Where Real Racism Lies: Murder in Coweta County
Updated: Mar 6
As “Black History Month” comes to a close, it is a good time (as any) to reflect on the history of Blacks and race relations in America.
From Trayvon Martin to George Floyd, much has happened to race relations within very recent history; however, the focus and zeal that is so often seen and propagated by violent groups such as Black Lives Matter, individuals like Shaun King, and many other entities, fail to actually target the crux of the real issue.
When most Americans, white and black alike, think about race issues or racism, there are some very simple things that come to mind. One would be the use or nonuse of the infamous “N-Word,” an utterance created by antebellum southerners as a butchered pronunciation of the word “negro.” It is an utterance because it has no historical or stable definition, other to mean “black person.” Furthermore, it cannot realistically be labeled a pejorative, because insults are subjective; or as the kindergarten rhyme goes: “Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never hurt me.”
Does a debate on whether a word should or shouldn’t be used matter? I see too many people who are quick to jump in and argue against its use; yet these same people have absolutely no issue with the use of profanity, whether it is in the music they listen to, the TV shows they watch, or even in the conversations they have. These same people claim to be Christian, and it baffles me how such a double standard is held, since they clearly violate basic Christian principles (Ephesians 4:29). I am not advocating for the use of the word, but as a black man, and a Christian, I feel that as human beings, our time can be spent focusing on other, more important things.
Another thing that tends to enter into the minds of people, especially recently, is the “police brutality” problem. Though unnecessary use of force by law enforcement does occur, it is no where near the central issue. I will say, however, that it seems that the vast majority of law enforcement officers do not have the mental aptitude for the job. Again, this is not an assertion, simply an observation.
Now then, where is it that the real issue lies?
The central problem of real racism in America lies in several areas. Firstly, contrary to popular belief, racism in America is not dead; it is very much alive and well… thanks to it not being recognized by the general public. Where racism is alive does depend on the location; northern states or more western states are less likely to have a race issue, though that doesn’t mean that there are no race issues at all. However, in the South, particularly states such as Georgia, Alabama, the Carolina’s, etc, this is a different story. I’m going to show you how one county in Georgia is still arrogantly racist today, and has been that way for generations.
Coweta County Georgia.
Coweta County Georgia was established in 1826. It borders from the south the more prominent county of Fulton, the county seat of Atlanta. Newnan is the county seat of Coweta. Now, Coweta County is an area that I would consider the northernmost part of the deep south, as everything below it is virtually the same in culture.
On April 23 1899, a horrible tragedy occurred there... and the aftermath and attitude of whites towards it is truly shocking.
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