Following the senseless tragedy in Charleston S. C., I received this tasteless appeal for a contribution from Mary Mancini, Chair of the Tennessee Democrat Party.
Saturday morning I attended an event that had been on my calendar for
many months but that took on additional significance in light of the
horrific murders in Charleston, S.C.
The event was the commemoration of a little known piece of Tennessee history - the murder of Elbert Williams, a founding member
of the first NAACP Chapter established in 1939, in Brownsville, Haywood
County, TN. One year later, Mr. Williams was overheard organizing a
voter registration drive in his community, was taken from his home by
members of the Brownsville Police Department, shot dead, and thrown in
the Hatchie River.
Williams was a founding member of the first NAACP Chapter established
in 1939, in Brownsville, Haywood County, Tennessee. On the night of June
20, 1940, while still in his pajamas, he was taken from his home by
members of the Brownsville Police Department. He was never seen alive
again. Three days later, his disfigured remains were found in the
Hatchie River, six miles south of Brownsville. His wife was summoned to
the riverbank to identify his remains. Without benefit of investigation,
the authorities ordered his immediate burial in Taylor Cemetery. No
funeral was held, and his grave was unmarked. Plans to memorialize his
contribution and heroic acts on the first anniversary of his death in
1941 never materialized. In December of 1941, Japan bombed Pearl Harbor
and the United States entered World War II. The memory and courageous
contribution of Elbert Williams, was lost to time." Read more....
Saturday morning, while sitting in the gym of the Haywood County High
School in Brownsville, TN, it was impossible not to draw a straight line
from the murder of Mr. Williams to the shootings in Charleston.
yet, we refuse to do so. Some are already treating this as an isolated
incident, much the same way in which we treat every mass shooting in
this country - as an isolated incident. We forget history so quickly.
seeing the pattern play out again now - outrage, 24/7 news coverage,
push back by the Right on the murderer’s motives, and then nothing – no
changes to public policy and no shift “in how we think about the issue of gun violence collectively”
– a shift that could keep us safe from these kinds of mass killings;
that could keep us safe at school, or church, or in Bible study.
years after the racially motivated murder of Elbert Williams in
Brownsville, TN, we witness the racially-motivated mass murder in
Charleston. 75 years after a murder motivated by the “collective evil of Jim Crow," we witness multiple murders motivated by the collective evil of 21st-Century Racism. This time, there is no way we can blame mental illness.
we continue to pretend the “gaping racial wound” doesn’t exist, if we
continue to be afraid to bring it out in the open and talk about it, if
we continue to remain silent, then we will be complicit in perpetuating
"the collective evil of 21st-Century Racism."
Chair, Tennessee Democratic Party
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