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Alabama Pardons Scottsboro Boys 82 Years After Injustice

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Alabama Officials Pardon Scottsboro Boys 82 Years After Injustice - Atlanta Black Star

Eighty-two years ago, all-white juries in Alabama imposed the death sentence on eight black teenagers falsely accused of raping two white women, setting the stage for a landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling.

Now, the Scottsboro boys are poised to be pardoned.

Jeremy King, a spokesman for Alabama Governor Robert Bentley, said he expects the bill to be signed this week allowing the posthumous pardons, reversing convictions that became a symbol of racial injustice in a case that led to the end of black exclusion from juries in the South.

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23 Comment

  1. yes!!!!

  2. It's about time! How about some form of restitution?

  3. This country has a "rich" history of racial injustice. These things should be taught in school so all will know what this nation did…..so that these atrocities NEVER happen again.

  4. It's about time & it is long overdue! My Mother often told Me this true & trajic incident within our American History. Hopefully this will not happen again but we all do know that this these types of incidents will always happen within our racist Judicial System I am sorry to say.

    • It still happens all of the time and it will continue to happen as long as we live in a fear based society. This was not a hiccup, this was systematic institutional racism, the very thing that so many folks don't want to talk about today… Because that was then and this is now, and you know I'm not a racist. Even though every institution in this country was founded on racism and those who have still to this very day profit from it… Past, present, and if something isn't done… The future.

  5. Are any of them still alive? I'm sure this will comfort their families but yr timing is so sad. U don't waste a minute when something is owed to u but that sure isn't reciprocated. America the Great is not so great sometimes. I hope that this case goes into History Books and the truth is with the pictures – Racism and the Convenience of it in our American Culture!

  6. THIS STORY HAS ALWAYS BEEN SO SAD TO ME, WE ARE STILL DEALING WITH THIS KIND OF RACISM TODAY, ITS JUST IN A DIFFERENT FORM! SO SADD!

  7. Fuck alabama and all the albino assholes.

  8. So long overdue…

  9. NOW YOU RACIST ASSHOLES WANT TO PARDON THIS, YOUR IGNORANT.. IT WAS DONE ON PURPOSE RESTITUTION SHOULD BE PAID IN THE BILLIONS.

  10. The event compares to the trial of the Martinsville Seven which occured in Martinsville, Virginia, January 1949. In 1951, all seven black men were put to death by the electric chair or another form of legal lynching at that time. History books indicate at that time no white man had ever been put to death in the state of Virginia for rape of a white woman. Your readers and legal scholars should research the trial of the Martinville Seven and see how wrongful justice was applied and maybe these seven innocent souls can rest in peace. Justice applied and was corrected but late.

  11. Shirley Jackson the last defendant died in 1989.

  12. hmmm, I'm sure they are dead by now. What's the point? That should have been done 80 years ago, so they could enjoy their life.

  13. This is a sad and terrible story those men can never really have justice

  14. I know this has nothing to do with this but justice is what I’m
    Looking for my father Aaron Christopher wheeler is serving
    Two life sentencing for being in the wrong place at the wrong
    Time and knowing the people who did the crime he has been there 22 1/2 years and is dieing of cancer stage four a video
    Even shows him just standing there drinking a beer he left five
    Kids a wife and his mother brothers and sisters out here he now
    Has six grandchildren and has yet to experience what real life is
    Please help my family if someone can you can read up on him
    He is cerrently in graterford prison god bless

  15. Now…..what good is that going to do them? Murderers.

  16. I think one of them actually escaped to ny and was married wit a family when the pardon was recieved, also one was not charged bcuz of his age and iq. but still to lie and cuz someone their life is horrendous!

  17. EIGHTY TWO YEARS LATER!

  18. The were innocent of the crime, so why are they being pardoned. They should be exonerated, not pardoned! What nonsense!

    • they are still guilty of being Black in America…

  19. In the United States, human rights violations are something many consider to be faced by other people in other countries, not by people here at home. yet it took 82 years and this pardon does not right this wrong. t still happens all of the time and it will continue to happen as long as we live in a fear based society. This was not a hiccup, this was systematic institutionalized racism, the very thing that so many folks don't want to talk about today… Because that was then and this is now, and you know… "I'm not a racist." Even though every institution in this country was founded on racism and plenty of folk still to this very day, profit from it… Past, present, and if something isn't done… The future. Just look at your Congress, If that doesn't tell you that racism is alive and kicking, you probably are not…
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  20. @Herb Townes – thank you for the 411. I’ve never heard of the Martinsville Seven.

  21. Wow… What a revelation! "Alabama sucks now,
    Alabama sucks tomorrow, Alabama sucks forever!" Sounds familiar?

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