George Junius Stinney, Jr., was a 14 year old African American who was wrongfully convicted of murdering two white girls, ages 7 and 11, in his hometown of Alcolu, South Carolina.
The story of George Stinney Jr is one of the strongest evidences of racism against the Black man in Amerika. Who would kill a young boy, because he is innocent profoundly conscious of it? Your opinion is as valid as of many others.
George was only 14 years old when he was wrongfully accused of murdering two white girls namely, 11-year-old Betty June Binnicker and 7-year-old Mary Emma Thames.
Both bodies were found near the road where George Stinney Jr. was staying with his mother.
He always carried a bible in his hands, claiming his sincerity, during his trial until the day of his execution. However, his confessions and apologies went were ignored, since all the judges were white at that time.
His trial lasted just 2 hours, and 10 minutes later the judge handed over the sentence. The parents of the child were threatened and were not allowed to give him presents at the trial. Sadly they were forced out of town.
Between the time of Stinney’s arrest and his execution, Stinney’s parents were permitted to see him once, after the trial when he was held in the Columbia Penitentiary. They were not allowed to see him any other time under threat of lynching.
George lived 81 days until his execution without seeing his parents. He was locked up in a lonely cell 80kilometers from his home. Neither his parents or lawyer he was being questioned and tried alone.
On the day of his execution, he was electrocuted with 5,380 volts in the head. Just take a moment and imagine. This is what humans did to a boy.
George Stinney was executed at 7:30 at Columbia, South Carolina, Central Correctional Institution on 16 June 1944. At 7:25 p.m., 5 feet tall and a weight of just over 90 pounds, three police officers came to the jail, entered the house, and took George away from his cell.
The officers accompanied him into the execution room to the electric chair, holding a bible as a supporter because of the smallness of George. Then his back, legs, body to the chair held George.
His father was asked to come to George to speak to his son his last words. An officer asked George whether he might need to say any final words, but George was just shaking his head.
14 year old George Stinney was only able to moan and breathe deeply until one officer pulled a rope from his chair and put it over his mouth, causing him to broke down in tears.
So they held the face mask on his face which did not fit him, as George collapsed again. When the lethal force was applied, George’s face was covered with the mask, which slipped off revealing the burned scalp and tears streaming down his face, saliva dripping from his mouth.
He was finally proved innocent by a South Carolino Judge 70 years later after his execution. There were over 19.07 kilograms in the beam with which two white girls were killed. It was therefore unlikely for George Stinney Jr to be able to lift it, let alone hit hard enough to kill the two children.
It became clear to everyone that the boy was innocent. Many whites brought it all together so that they could blame him for blackness. His crime was his color – nothing more nothing less.
Stephen King was inspired by George’s case letting him write his 1999 novel, “The Green Mile.” which was taken to the theaters in 1999.
The story of George Stinney must speak to the heart of the world, in particular to the races who have for years oppressed the Black/Brown/African race.
His case should be a tool to measure how America and Europe are today better at racism and killing innocent black boys and girls.[LAR]