They Must Learn – CSD’s Museum Tour: Florida’s Groveland Four

Photo taken at the The Orange County Regional History Center

Photo taken at the The Orange County Regional History Center – CSD Museum Trip

Our family makes numerous trips to various museums as part of our homeschool teaching. The lessons we learn, often about history, truly teach as that as Soloman wisely said,

New Living Translation
Ecc. 1:9 – History merely repeats itself. It has all been done before. Nothing under the sun is truly new.

From “A Southern Sheriff’s Law and Disorder”, author John Hill writes:

“His big break came in 1949. In July, a white farm bride claimed she was abducted and raped by four black men in the backwoods town of Groveland. McCall quickly arrested Sam Shepherd and Walter Irvin, who had been pals in the Army. The two had refused to work in the groves. Shepherd’s family also had angered many whites for making a success of a small family farm, thus improving their standing within the black community. McCall saw the chance to take this “uppity” black man down a peg. By charging Shepherd with rape, the sheriff would solve two problems at once.

Photo said to have been taken minutes after McCall claimed to have been attacked.

Photo said to have been taken minutes after McCall claimed to have been attacked by Shepherd and Irvin.

McCall’s deputies beat the men and did little to stop the rioting that continued for days after the arrests. Shepherd and Irvin were convicted and sentenced to death. (A third defendant received life in prison; a fourth was pursued, shot and killed by a posse.) In April 1951, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the death sentences, blaming McCall for ruining the prospects of a fair trial. In November, as he was transporting the prisoners for retrial, McCall shot Shepherd and Irvin on a dark and deserted country road, claiming the manacled prisoners tried to jump him and escape. Irvin survived and told a different story — that McCall shot in cold blood.

McCall’s act drew sharp condemnation around the world. Hundreds of telegrams poured into the White House each day, urging his arrest and pleading for intervention by the federal courts. Soviet diplomat Andrei Vishinsky cited McCall as proof of America’s hypocrisy in calling for human rights abroad. “Willis,” the local prosecutor reportedly told him, “you have (peed) in my whiskey.”


Groveland Four

Let Us Now Talk About Black-On-Black Crime…You Can Internalize That “Theory” In Your House, But I Will Not In My House

So what about so-called black-on-black crime? I wish I didn’t have to address this publicly, as no other people group stones their own the way black folks do. But in our Twitter-attention span, I hope some of you will take the time to check out this podcast Tariq Nasheed (producer of documentary series Hidden Colors) outlines easy ways to refute this senseless argument, as it comes up every single time there appears to be a racially motivated incident in this country. Sadly, many of the black folks reading this now have said the same thing or let the statement be made to them uncontested.

I’m working on an essay that will expand this topic even further. But let me say now, if you are black and think you’re earning some kind of credit with the dominant-society by repeating the same old lie, I hope you’re ready for the consequences as well. You see, when we buy into yet another stereotype such as that, we are not only impacting your own destiny, but our children’s destiny as well. People of ALL SOCIETIES SIN AGAINST EACH OTHER! That’s why Christ is the answer for all! However, when have you ever heard of discussions taking place for white-on-white, Jew-on-Jew, Italian-on-Italian crime? You don’t, so does that mean these crimes do not take place? They do (please read Stephanie Cootz’s book, The Way We Never Were, for plenty of non-black “thug” and immoral statistics), and every people-group knows they take place, but they will not throw each other under the bus the way we do, those discussions take place within the community.

Secondly, in regards to justice, who dared to be considered unpatriotic asking about white-on-white terrorism after 9/11? Did anyone say, “Well, why are we having a “war on terror” and fighting other countries when we haven’t addressed all the terrorists (and violence that the US leads the world in) in this country? Are we having white-on-white terrorism discussions concerning all the mass shootings, especially amongst our most vulnerable, children in school? None of this was or is seriously discussed publicly, but we have been so quick to adopt black-on-black crime as some strange pathology.

BaartmanPlease, do your history homework. We don’t even know where to start because we’re raised in a system that never even mentions us, but millions of us magically appeared in this country via “immigration” and MLK in the history books. But take advantage of this medium called the internet, as so much knowledge is at our fingertips. Learn about how everything about you, from your physical attributes (e.g. Saartjie Baartman, the black penis, our musculature), your learning ability (how many of your kids have been diagnosed with ADD, ADHD, or Bipolar in school?) and our “good” and our “bad”, is considered a pathology and superhuman. Our children end up thinking the same way about themselves, as though they are dumber, more violent, hyper-sexual, another “race” of people. But Genesis 1:26 says:

Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”

and Acts 17:26,

“And He has made all nations of men of one blood to dwell on all the face of the earth, ordaining fore-appointed seasons and boundaries of their dwelling.”

Therefore sorry Christians (if you’re a non-Christian and believe in evolution, you may believe in Darwin’s theory that “blacks” are a different “race” and genetically inferior, more violent, etc. and that can be refuted easily as well).

That’s why Darren Wilson’s testimony, using “superpredator words” like “Hulk Hogan” and “demon”, should have raised red-flags in the black community. Instead, it raised some white sheets, with a whole lot of black folks looking like Dave Chappelle in his Black White Supremacists skit. I know no one that automatically assumed innocent or guilt on that police officer or Mike Brown, but once that “theory” was accepted as truth and fact, Lady Justice’s blindfold had just been ripped off her head.

“Lost” Stories of America – Legalized Race Riots Against Minorities

Today I’ve heard and read a few comments from people basically saying that the violence in Ferguson is representative of black people in general. That we all are violent, and therefore, it should be no surprise that police react to us in the way that they do. This is usually also delivered with a subtle cue that white people do not riot, and they certainly do not riot over racial issues.

Today we will debunk that lie. Rioting is no longer necessary by white society to exercise it’s social control and dominance. But historically, it has always been whites in this country that have rioted over racial issues, NOT black folks, when they felt justice was not served. 

Don’t believe me? Ask your parents or grandparents! Ask what the reaction was in the neighborhood when black kids started coming to their schools and churches. I’d love to hear the responses below.

1.) Little Rock – 1957: 

2.) Detroit Race Riot – 1943: 


3.) Omaha – 1919: 

4.) Texas – 1916: 

5.) Tulsa – 1921: 

6.) Chicago – 1919:

7.) Greenboro Sit-Ins:

8.) NJ – 1923: 

Those are just a few examples of rioting in this country, long before the ’60s race riots, Rodney King and now Ferguson. So if you hear someone yet again talking about “those people” in Ferguson, as if they are just a bunch of uncivilized savages, please share and ask, “So who do you think taught them to act in such a way?” or as my good friend would ask, “So what happened the day before?”

The answer is, the day before, parents, “good Christians”, college students, “hard-workers”, we out rioting, looting, killing, stealing and taking justice into their own hands when someone dared to move into their neighborhood, go to their schools, or break the Jim Crow color barrier.

However, one thing has remained the same, the dominant-society still escapes prosecution.

This only builds my faith in an eternal, all-knowing and all-seeing God that is also just.

Isaiah 61:8

For I the Lord love justice; I hate robbery and wrong; I will faithfully give them their recompense, and I will make an everlasting covenant with them.