Thursday, January 25, 2007

Persistence

This one got to me:
A white former sheriff's deputy who was once thought to be dead was arrested on federal charges Wednesday in one of the last major unsolved crimes of the civil rights era - the 1964 killings of two black men [Charles Eddie Moore and Henry Hezekiah Dee] who were beaten and dumped alive into the Mississippi River.
I always feel a sense of "Good, but, damn, he already got to live his life!"

But then, this makes me remember that justice is not measured in how many years someone spends in jail:
"I've been crying. First time I've cried in about 50 years," Moore's 63-year-old brother, Thomas, said after the arrest. "It's not going to bring his life back. But some way or another, I think he would be satisfied."

Dee's sister, Thelma Collins, told The Associated Press through grateful sobs: "I never thought I would live to see it, no sir, I never did. I always prayed that justice would be done - somehow, some way."

2 comments:

ChasingMoksha said...

I read that whole story. I know some dismiss it as a place in time, but I just cannot imagine how someone can target someone or someone of a group of someones and just focus so much hate and rage. It is amazing. He did not live his life unless he is an amoral monster. Which he probably is and I am glad they finally got his ass. He should had turned himself in long time ago. Beast.

luisa said...

"the wheels of justice are slow but they grind exceedingly fine."

or something like that. (i am not one to quote the bible but i felt it was appropriate).

yeah, i read the story as well. and i hate how BBC wrote about it--as if racist values are of the past. when they didn't even arrest the other guy involved. and what about the police involved in the coverup??

grrrr.

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