their light or dark pigment, I just don’t know why it is such a big deal to some people to end up leading to inequality between the two to begin with.

          • You are right that American slavery was different in many ways to the slavery “servitude” systems of other nations, even when considering the Roman Empire. And Americans where first to base slavery soley on race. Ive taken sociology and anthropology in college and know this. With multiracial professors

          • GINA; I HAVE ALWAYS FEALT THAT THE COLOR OF ONES SKIN WAS BASED ON LICALITY; IN AFRICA WHERE ITS SO HOT; THE PEOPLE WERE BLACK TO BE ABLE TO LIVE IN THAT INVIREMENT; IN NORWAY AND RUSSIA ETC. THEY WERE SO WHITE; AND THIS WAS BETTER SUITED FOR THE CLIMATE THEIR; I JUST THOUGHT IT MIGHT BE THE REAL REASON ARE DIFFERENT COLORS; I ONCE THOUGHT IT WAS THE REASON THE BIBLE GIVES; WHE N THEY WERE BIUILDING THAT TOWER THE PEOPLE ALL WOULD ARGUE ; SO GOD CHANGED ALL THEIR COLORS; AND LANUAGES; SO THEY FINISHED BUILDING IT; AND WENT SEPERATE WAYS AFTERWARDS; OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT; IT HAS BEEN A LON G TIME SINCE I WAS A CHRISTIAN; I AM A PAGAN NOW!

        • No Chuck she is right. The Canary Islands which is or was at the bottom of Africa is where the Portuguese and Europeans started with the slave trade. Later on is when Africans began selling their own ppl. Reading a non-sanitized book on the history of slavery is fundamental.

          • “Is or was at the bottom of Africa”??? The Canary Islands are near the top of the African continent off the coast of Morocco and are now part of Spain. The Portuguese did own them at the beginning of the slave trade, but the majority of African slaves were sold by other Africans, due to endemic in-fighting between tribes. None of this makes slavery or slave owners less abhorrent but, if you really want to understand history, it’s important to know that ALL ethnic groups are capable of great evil.

        • Chuck…talk about being stupid! Africans have no concept of chattel slavery. No African kingdom used humans as tools…that was a European concept! African who were PRISONERS OR WAR were traded without a concept of what the Europeans had in store for them. Study!!

        • You are the reason institutional racism is still alive and well today. Deflect the blame back onto the victims, nice job.

        • THAT IS THE TYPICAL STATEMENT OF A WHITE RACIST- YOU ARE SO DUMB- OR HAVE NEVER WENT TO CHOOL; OR READ A HISTORY BOOK; OR SEEN A MOVIE ABOUT IT; AND I BET U THINK THAT THE AMERICAN INDIANS WERE RESPONSIBLE FOR WHAT HAPPENED TO THEM; WHY; OH YEA, BECAUSE THEY WERE BROWN, AND INNOCENT ; AND FROM DAY ONE, COLUMBUS DECIDED TO ENSLAVE THEM, TAKE THE RICEHES AND LAND AND ANYTHING WORTH ANYTHING; AND GENOCIDE THEIR RACE- GOD I HATE BIGOTS!

        • hey chuck dont be a dum dum both things happen. black africans both were sold in to, and kidnapped and captured by slavetraders. so yes both incidents took place.

        • Everything you just said was a lie that mean you don’t know your history where did you get that shit from my mother live to be 100 my dad 92 his mother 90 I know first hand about slavery selling of slaves buying slaves only whites did that selling slaves whites did that. I just wanted to put that to you but I know it all everything about slavery if you don’t know everything then don’t talk about nothing.

      • The African people were not sought out for destruction or punishment out of hatred or fear, remember. It was greed from the beginning, the same greed of a tiny minority of super-rich today that exploited the great value of the defenseless Africans. The US was made the richest nation in history largely on the backs of slaves, and I know it. Even up here in New England, every little town has an old brick spinning mill on the creek and hit rich on King Cotton.

        If they had been paid the going wage, the black race in America would be equally prosperous today if not more so.

        The Romans enslaved other Europeans they conquered, especially the Slavs, which is where the word “slave” comes from. The proper Latin term is “servus”.

        And the exploitation continues today. The earth is being destroyed by the same greed for oil and gas that runs the prison-industrial complex, the modern version of slavery, which as you surely know, primarily targets African heritage people.

        Why? Because their financial resources are inadequate to defend themselves, that and the ignorance and selfishness of many whites still enjoys the self flattery of race hatred.

        The endless war that Wall Street wages around the world is not for defense. No, it’s plunder. And the stupid public falls for their lies, sends their children to kill and die for these criminal bankers. So sad.

        People in general make me sick sometimes. Please forgive me for being related to such rotten people.

        • Britain also did very well out of the slave trade of Africans to America and in various parts of the Caribbean such as Jamaica. Many owned plantations there and much of the wealth came back here, as did the products such as cotton for the booming textile industry of the late 18th century into the 19th century as well as sugar.

    • Calm down bruh. Many white people have stepped up and defended black people over the course of this country’s history. It was white people (Quakers) that created the underground railroad. It was white people that risked their lives in the south to register black people to vote and many were lynched. It was white people the gave black people in a North Carolina country, shotguns to stop the lynchings by the KKK. The man that Muhammad Ali and his father were named after, Cassius Clay, survived 10 assassination attempts on his life for defending black people. Andrew Carnegie donated so much money to black colleges that white southerners complained to Congress. Congress asked him to donate some to U of Kentucky to appease the racist. He said no. The acts of white people to help blacks against the hateful people of their own race is long and many. Even when it cost them their lives as many did.

      Now I understand emotions are hard to control but they should never overrule the mind. The United States isn’t the only country that has blood on its hands. Europe, Asia, Africa etc etc all have horrible atrocities to answer for. Mao Zedong slaughtered over 70 million Chinese people in less than 10 years. The Hutus of Rwanda slaughtered a million Tutsi’s in just 100 days of genocide. The British slaughtered the Irish. Can’t the number of bodies Shaka Zulu left behind. He went on homicidal murder spree after his mother died.

      There is a lot out there that the media isn’t gonna report to you because there are those in power that benefit from keeping people at each other’s throat.

      • . I think if Americans, as a culture, stopped with a certain language pattern repeat, there’d be fewer flared nostrils. Such as, ” Africans sold Africans”, or the seeming implication that everything else should be remembered, but slavery, nah forget about that, or “I’m voting for trump” …there’s just certain things one can’t tolerate without getting their pantaloons a little wadded up.

      • So what are you saying. You want us to kiss the ass of the people who enslaved us? That’s what I’m hearing. GTFOH.

    • Not all white people are like this. No, majority of us are not “savage and cruel”. Some are…but so are some black people, some middle-eastern people, some hispanic people. Good and bad come in all colors.

      I don’t see a “black kid” in these photos of him. I see a kid. An innocent, who was mercilessly murdered by those who have no sense of compassion or empathy.

      Just like you don’t all want to be judged by the color of your skin, don’t judge us by ours.

    • I AM ASHAMED OF BEING WHITE WHEN I READ ABOUT STUFF LIKE THIS; I KNEW THEY DID; BUT TO SEE IT MORE PERSONAL LIKE THIS; FOR SOME REASON; WHITE PEOPLE ARE MOSTLY EVIL; BUT THEN A FEW OF THEM ARE NOT; I HAVE NEVER BEEN PREJIDUCE AGAINST ANYONE; EXCEPT WHITE PEOPLE; BUT NO, THAT IS NOT TRUE; I ONLY HATE THE THINGS THEY DO; AND SOME WHITES LIKE ME; WOULD NEVER DO SUCH HORRIBLE THINGS TO ANYONE!

  3. Now that I am sorely depressed by this story could you at least share the good part about how his exoneration came about.

  4. It’s a true story he would of been 70 years old today smfh God rest his young soul I swear these cunt would of to pay for what they did to this young man I would haunt their family and their children children down to the last one in their family god I look upon you to give the family some kinda break way release their pain and keep George safe as we will never forget his name…Amen…

    • he would be 86 years old; i am born in 1949 and i am 67; so he can’t be 70 if he was 14 in the year 1944!

  5. May the Lord YAHWEH tear the hell out of the United States once and for all, and the descendants of all who perpetrated crimes like these.

    • Because that’s not spreading MORE hate at all… Dude seriously? All their descendants? Wipe out an entire genealogical line because ONE PERSON in the family’s lineage was a hateful moron? Better yet. Wipe out an ENTIRE NATION, INCLUDING the victims and their families because of the actions of one ignorant town? Keep in mind – this is the exact story in The Green Mile, only with a child instead of a big man. Humanity, by it’s very nature, is flawed. We are bound to mess up from time to time. And hindsight is ALWAYS 20/20 – looking back with new knowledge, experience and clarity points out the ignorance of our past. Are we now going to wipe out ALL OF HUMANITY because of the Egyptian use of slaves? Or because of some faux pas committed by a founding civilization like ancient Sumeria? Statements like yours are just continuing the cycle of hate and fear.

      • I stand corrected. Only the descendants that would carry out these types of atrocities again given the chance, like many police officers, who aren’t worthy of the badge, continue to do.

      • This tragedy was more than a hindsight. I’m tired of evil being swept under the rug. RACISM is still alive and active. The people that deny need to open their pretty eyes to see it. And white people didn’t create the Undergroung Railroad, can a black woman Harriet Tubman, please remain honored. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. fought for women and men of all color. America wants to erase the good that Black Americans have done a boast the bad. Meanwhile, racism lives on. Why? It’s because we as a ppl, meaning all races, are too busy thinking we know the most and we are are each other’s throats daily like we are not all human. All of us are human. My God. Jesus Christ said love your neighbor ppl just love each other despite differences. Hate is cowardly form!

        • This is a sad story. All secrets will come out on judgment day. Racism is still very much alive today. One such person is Donald Trump who has bold-facedly uttered some racist remarks. I’m not living in America but whatever happens there will surely me as I have relatives living there and it will affect our little island. I would hope and pray and all black people hear for themselves and make a wise decision. Surely if a man says he wants only white people there then the black people should have common sense not to vote for him cause he’s not going to keep them there.

    • Do not fret because the child is at peace. Please research the real history of white people and you will find out why they act out in hatred.We are all from the same place but no one wants to seek out the truth.Read all of the information before arguing any point because people are in denial. Many of us from the 60 -70 era were required and had to study the history of religion and events.

      • NOPE; BUT WE NOW REALIZE THAT THAT STUFF THEY TAUGHT U IN SCHOOL; WAS ALL BULLSHIT; THEY WHITE- WASHED IT TO MAKE THEIRSELVES LOOK LIKE THE GOOD GUY; OH YEA I MEAN YOU GILDA MANLEY

  6. I promise you James that not all white people have something wrong with them. But, I can guarantee that if you read your history, I swear you will more that what you have heard.

  7. This just break my heart and this is y we as black people need to stand together and stop killing off each other this need to stop

  8. What i know is that, the soul of GEORGE and all the faithfull departed through our lord,s mercy have been resting in perfect peace.. Our good lord have allready granted George enternal REST—-

    For the entire authorities ,They will witness the anger of the Allmighty GOD !!!

    MOST of these racial acts can be more dangerous than any other thing the authorities are fighting against.if they could,nt find or stop this act especially in advanced countries….

  9. We need to know how we got trapped under this white ppl. We need to Exodus back and fight, unite as one black nation and live in a natural environment, where theirs no weapon such as gun bomb rockets etc. I get called names by my neighbour for years though i finally took action, yet being white he a slap on d wrist . little change huh. Rip G Stinnley

  10. South Carolina seemed to be the state where some of the worst atrocities committed against black people during the Jim Crowe era and even recently occurred,to tell you the truth me as a black person is definitely afraid of that state,whenever I am driving through I make sure I am gassed up enough so that I don’t even have to stop at any of their gas stations.With that being said I am certain that their are good people of both races who would like to see the bigotry dissipate but unfortunately it all seemed to be a rooted culture which is going to be very hard to be uprooted to the perils of the good people who want to live in harmony

  11. Just think–this is only ONE example of this country’s heartbreaking dirty linen. The book “Carolina Skeletons” by David Stout was made into a same-titled movie starring Louis Gossett Jr.

  12. Got news for you; White people do the same sorts of things to other White people. The English common law set the age of criminal responsibility at seven from the 14th Century through the 18th Century. There were degrees of responsibility: this meant that., there was a rebuttable presumption that a child offender above the age of seven but below the age of fourteen could not form the criminal intent required for a sentence of death – but there was no such presumption for a child of 14 or older – See more at: http://deathpenalty.uslegal.com/minors/death-penalty-for-minors/#sthash.POyZmifW.dpuf

    It is worth noting that the first execution of a minor in the colonies was that of a 16 year old boy in 1642, at Plymouth Colony.

    Meanwhile, back at the ranch in eastern Colorado, during the height of the KKK in the 1910s-1920s, the Klan attempted to lynch my paternal grandfather and threatened to lynch his father-in law. They satisfied themselves with ordering his father to leave the county; my great-grandfather noted that the last bunch that tried to run him out were wearing feathers, and remained in the area. The Klan were the original proponents of national gun control, licensing, and registration; which is why I, and those of my relatives who haven’t forgotten our family’s history, are adamantly opposed to any so-called gun control legislation. Had we not been able to shoot back, many of us would not be here today.

    • Note that my grandfather, his father, and his father-in-law were all Whites – the Klan did NOT confine its odious attentions to non-Caucasians. In Tillamook, OR, Klansmen branded Catholic schoolchildren, regardless of race.

  13. I thought by now, the officers who did this hatchet sentencing should be named. The family name of those racist policemen, judge and lawyers should be mentioned so that their families would know the disgrace they brought to their uniform and offices dead or alive.

    It is sad that the little boy was prosecuted for what he didn’t know about just because of the colour of his skin. It is obvious that the hearts of some of the white people are not as white as their skin colours.

    I am happy this came out later so the family can weep and also be happy.

    • I agree. Shame those families names! But unfortunately, you will find those same names still feel the same way as heir past relatives in the positions as police officers, judges, lawyers, doctors, senators, congress, etc… to this day still are carrying out modern day executions of innocent African Americans. It is called evolving with what they consider a fool proof plan.

  14. So much to say on this subject….as a white person I apologize for the hatred and senseless cruelty that has been and is STILL inflicted on people of color…or any group that is deemed different and therefore somehow less. To those who say that Black people should move on and that this level of discrimination doesn’t exist, I implore you to interrogate reality on that point. Just because you personally have not seen someone of color being blatantly discriminated against does not mean that discrimination is not still a very serious and current issue. Subtle discrimination is often even more insidious as it disguises inequality and breeds more distrust and confusion. What has improved is that discrimination is no longer as legally or socially acceptable. However, forcing people to be accepting in public does not stop hatred, discrimination, and racism. To anyone of color reading my comment, please take heart that not all white people are incapable of extending love, understanding, and acceptance of others. To people who are not of color, please try to imagine what it is like to have a history that has not been fully apologized for….for a genocide that has not been recognized as such. Would not most of you be horrified to find a street named after Hitler? Why then can we not understand how it feels for people of color to walk down streets and see monuments that memorialize those who were complicit in acts of extreme cruelty and oppression against their ancestors? If a white teenager has on a hoodie and baggie pants, most would think he’s a typical sloppy teenager; when a black teenager wears the same outfit (God forbid he run down the street), many would question whether or not he’s a criminal. It is real and it still exists. However, the controversy in social media means that it is being talked about. This is important and long overdue. So to everyone reading this….keep talking, but don’t forget to listen. Racism did not end with Martin Luther King, Jr and the Civil Rights Movement. We are all human, but to say we are all one race is to devalue the African American experience or the experience of any anyone else who has been relegated as “other.” One day, maybe we can say “we are all just one human race.” But that day is not here and we must acknowledge each others differences, respect the differences, and learn to accept why we need each other. I am just so very tired of all the hate.

    • When you get a chance read “The Legend of Buddy Bush”. It’s nonfiction for teens, and there is a part two. It takes place in 1947.

  15. he didnt even do it i mean in the report it says that they we’re looking for someone to blame but thats right he shouldve had a fair trail and they we’re trying to get him to confess to something that he didnt do i dont understand how can they do that

    • IT HAPPENED SHUNTE BECAUSE IT WAS 1944; AND THEY HAD 0 RIGHTS THEN; IT WAS NOT TIL THE 1960’S THAT ANYONE EVEN SPOKE OUT ABOUT IT!

  16. So sad how this happen and u think we should take black history month out the picture are u fuckin crazy I guess if it was one of her family members would she feel the same way smh

  17. Although some may argue that all races have done evil things to their own people and outsiders, the main problem with the savagery of Whites is that they claimed of all to be civilized and decent. They professed a desire to teach the ‘natives’ and so-called lesser peoples about God, love, peace and how to develop themselves. Yet they, being civilized, have perpetrated the most heinous and wicked acts ever seen on the face of the earth while professing to be decent. That’s the hypocrisy of it all….Ask any other race, Africans, Indians, Chinese, American Indians, Amerindians (if you can find them), Japanese….. about the atrocities they faced at the hands of their Godly white fellow human beings. They can all point to a time when they suffered terribly at the hands of the White man/woman. #worstraceever

    • ROBERT, EXACTLY; WOW, THAT IS WHAT ALWAYS GOT MY GOAT; THEY HID BEHIND THAT LIE FOR A LONG TIME; BUT THE HORRIBLE ACTS THEY COMMITTED; WERE NOT THE ACTS OF A CIVILIZED MAN; THEY SAID THE INDIANS WERE SAVAGES; NOT EVEN HUMAN; LESS THEN ANIMALS; AND THE BLACK MAN WERE NOT HUMAN BUT WERE LIKE ANIMALS; SO LIKE ANIMALS WHICH THEY OWNED AND WE STILL OWN THEM TODAY; WERE TREATED AS SUCH; BUT THE LITTLE FLAW IN THIS STORY IS ; UNLESS THEY HAD SEX WITH THE PIGS, HORSES, ETC. THEN THEY KNEW THE BLACKS WEREN’T ANIMALS; BUT THEY DID THIS TO FEEL JUSTIFIED AND RIGHT ABOUT WHAT THEY DID; TO BE AS EVIL AS THEY WANTED! AND THE POOR INDIAN; WERE SO INNOCENT TO THE WHITE MAN’S MORE MODERN WORLD; AND THE INDIAN WERE MORE NOBLE; AND WHEN THEY MADE A TREATY PR PACT OR PROMISE THEY MEANT IT; AND SO THEY THOUGHT THE WHITE MAN WOULD HONOR WHAT EVER TREATY THEY MADE; UNTIL THEY KEPT BREAKING THEM; AND MIOVING THEM TO NEW LAND AS MORE SETTLERS CAME; AND THEY NEEDED MORE LAND TO SELL THEM; SO THE POOR INDIAN WAS MOVED; AND AND EVEN ATTACKED BY THE CAVALRY AND JUST SLAUGHTERED, MEN, WOMEN, AND CHILDREN; SO THE INDIANS ATTACKED THE SETTLERS; AND KILLED THEM; AND THE SETTLERS DID NOT KNOW WHAT WAS REALLY GOING ON; AND THE CAVALRY TOLD THEM IT WAS BECAUSE THE INDIANS WERE ALL SAVAGES WITH BLOOD LUST;; AND KEPT THEM SO SCARED THAT THEY SAW GEORGE CUSTER; AND THE CAVALRY AS HEROS; NOT KNOWING THAT THE CAVALRY WERE THE ENEMY, YHE INDIAN WERE VICITMS; THE POOR INDIAN LOST EVERYTHING; THEIR LAND; THEIR BELIEVES; THEIR CULTURE; AND THEN FORCED TO BECOME WHITE; CUT THEIR HAIR; STOP TALKING THEIR LANGUAGE; AND THE CHILDREN WENT TO MILATARY SCHOOLS OR CATHOLIC RUN CHOOLS ; AT THE AGE OF 5 OR 6 AND COULD NOT GO BACK HOME UNTL THEY HAD HAD THE INDIAN BEAT, PREACHED OR WHATEVER IT TOOK TO WASH THE INDIAN OUT OF THEM; MY EX MOTHER-IN -LAW;; WHO WAS BORN IN 1915 , SHE IS INDIAN;; AND TOLD ME ABOUT THIS AND SHE HAD TO GO TO RIVERSIDE TO A BARRACKS LIKE SCHOOL; AND THE CHLDREN DID THIS UP INTO THE 30’S’ THE INDIAN WAS NOT GRANTED CITIZENSHIP UNTIL THAT SAME TIME; WOW; IT WAS THEIR FUCKING LAND TO BEGIN WITH; OMG; JUST WRITING THIS TRUTH ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED

  18. Of course, it is possible and probable that George Stinney Jr. did murder those two girls. I know people want to create a narrative that white people want to hang blacks for no reason and that all black men are innocent as the day is long, but the truth is that some black men do commit murder and rape, and most of those who do commit murder and rape are not very smart about it, and they get caught.

  19. I read this story some time ago and it makes me sick as it did then. Some very CRUEL things have been doing to our people and still going on till this day. God knows who they are and they will answer.

  20. This breaks my heart….Lets love one another like the Heavenly Father wants us too. The Lord is not pleased with all the evil doings on this earth. We as humans have the power to change that. Remember change starts with ” YOU”!!!! God bless you all!!!!

  21. Very sad, but I don’t bear any responsibility as a white person for this. Don’t blame me, neither me nor my parents were even alive then. I take everyone as they come and judge them based on their actions, regardless of race, and I think that is one of the biggest lessons for white people, and for everyone else.

    • DYLAN THAT MIGHT BE TRUE; BUT IN THE THEORY OF REANCARNATION; THERE IS SIMPLE KARMIC DEBT; WHICH IS THE INDIVIDUAL; AND THE KARMIC DEBT OWED BY A RACE OF PEOPLE; THAT IS A HEAVY DEBT; AND MEANS AS PART OF THAT WE AS THAT RACE MUST EITHER MAKE AMENDS WHEN WE CAN AND DO ALL WE CAN TO KEEP WHAT EVER HORRIBLE THING WE HD DONE FROM HAPPENING AGAIN; I ALWAYS THOUGHT THAT IS WHY HITLER KILLED THE HEBREW PEOPLE BECAUSE THEY HAD THE KARMIC DEBT TO PAY BACK WHEN THEY KILLED THE SON OF GOD; ACTUALLY THAT MIGHT NOT BE TRUE SINCE THAT WAS FROM THE BIBLE; WHICH MIGHT BE OR MIGHT NOT THE TRUTH;

  22. From Google: “The Scottsboro Boys were nine black teenagers falsely accused in Alabama of raping two White American women on a train in 1931. The landmark set of legal cases from this incident dealt with racism and the right to a fair trial.” This was another case of racism where a white person could blame or falsely accuse a black person and their word accepted simply because they were white. This sort of principle applies in other cases where one person’s word is taken over that of another due to social class or position in life – eg a policeman over a criminal. The police at the time of such crimes wanted a culprit and a black person, especially a young one, was easy pickings with no one to help them. It is still happening, and not necessarily where race is concerned.

  23. This fucker was a murderer and you are all showing sympathy? Seriously fuck all you sick fuckers! And fuck him for killing those innocent girls death was to good for him he deserved to be raped by a thousand black men before dying!

    • Are you serious?!?! Did you not read the damn article??? It says he was EXONERATED 70 years too late! Meaning he was found INNOCENT 70 years after HE was MURDERED for something HE DIDN’T DO!!!

      • Actually his conviction was vacated because he was not given a fair trial. In other words because it was a sham trial his conviction was overturned, but he was never retried and found not guilty. Odds are good that he didn’t actually kill the girls.

    • SPOKEN LIKE A TRUE DYED THE THE WOOL BIGOT; YOU CAN’T READ OR ANYTHING; THE COURTS EXONERATED HIM; HE NEVER DID THE CRIME; AND THAT WAS KIND OF EXTREME AND WHY DID U SAY, RAPED BY A THOUSAND BLACK MEN BEFORE DYING; IS THAT YOUR LITTLE FANTASY; SINCE HE WAS FRAMED FOR RAPING AND KILLING 2 WHITE GIRLS; WHY WOULD A 1,000 BLACK MEN RAPE HIM; SEEMS MORE LIKELY 1,000 WHITE MEN WOULD DO THAT, ID IT WAS EVEN POSSIBLE TO HAPPENED IN THE JAIL/PRISON’ OH THIS IS TO JON DON; AND FYI; YOU ARE NOT JUST A BIGOT RACIST ASSHOLE; BUT U ARE A CLOSET CASE GAY DUDE; THAT’S WHY U WENT THERE WITH THE 1,000 BLACKS GUYS RAPING HIM; WHICH YOU WISH THEY WOULD DO TO U; SORRY; WOW SORRY; I DON’T KNOW WHY I SAID THAT; AND I AM SO SORRY TO ALL THE PEOPLE ON HERE; AND I AM NOT A WEIRDO; REALLY; THIS STUFF JUST REALLY BUGS ME WHEN DUMB PEOPLE TALK LIKE THIS GUY DID;

  24. Sad to say but it still happens today. There are still many many African Americans convicted of crimes they never comitted and thanks to DNA many have been released many years after the fact.

  25. This was bad. It should of never happen. I am white and see that the da and police were criminally wrong here. It is so bad that stuff like this happen in our past. RIP young man for surely your with the Lord. The da, police,judge and jury will answer to God one day about this.

  26. Will there ever be justice? I cannot fully take in why they despise us so vehemently. There are no words to date that I have personally read explaining the type of hate they have for us. Its a scary disease they are exhibiting that goes back so far.

  27. It’s rather unfortunate we stil carry on with the same hatered and racism against each other……especially agInst the blacks….A black man or woman never created himself or herself but GOD did. Why killing an innocent 14 & 21 years old boys? And George Stinney was just one out of uncounted number of innocent teen children killed unjustly. God is watching US!

  28. Chuck i hope your not black or your an insult tovyour own race .There is still ‘slavery’ in Africa today but it’s not slavery as we know what slavery is. Their ‘slavery’ is payment for something you have been loaned or stolen and can’t pay back so they have you work for them to pay it off or you go to jail.

    Anyway this story is so sad no child or person in fact should be murdered not those girls and certainly not him. RIP George your name has finally been cleared I’m honoref to share your lovely name.

  29. This is just so hard to even read…I was 2 years old. Exonerated means so little because the killers were never even looked for. He or they murdered two girls and got to live out his or their lives. I posted this a years ago. This story is so telling of our country and how justice every single day is our biggest challenge. It would be so easy for me to rant about this. It goes deep into my heart and soul. Makes me cry for this 14 year old and all others who are hurt or killed because of skin color.

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