Originally created 01/16/04

King would still be seeking justice

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. cautioned that "injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." Had Dr. King lived, undoubtedly he would have curtly spoken out regarding the Catholic church and its handling of the priestly pedophiles who raped and robbed so many children of their innocence.

He would also have been very critical of law enforcement and its snail-like approach to the problem. If this tragedy was committed by the Southern Christian Leadership Conference or the Black Muslim Mission our justice system would have swiftly destroyed those organizations with America's blessings. Although parity is slowly creeping around, it is no secret that law enforcement in this area, from the beginning, was created by whites for their benefit and it does not apply the same to everyone.

For instance, ... last year a local black man was convicted of impregnating a 14-year-old black girl. Today he's doing 15 years and no one, not even his family, disagrees with his sentence.

On the other hand, a local prominent white man sexually assaulted a 15-year-old black girl, Carrie Butler, who worked as a maid in his family's home. She was impregnated at 15 and gave birth to Essie Mae Washington.

Know what the white man got? He got away with it because his name was J. Strom Thurmond and he went on to become a South Carolina governor and a U.S. senator, all the while railing against black-white relations. According to the white people in the area, many knew about what happened but chose to keep quiet. Thurmond was a hypocrite and a racist and so are his supporters who knew about this disgusting crime. Shameful!

Robert "Tunk" Martin, Edgefield,SC


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