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Alabama Man Threatens to Kill Black Boy Who Befriended Daughter

By February 6, 2011

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In August 1955, two white men kidnapped a black teen named Emmett Till from his great uncle's home to torture him. They beat and shot the 14-year-old--who was visiting Mississippi from Chicago--finally ending his life by attaching an industrial fan to his neck with barbed wire and shoving him into the Tallahatchie River. Why did the men commit this barbaric crime? Because Emmett Till supposedly whistled at one of their wives.

In the segregated South, flirting with a white woman was a dangerous move for a black male to make. Evidently, some things haven't changed. In Millry, Ala., a white father has sparked controversy after allegedly threatening to kill a black boy who befriended his daughter.

"He said that if any contact was made to his daughter that he would kill him and his black friends," Latisha Mitchell, stepmother of the boy in question, told Local 15 News.

The man reportedly made the threat after storming into the school gym where the boy has basketball practice. Now, there's a full-on scandal in this small Alabama town. After all, the incident took place as the nation recovers from the Arizona shooting last month that left six dead. Moreover, the parent made the threat simply because the boy is black, and his daughter is white.

The threat of racial violence has reopened old wounds in Millry. Parents in the community have gathered to talk things over, and the local chapter of the NAACP has addressed the incident as well. Some community members are holding their tongues, however, because of rumors that the Ku Klux Klan plans to retaliate against those who've spoken out about the incident, Local 15 News reports.

"There's a lot of people backing down because they're scared of what's gonna happen," a woman named Vanessa Wimble said at the community meeting.

But Latisha Mitchell isn't backing down. She wants justice for her stepson. While the school has banned the father of the student from visiting campus, Mitchell wants the police to get involved in the matter as well.

"If a black male stepped on campus and made that threat, other action would have been taken; it's just a matter of being fair," she said.

While the man should be disciplined for threatening to kill a minor, he should also receive counseling. A person who's racist enough to threaten murder likely needs mental help. If counseling's not an option, the community should consider organizing a forum to break down concerns about interracial relationships. For the record, Mitchell says that her stepson and the man's daughter are just friends. What's wrong with that? And if the relationship grew into something more, what's the problem with that?

The reasons why people oppose interracial relationships have long been debunked. We know that biracial children aren't tragic. One grew up to become president, after all. We also know that from a scientific standpoint, there's virtually no difference between blacks and whites.

Leading this man into an argument about race may not be the way to go, though. Perhaps the community should appeal to his paternal instincts and ask him to imagine how that young boy felt having an adult storm onto campus and threaten his life. Let's ask this man to imagine how the boy's parents and the entire community of Millry would feel if he were indeed killed for talking to a white girl.

Fifty-six years ago, Americans gasped in horror when the image of Emmett Till, grotesquely disfigured in an open casket, appeared in newspapers. Then, both blacks and non-blacks wondered how grown men could so viciously brutalize a young boy. The father who threatened Latisha Mitchell's stepson may have no idea who Emmett Till was or why his murder remains one of the most shocking moments in American history. Before he threatens the life of another black boy for talking to his daughter, someone best clue him in.

Comments

February 6, 2011 at 10:51 am
(1) Robert says:

Hi…

(1) no adult should ever threaten a child…
(2) If the adult had been an african american male and the child had been while, he would be in jail.
(3) the police should act accordingly
(4) there are most likely mental health issues involved.
(5) a mental health assessment and a restraining order need to be made.

but I also don’t feel as if I have all the facts….

(1) the ages of the youth involved… he is described as a boy… is he 12? 15? 17?…. is she 12? 15? 17?
(2) how do we “know” race was the only factor? what if the boy was 17 and the girl 12.
(3) I looked Millry Alabama up in wikipedia… it is a very small town… in 2000, there were 615 people, 262 households, and 175 families residing in the town. Only 27.1% of the households had children under the age of 18 living with them.
(4) where are your sources, I only found one other reference to this on the internet.

I have lots of questions…. Do the families know each other, what are their reputations, is there any relevant history or information… Do the guys on the basketball team have the “rep” of banging as many girls as possible… and the father does not want his daughter to the next notch on their bed post. (the jocks (of all skin tones) in my HS and many HSs are often known as “dogs” because they act like they are in heat 24/7.)

the one thing I know about the internet is that it gets information around the world quickly… but that includes “fox” news…

February 6, 2011 at 10:52 am
(2) Robert says:

Part 2 of my comment….

the other thing I have learnt is that it is not all the information all the time… it is usually edited, often incorrect and (given the state of journalism) usually incomplete or slanted…

so I do have a criticism… before amplifying a story by linking it to the death of Emmett Till… get more information or just the basic facts like the age of the “boys and girls” involved… (maybe try calling the millry police or the local library or the local chapter of the NAACP or the local hospital) and then make the determination that it is solely based on race…

Robert

February 6, 2011 at 2:44 pm
(3) Nadra says:

Robert, thanks for your thoughtful feedback. Throughout the piece, I use the term “reportedly” to show that I’m basing information off of local news reports about the situation. According to these reports, the father’s threats were race-based. He reportedly threatened one black boy in particular and all black boys in general. I don’t think parents at the school and the NAACP would’ve got involved if this was about a father who threatened a black kid with bad character to stay away from his daughter. I’m also not sure the school would’ve banned the father for threatening one student, as opposed to all male students from a certain race. Also, I’m referring to the students as boys because they are minors. One report says that the girl in question is 12, so I doubt that the boy she befriended is 17, considering they attend the same school.

February 6, 2011 at 9:13 pm
(4) Robert says:

Sorry Narda… but facts are facts… and you don’t have them.

you are assuming… and hopefully you know what they say about people who ass-u-me…

but as a blogger all that you have to do is assume… luckily you are not pretending to be a journalist….

also

I come from a small town in which the Jr. HS and the HS were combined… so yes the 12 yr olds and the 17 yr old were in the same building… (different wings) and we had a larger population than millry alabama… But you made another assumption and thought it a fact….

Lastly

Here is a link to the local story…
http://www.local15tv.com/mostpopular/story/Racial-Tension-Erupts-in-Small-Alabama-Town/Ch9rkBT4XESdp6FpswHyPw.cspx

here is my Fav comment from Jackson 5 on the story…

Millry is Smalltown Anywhere, U.S.A. Millry is mutual respect for everyone who works hard, raises their children to respect their elders, and abides by the law. Millry is black and white kids who go to school together everyday and get along just fine. Millry is kids who resolve their differences just fine without interference from adults. Millry is people who never do anything constructive belittling those who try to improve the school and town. Millry is 16 year old boys who have one thing on their mind and have no business associating with 12 year old girls, white or black. Millry is white fathers who don’t want their teenage daughters to date black boys. Millry is black ministers who deliver anti-white messages on Sunday mornings. Millry is grown men who have the fortitude to resolve their problems without the aid of organizations and television reporters. Millry is the NAACP representative being a criminal.Millry is a small group of ignorant people who try to create animosity on internet message boards. Millry has good and bad, but I challenge you to show me a small town that doesn’t

February 6, 2011 at 9:49 pm
(5) SpecialFXLady says:

Ms. Nittle – thank you for posting this. I am appalled that people continue to remain uninformed regarding the racism that STILL exists in this country.

I’ve met a lot of people here on the west coast that want to try and tell me that racism isn’t an issue anymore. I will from here on out invite them to take a look at this blog and the comments…

February 6, 2011 at 11:33 pm
(6) robert says:

what worries me is that no adult should be congratulated for behaving like a 11 yr old… and that was how the father ws acting… like an child…

it saddens me that anyone would cheer or say he is Father of the Year… for threatening to kill a minor…

he isn’t a hero…

he is a bully…

and he should have his behind legally slapped and hard…

and if he were african american… the law would have already had his ass in jail…

I am white, but I am not blind… nor stupid…

robert

February 7, 2011 at 2:43 pm
(7) anonymous says:

This hits so close to home for me. While in high school back in the 70′s I fell head over heels for one of the nicest young men in the school. We were very much in love. Unfortunately, I am white and he is black. My parents forbid me to continue the relationship. I was heartbroken and devastated when they told me that. I never really forgave them for it. And never really got over it either.

I found out recently that after he graduated from college he again tried to reach me and my parents hid his letters, and never bothered to tell me that he was looking for me.

To this day I have very little to do with my family. I will never forgive them for the betrayal I felt when they broke us up in the 70′s and again when I found out about their lies. I live several states away from them and go home as little as I can.

Parents, think long and hard about this issue. Like me, your children could grow up to hate their parents for it.

February 7, 2011 at 3:58 pm
(8) Tom Head says:

Y’know, I find it ironic, reading this thread, that the people most vocally concerned about diluting median white IQ tend to be the same people who are doing a fantastic job of it all by themselves.

(Oh, and to any innocent bystanders who think the der-master-race bullscheit actually has some basis in reality: Google “flynn effect,” then laugh and point. There is no legitimate biological basis for any racial hierarchy of intelligence, period.)

February 7, 2011 at 4:52 pm
(9) Lebangkokk says:

I would comment more..but it seems that you have awful lot of stormfront and supremist here commenting, and i think that is these types that need to be confronted and wiped out, so the “best” can make this country what it SHOULD have been without the histories from these types. If not, then i say do the right thing and lets “get in on”!

Race war anyone?;-)

February 7, 2011 at 5:12 pm
(10) Nadra says:

I’m leaving this comment to note that several comments in this thread have been deleted. The Race Relations site is a place to dialogue about race but not to promote racism. Any comments that are white supremacist in nature or have nothing to do with the topic at hand will be deleted.

February 7, 2011 at 7:15 pm
(11) robert says:

Earl,

It is racist to think about preserving the purity your own race and gene pool.

It is racist to think that a gene pool will be tainted by having mixed raced children.

It is racist to think that mixed children and grandchildren won’t look like you.

I am white and I know what racism is… and those are racist thoughts and words…

February 8, 2011 at 2:31 am
(12) Lsrry says:

Nadra, your article is well written and I share your thoughts. However I found some of the responders’ comments as “laughable” because their arguments appeared to me as psychopathic in nature. They need help to understand what racism is all about they just believed that America is for whites only.These kids who are friends see no color barriers in their friendships while the father believes his only weapon to break the relationships is to threaten the black boy. To those kids all the furos and threats from the white’s girl father may appear as illussion to them because they will be appauled with the father’s action and continue to ask themselves what is wrong with our society and what have they done wrong as innocents kids. The boy is lucky in the sense that the father came out loud to say his intended action that shows me or tells me that, he is a little sane and have some sanity in him realizing that if he kills he will be jailed perhaps for life and the girl he is trying to “protect” may never have access to him. I will assume he thought over his action of crying out loudly very wisely to avoid greater punishments. I will agree with the stepmother of the boy if the father had been a black man threatening a white boy’s life the police must have knocked on his door for his arrest. Racism is part of our lives and will remain in our midst for a very long time think of the Tea Party Movement and their campaigns of hatreds who believes we blacks cannot do it right and Mr. President is doing better and beyond their expectations. The boy should be very careful and kudos to the school who put restraint order on the father. To the KKK they need more education as the world turns! We do not need another episode of Arizona, hate is not the answer black or white we are one of same blood. We all orignated from the same/ one source as both Qur’an and Bible stated Adam and Eva, this also has been scientifically proved. Folks stop racism and hatred but integrate!

February 8, 2011 at 9:26 am
(13) Dj says:

This post will be in multiple parts because I mave much to say about this incident.

For some strange reason, I’d say that i’m somewhat obsessed with American racism/racial hatred, I visit Stormfront at least once daily because i’m very curious and concerned about the psyche of the average white man. I notice that they are increasingly applying victim status to themselves collectively and I wonder what that is all about.

They also wallow deeply in conspiracy theories. The number one being that Jews influence the thinking of the masses, “sheeple” they call them.

They get extremely upset at commercials with Black people in them and off the radar if there is a Black man, white woman pairing in the commercial, tell me, it that the thinking and behavior of a rational man?

February 8, 2011 at 9:28 am
(14) dJ says:

They also deny that jews are white and direct a large amount of vitriolic hatred towards them, even moreso than they do to Black people (talk about self hatred, I thought Black men had that one locked) whom they constantly refer to as inferior to themselves. Blacks are refered to as apes, coons, monkeys and relegated to “it” rather than human terms, but we know who the true hue-mans are.

When we excel in our careers and improve our lives, we become, to them, affirmative action hires, we can’t win with their kind calling the shots, they hate even black success. Let’s work to make sure that white nationalists never get a hold of Americas destiny.

I am also keenly aware of their history in our world and know that people are to be judged on an individual basis; but not lose sight of a white male phenomenon known as mob mentality. see the movie “Gangs of New York”; and learn about lynching.

February 8, 2011 at 9:29 am
(15) dJ says:

If it weren’t for the passage of certain rules and laws these kind of whites men would still be summarely linching n*****s for simple s**t because they are just belligerent buffoons.

They like to tout their “intelligence”, just how intelligent are they?, once that suit and tie goes on; we all see them as some kind of uber man, but know this they are the same imbiciles that are seen drukn and stupid in local bars. They project a good strong image with their outward appearance but that’s it, most are of very low moral character.

I can state factually, that while attending college in New Paltz New York, I observed white males playing with actual human sh*t, running it through a common area in a shoe box out of which a large piece fell exposing them. I ask you, what intelligent man behaves that way? I have never observed Black men playing with that.

I go to Stormfront to read their rants and opinions to try to understand what makes them the way they are. I can’t figure them out, and they hate our guts, I’m a Black man and I think, thus I believe i’m intelligent. When categorized by racism, I become very concerned.

I’d like to make it clear that I do not hate white men as much as I pity them. I see the majority of them as equally men as I see myself, only seperated by economic and perceived social barriers.

February 8, 2011 at 10:24 am
(16) Dj says:

Earl Turner, you try to come across as a rational well spoken man but your coherent sentences are just a disguise shadowing your seething just below the surface hatred. We all make typos on the net, but that’s what you and those like you use to insult others and thus overshadow your inherent weakness as real men. I would think that superior people would try to impart good things to others rather than insult and hate. Watch Oprah today and learn about the true nature of your mankind.

February 8, 2011 at 11:56 am
(17) Dj says:

I see that this thread has slowed to less than a crawl but i’m not done, there needs to be an outcry against this kind of thinking that stormfront members espouse. This will eventually lead to tragedy in your town, sooner or later.

Their free expression of hatred is sanctioned by their so called “free speech”. That is written in the constitution of America, there should have been provisions written against hate speech; it’s damaging to tolerant whites, who are fair minded and denounce hatred and it spreads easily among young unsaturated minds. Some really believe.

There is bound to be a great urge for some to believe that their cause is righteous and are bound to act. They’ll be quelled but not before causing great damage to life and property.

February 8, 2011 at 3:38 pm
(18) SNOOKS says:

frankly someone should show him a picture of EMMETT TILL TO SHOW HIM THE END RESULT OF RACISM AND BIGOTRY

February 10, 2011 at 12:24 pm
(19) Tom says:

Alrighty…I guess I have to say something. I’m a white man…married to an African-American woman. I’m from a small town and live in a decent sized city in NY now. The only, I repeat, ONLY evidence of racism that either of us has seen is from the black community. Neither the small towns or the city people that we know that are white have any issues at all with our inter-racial marraige. We get evil, hate filled, stares full of disdain from some African-Americans…not all though. So…on to my point…Even though this all is true, I don’t assume that all white folks accept us and I don’t assume that all African-Americans don’t accept us. I assume that we will always run into folks that have problems in every aspect of life…not just our racial situation. Some folks don’t like us because we are thin…because we have money…because we have a house and nice things. Some folks like us for the same reasons. I don’t need to go out to the internet to find people to hate. I don’t need to go out to websites full of idiots espousing ideals that are ignorant just to fuel something inside of me. When you go a website that is fueled by hatred and then assume that all whites are the same way…you look at my wife and I with disdain. Grow up. Get a life. If you go read about some small tiny human being in some remote area that over reacted and expressed himself horribly and then look down your nose at the rest of us because of it then you are NO BETTER! Let me repeat that….you are NO BETTER if you treat my wife badly because she married a white man. You are NO BETTER if you look at me with disdain because I wear suits and ties and am married to her. There are idiots everywhere you turn. If you want to truly make a difference in life….be better than that yourself. God tells us to love one another. Not go out and justify hatred. Find ways to heal wounds, not keep reopening ones that may already be festering.

February 10, 2011 at 2:13 pm
(20) Min.Najee Shaka Muhammad says:

All Power To The People
Black Power
From the National Command Center of
The New Black Liberation Militia
In response to the Threats by White father to young Black Males in Millry Ala.

We are the 100%Black men that will take pride in being able to offer a wealth of information,and inspiration,to assist you in the help our people need in the times like this.

People what happen last week is a preview of wrost to come.
This is the reality:We are in for a fight on all levels,and we must prepare.
The New Black Liberation Militia stands as the resurrection of the BLA,the coldest Nortorious Black Militia groups in the hells of north Amerika!
As soon we talk with the family we will be in Millry,Ala for a town hallmeeting!

Your Bor.& Sevrant
National Commander
Min.Najee Muhammad

February 11, 2011 at 1:38 am
(21) robert says:

I have been thinking about racism… and all forms of hating the “other”. There seems to be a common thread to it all… racism, anti-semitism, homophobia, sexism, xenophobia… the de-humanization of one group by another. Every group appears to do it. White, Black, Hispanic, Arab, Jew, Christian, Muslim.. you name a group and they will have something de-humanizing to say about an other group….

But I have been wondering : What is its function? Why does it persist? What are the societal benefits? Does it promote group cohesion? Is it a tool used by the powerful to maintain power? Is it a tool by used by the powerless to gain power? Is it an instinctual part of us that is wary of the unknown? Is the “other” a place where we can project all of fears, hate, yuckiness? Does this protect our sense of specialness????

About 2 years ago, my ex-BF Jesse… joined a Christian Hipster Church in LA. When I knew him… he was a jewish, gay, existential, pagan… he was also very self-hating. He hated being Jewish. He hated being Gay… so he joined a Southern Baptist church and is now… what straight, white, Christian America tells him is the “RIGHT” thing to be… he is white, straight, Christian and part of cool click of hipster kids… and “saved” which means better than everyone else.

Is that what all this is really all about… racism, religion, nationalism, etc… is it all really just to create an illusion that we are “better” than them?

And where did all his self-hate go… it seems that he thrust it outwards… onto the gay community… as his minister (or self proclaimed “cultural architect”) has stated gays are as natural as “pigs eating their young”. Gays are the moral equivalent to cannibals and baby killers.

So I became his “other”.

So, this is how hate seems to work… this seems to be its “function”… it is layer of lies that protects fragile, small minded people and creates a simple illusion that they are some how better than other human beings.

February 11, 2011 at 7:01 am
(22) Bahati Arthur says:

We shld let God into our lives

February 11, 2011 at 10:34 am
(23) robert says:

letting god in our lives is good… I have god in my life…

but letting hate in our lives under the guise of “god”???? Or believing that you are better than anyone because your priest/ preacher /rabbi /imam says so???

I have found that there seem to be as many paths to god as there are people… each path… even those within an organized religion… is individual… it is about the individual’s relationship with God…

but if an individual is in a church that preaches hate… are they then not responsible for the hatred???

My mom is 78… she has been a good catholic all her life… and last year she left the catholic church and is now an episcopalian because she can no longer close her eyes to abuses of the church…

I don’t believe God hates… I believe people do… racism is one form of hatred… and there are many others… all are insidious… many are subtle… all seem to serve the same purpose… to make them better than the “other”, to make them “special”

BTW… I have actually “put my money were my mouth is” and have worked with the homeless in LA for almost 20 yrs…

February 11, 2011 at 12:44 pm
(24) Robert says:

I forgot one point….

If a person uses “hate” (racism, homophobia, ant-semetism, etc)… or allows it to be used and says/does nothing… they eventually become less than human.

Standing up against hatred in all of its forms… acts of courage… little and large… creates character… and alings us with our shared humanity…

February 21, 2011 at 8:01 pm
(25) George Down-Under says:

Robert I think you need to be commended on the substance of your comments, you go for the facts and strive to derive your opinions strictly from them.

Regarding your ex-BF, he’s kind of between a rock and a hard place. The bible is kind of clear on the message that you shall not lie down with another man as with a woman. His pastor/ “religious architect” does forget himself though when he preaches hate which Jesus strongly forbade.

People also tend to forget that pre-marital sex is just as bad, so is lying, stealing, cheating, desiring another man’s wife, desiring (sexually) a woman we’re not married to, not paying taxes. Before we can point fingers at any gay person we should first abstain from all these things.

Did Jesus not also say that before we remove the splinter from our brother’s eye we should take out the log from our own.

We should also express (brotherly/sisterly) love towards gays and lesbians otherwise we are no better than other sinners. This does not, however, mean we condone the practice of same gender sex.

If you can’t muster love towards somebody and all you can feel is hate then just walk away and let them be, hate is double-bladed knife, it hurts the one that feels/expresses it….

February 23, 2011 at 1:05 am
(26) Robert says:

Hi George…

Thanks for your comment…

I am not a christian… (I am caught some where between heathen and saint… working 20 yrs with the homeless and mentally ill is my claim to sainthood… and being gay and ok with it… is my claim to heathenism)… I have no problem with most christians or people of faith… I work with a number of them… but I do have a problem when they condemn me… and esp. when they have done very little to nothing to help anyone but themselves… very few christians have my track record of working with the poor and shunned…

I have chosen to be me… I have chosen to live an honest, loving and decent life… I could have easily chosen the path of my ex… but I don’t like to lie… so if there is a god… then let god judge me… but I will not be judged by fellow flawed human beings…

George again thanks… You are one of the people that give me hope for christians…

February 25, 2011 at 9:27 am
(27) Will says:

I am just wondering if you investigated this before you wrote it?
Are you aware that the girl is 12 and the boy 16?

The father did not know who the boy was that was involved.
Also no one was standing within ear shot when the father spoke to the young man who supposedly was threaten.

February 25, 2011 at 5:20 pm
(28) Nadra says:

According to local news reports, that’s not true. In the blog post, I provided links. The news reports said that the father threatened several black boys, not just one, so I’m not sure where you’re getting information.

March 3, 2011 at 11:16 am
(29) Robert says:

Hi Nadra…

Following your link, I listened to the video of the townhall meeting and at 1:05 (the video counts down not up)… a woman says “that if is were my 12 year old daughter”…. it is the only time in all the reporting that an “age” is mentioned… the written article makes no mention of either the boy’s or girl’s age…

So, where are you getting your information regarding the ages of these kids. Is there another link?

March 3, 2011 at 4:33 pm
(30) Nadra says:

Robert, I never said the kids’ ages in the blog post. In a comment in which I was replying to you, I wrote: “One report says that the girl in question is 12, so I doubt that the boy she befriended is 17, considering they attend the same school.” The main thing is that they are minors, and an adult should not be threatening a minor’s life (or anyone else’s, for that matter.)

March 3, 2011 at 11:21 pm
(31) robert says:

Nadra…

In all of my responses, I never indicated that I agreed an adult should threaten a child… and I worked with homeless teen for 12 yrs and with very poor families for almost a decade… I have worked hard to protect kids from exploitation… I have put my money where my mouth is…

in the homeless teen shelter I ran for 3 yrs… I have (1) filed child abuse reports against 17 yr olds for having sex with a 12 yr old.. (both minors but the magic age is 14 not 12… 12 yr olds are not considered developed enough to be making these choices) and (2) point blank told 15, 16, 17 yrs old boys to stop targeting the 12 and 13 yr old girls (and boys)…

the father in question acting inappropriately… there is not question on this at all… but his anger over a 17 yr old texting his 12 yr old daughter… is different than if both were 12 or both 17.

you base it on race… I don’t have all the facts.

also your statement “so I doubt that the boy she befriended is 17″ is naive… because it is usually the 17 yr old that is doing the “befriending not the “12 yr old”…

the question is… would you want a 17 yr old (or 16 or 15yr old) texting your 12 yr old…

again is it a question of race or age?

April 14, 2011 at 5:14 pm
(32) Karl LaForce says:

Nadra said:
“I’m leaving this comment to note that several comments in this thread have been deleted. The Race Relations site is a place to dialogue about race but not to promote racism. Any comments that are white supremacist in nature or have nothing to do with the topic at hand will be deleted.”

I noticed that none of the pro-black racist comments were removed. Interesting.

Did Nadra mean ‘no pro white racism’?

June 11, 2011 at 9:29 am
(33) Bob says:

White kids are threatened every day at schools around the country. Gang raped, mugged, beaten. I never hear much about anyone being concerned for them. It is hard to feel bad about this kid being threatened with violence when White kids actually get the violence. Look up crime stats, hypocrites, see the truth about who commits the most hate crimes; I’ll give you a hint, it is not White people.

September 6, 2011 at 5:03 am
(34) JO says:

As anthropologist I’m somewhat disturbed that the author, while correctly noting that science does not accept ‘race’, nonetheless notes in the opening paragraphs that a genetic mutation led to a change in humans as they moved into Europe leading to the so-called ‘White’ race.

This is wildly exagerating the findings. Genetic mutations occur in species as a whole and happen regularly; they are not one-time events. The ‘Vitamin D’ hypothesis as it is known has been accepted for some time.

Further, various groups from North Africa, the Middle East, Central, Northern and Eastern Asia also benefitted from genetic mutations allowing them to survive in climates outside farther from the equartor. This is not a ‘White’ gene but a mutation that many disparate groups share — Europeans are but a small minority.

October 10, 2011 at 1:06 pm
(35) Millry Native says:

I grew up in Millry in the 50′s and 60′s so I know this town. I still go back from time to time and have a pretty fair idea of what goes on there. A town with a lot of racial tension is not how I would describe it at all. Have you considered the possibility that this is an isolated incident and not representative of the population as a whole, certainly you are over-sensationalizing the situation by comparing it to the killing of Emmett Till. I was going to high school in Millry in the 60′s when integration started and there was some tension and a few incidents at the beginning, but then things settled down and we were just classmates and teammates. This is not to say there weren’t some problems, it is just to say that life became routine at the schools. And I know there are still some people that are prejudiced and judge folks initially by the color of their skin, but later more by the content of their character although there are those that never get past the skin thing. All I am saying is that it is not necessary or justified to use this incident to make judgements about the town of Millry. I don’t know the whole story, but it is either a stupid redneck blinded by hateful prejudice or an overprotective father thinking he is looking out for the safety of his child….or it could be a little of both.

November 14, 2011 at 8:04 am
(36) Natasha says:

Ask yourself why is it mostly whites who act that way? I believe in living peacefully among a diverse nation but dating anyone white I am against although I don’t judge those who do. We are only the same in the sense that we are both living beings and function and reproduce the same. Why would any black man or. woman want to marry a long time enemy. Looking at the historical horrific past and coming from black parents I don’t understand. We can be friends but not lovers. Mixed children are a little off psychologically. Historically whites have been trying to exterminate blacks from the African holocaust to the present day chaos happening in Africa where dark skin Africans are being targeted and killed by the Semites (the Arabs who are of a mixed race. we should not be laying with or having children with them.

December 12, 2011 at 3:03 pm
(37) Terrence Haynes says:

2011 and nothing has changed. Equality and respect for black men of all ages is a facade that is overly embellished in the media. We are as black men and women equal when it comes to spending our money on superficial materials like cloths and cars but the reality is we have not moved to far from jimcrow or segregation at all.

February 20, 2012 at 5:37 am
(38) actrin says:

this idiot just said that mixed children are off.. YOUR AN IDIOT..

you know how many mixed black whites I KNOW?!

January 10, 2013 at 4:10 pm
(39) Minibus says:

Race is a reality,and wwill always be,taking an example of black-white-indians(not the only one):,jamaica,almost all caribbean isles,haiti,are hard remembrances of race war eventually supremacy in few hundred years only,former white dominance territories that experienced wars and eventually turned into a race dominance(that cases on black favor) there is nothing wrong that one group keep apart another as long as it can,eventally one group turn to over run and bullied the another…its just a question of time,lets not close the eyes to that reallity,if a proportion of us populations were similar to queens NY or louisiana…there must be a war of some type….a new jamaica or haiti revolution
Racism will always amoung us as along as we are different,because racism esencially is a SEXUAL social tendency of PREFERENCE…and it will always create pressure on the other groups,and such pressure,a counter-pressure
The “white” race eventaully rise up amoung black europeans 50000years ago in a single mutant individual,and unfortunatly for such community,religious authorities of that time may give up huge benefits to the new mutant and it generated a “boom” ,similar to mentalist jesuss of galilea and his followers that rise up eventually a wide spread new “religion”,so why tell the mormon leader Joseph Smith a ganster if he assure Jesus visited Nicaragua and founded the town too?!
The solution were to kill the white mutant,..and problem solved… But i’ll tellu for sure:other fenotypes will turn to be and made the difference amd the race split…just this case not the skin lighter mutants :)

February 2, 2013 at 6:06 pm
(40) kathryn says:

I was born and raised in Louisiana. and never wished to live again ever in the south. If anyone in the south think that the KLAN is dead, they are living under a rock. Parents OF YOUNG BLACK MEN,should explain to THEM, what has happened in the past to black men and about racism . There’s no differerence now in 2013 than it was in 1950. Look at cities in the south,that schools were intergrated, Now most of those cities are predominantly black.. The whites have built schools in the woods and called them Acadamies and no blacks attend.. I would have rather died and gone to hell than to have raised and educated my 4 kids in the South. They attended Princeton, UCLA, Iowa State and Spartan in Tulsa. They would not have gotten a good education in Louisiana. You want the best for your kids. The Klan is every where but
don’t exercise your threats in the west.

May 18, 2013 at 12:11 am
(41) realistic mom says:

this is much ado about nothing. the girl was young the boy was much older. the father was wrong in the way he handled it with his ingnorance but i assure u there is just as much “waiting to get whitey” in the black community. I’m sick of you people doing everything u can to make it worse instead of working to make it right. East to waller in ingnorance and hate. Your article only fuels the fire. And that KKK crap……… i don’t care what u hear. FALSE…….get your facts straight on work on fixing the problem not making it worse……..

October 21, 2013 at 11:52 pm
(42) TheTruth says:

It is obvious this guy does not care about humans, only those that look like him. What some needs to ask him is, “What if multiple family members of yours adopted black children from Canada, Austrilia, and The United Kingdom?What would you do to those family members of yours?”

This would really get that lunatic thinking.

November 28, 2013 at 7:12 am
(43) wayne says:

dont blame dad

February 18, 2014 at 6:40 pm
(44) Peter says:

Noone obviously should harm anyone. But the reality is not everyone whats to be black or brown.
Why is it the USA government only has statistics on black men raping white women and no statistics on white men raping black women?

March 6, 2014 at 4:35 pm
(45) right says:

Get a clue ugly black whore

March 6, 2014 at 4:36 pm
(46) right says:

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March 6, 2014 at 4:43 pm
(47) right says:

Why do blacks have highest crime rate

March 6, 2014 at 4:43 pm
(48) right says:

Why do blacks have highest crime rate .n

March 6, 2014 at 4:51 pm
(49) right says:

Baby shot dead in stroller; 2 teens charged black scum

March 6, 2014 at 4:53 pm
(50) right says:

Baby shot dead in stroller; 2 teens charged black scum.

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