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The youngest child executed in America

Two girls walked off into the woods and never came back. A 14-year-old black boy was executed for their murder three months later. This is the story of George Stinney Jr.

Given a trial that only lasted two and a half hours

On March 22, 1944, two little girls in Alcolu, South Carolina left home looking for flowers. When they turned up dead the next morning, people in the town quickly had a scapegoat in mind. Alcolu, like most towns in the South during the 1940s, was segregated and had deep racial tension. 14-year-old Stinney was arrested. Officers said he confessed to the murder of 7-year-old Mary Thames, and the rape and murder of 11-year-old Betty Binnicker. An all-white jury convicted him of 2 counts of first-degree murder.

Rushed into the system

“They deliberated for 10 minutes. And then on June 16, 1944, they executed them. This stuff is still happening. It didn't just happen in 1944, this didn't just happen with Emmett Till and, you know, and Medgar Evers then and all these others that this is still happening today. There is a pattern of systematic injustice that is going on has been going on in this country and has been hidden for a long, long time. So, the hope is in telling the story that we can we can we can kind of introduce the reality of it is we've been hiding as a country behind it for a long time,” Ray Brown, Jr -- filmmaker, 83 Days tells Brut.

Stinney is the youngest American to be executed by the state

Activists allege that he was railroaded by authorities. His conviction was overturned by a federal judge — in 2014. Since 1973, more than 165 people wrongfully sentenced to death have been exonerated. Over half have been black according to the DPIC. Brown says the recent killings of black teens like Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Tamir Rice indicate that 75 years later the criminal justice system is still not addressing the concerns of minorities.

Brut.

01/06/2020 12:57 PM

1908 comments

  • Happa K.
    06/16/2021 22:14

    This is an ounce of the cruelties my people survived for over 500 yrs

  • Reginald R.
    06/15/2021 21:57

    .

  • Reginald R.
    06/15/2021 21:56

    Praying for there souls

  • Jacqueline C.
    05/06/2021 16:06

    That is the truth it is still happening today with people in high positions in high-profile people but I've never seen God not pay the people they're just do that has done his children and people wrong they know they wrong they sit there proudly and know they are wrong but God said Revenge is mine saith the Lord so they're going to get what's coming to them ask me how I know and I will tell you my God said so

  • Zoe M.
    04/23/2021 10:46

    😢

  • Rebekah '.
    03/04/2021 12:22

    Is this where the story of the Green Mile came from. The man was child like to represent the child that was murdered by the state 🤔🤔

  • Sam R.
    03/03/2021 04:21

    They didn't exicute him, they murder George

  • Priscilla B.
    03/02/2021 16:12

    What the name of this move

  • Lati A.
    02/27/2021 11:11

    Hmm,this life!

  • Maureen L.
    02/26/2021 19:20

    This hurts every single time. So sad for this Child. What a disgrace!!!!!!

  • Beth D.
    02/26/2021 11:18

    Unbearably sad and cruel 😰😡

  • Shelly J.
    02/26/2021 01:11

    FTP that poor soul.

  • Sarah P.
    02/22/2021 18:27

    They execute children in mothers everyday

  • Nino D.
    02/21/2021 17:57

    even if he was not innocent executing a child is still wrong.I hope he is in heaven 💔

  • Chrissy D.
    02/20/2021 05:02

    Heartbreaking

  • Gloria W.
    02/19/2021 19:04

    Black children are considered little adults even today...makes it easier to kill our children or pull guns on them or mace them

  • Sunuia K.
    02/19/2021 16:34

    So sad. Innocent until proven guilty. For everyone.

  • Kalifa L.
    02/19/2021 14:15

    Black people need to get out of the racist redkneck America

  • Jo G.
    02/19/2021 09:06

    Shameful America..... unfortunately we are still seeing a version of this even today.... it’s time for real change. So sad.

  • CeCe J.
    02/19/2021 07:12

    heartbreaking

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