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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
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317 comments

  • Michael L.
    18 hours

    If you want to preach make sure you preach truth and b factual

  • Mary L.
    18 hours

    Yes, the bigotry has remained in some, and their spawn, untill this day. They're coming out of the closet now that they think the present administration supports them.

  • Jill S.
    19 hours

    We are all one race, the human race, I hate the colour of your skin or where you come from is the label this world thinks it’s ok to give ☹️

  • Gibran A.
    19 hours

    So Bad can’t believe this is happening so sad God bless the innocent who died and hope the bAd people rot in hell

  • Mik D.
    20 hours

    xx

  • Geoff L.
    20 hours

    That's is so wrong poor young fella

  • Angenette G.
    21 hours

    LORD HAVE MERCY

  • Carrie S.
    a day

    Dear God what a horrible story and to me unproven may they all rest in peace

  • James K.
    a day

    Never forgive these racist people, police, jury, and state prosecutors of that time. Find their families and decendants living now and give them the same treatment. The sons must pay for the sins of their fathers. They must be given no mercy, just like their racist fathers gave that innocent black boy none. Kharma must happen to rebalanced nature.

  • Corby C.
    a day

    Omg wots wrong wit society??

  • Shermine N.
    a day

    This is sad and am so angry

  • Gwendolyn B.
    a day

    Remember God took the sting out of death

  • Gwendolyn B.
    a day

    GOD sees everything

  • Dorothea P.
    a day

    I can't

  • Laura J.
    a day

    That's how it was back in those days so now why we killing our own is that fair or just evil in the land.

  • Olatasi I.
    a day

    I hope they're bigoted and racist sins shall be forgiven when it's judgement day😐

  • Deniz T.
    2 days

    America is the racist country I know.

  • Mario B.
    2 days

    As today still is a vaguest fixed Legal System. Now I Understand why THE America System goes behind of the Poor Nation to use them as they are wishing.

  • Terry R.
    2 days

    Don't care!

  • Karen S.
    2 days

    So wrong on so many levels so messed up