I have always lived in the South, all of my twenty-one years have been spent here, and one thing has never changed, I can look in any direction and see a white face and a green field. I have never been a minority, (unless we’re talking about the fact that I am a liberal in a conservative state). A conservative state that has a dark history.
In the 1930s, nine black teenagers on a freight ride from Chattanooga to Memphis ran into trouble with some of the white youth that shared the same ride. Both groups of young men engaged in a fight and many of the white teens were forced off the train. After the fight, some of the white teens reported the “assault”, and the black teens were met by a posse in Paint Rock, Alabama. The nine soon found themselves jailed in Scottsboro, earning them the title, ‘The Scottsboro Boys’. (See source)
Also meeting the posse, with allegations of rape, were two girls who had shared the same freight ride, Victoria Price and Ruby Bates. The two claimed they were raped by all nine boys, (one boy being just thirteen at the time). Later, Ruby admitted she was lying, that Price had told her, “to frame up a story”. After rounds of trials, different judges, and years of their lives (six to be exact), the boys finally made it out of Alabama.
“Evil rarely comes in the form of monsters, but rather in the form of relatively normal people who, for reasons of careers, ideology, or a desire for society’s approval, are indifferent to the human consequences of their actions.”“Because we had just won a hellacious war, white America was kind of united and standards of behaviour were very similar. That unification made it easier for society to function.” – Bill O’Reilly