Thursday, September 21, 2017

Why we need a monument to civil rights leader Rev. Joseph A. De Laine

“Before it was over, they fired him from the little schoolhouse at which he had taught devotedly for ten years. And they sued him on trumped-up charges and convicted him in a kangaroo court and left him with a judgement that denied him credit from any bank. And they burned his house to the ground while the fire department stood around watching the flames consume the night. And they stoned the church at which he pastored. And fired shotguns at him out of the dark. But he was not Job, and so he fired back...Then he fled, driving north at eight-five miles an hour country roads, until he was across the state line. Soon after, they burned his church to the ground and charged him, for having shot back that night and so he became an official fugitive from justice with felonious assault with a deadly weapon. All this happen because he was black and brave."

Richard Kluger, Simple Justice: The History of Brown v. Board of Education.

At a time when statues are coming down, my family is arguing that a new one should be put up. You can read about it in The New York Times.

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