Remembering an era when racial terror prevented witnesses from coming forward

A newspaper account of a white man under grand jury investigation in the death of a black man contains the following sentence:

Seven or eight ….eyewitnesses have provided testimony consistent with Wilson’s account, but none of them have spoken publicly out of fear for their safety…

This has to be from a Southern newspaper, Mississippi perhaps, regarding a killing in the 1950s or 1960s, right?  After all, that was the era when racial terror made witnesses with information about a white man killing a black man afraid to come forward and speak publicly, right? The witnesses were probably afraid that if they gave testimony that would convict the white man they might be visited by the Klu Klux Klan, right?

No, that sentence is from today’s Washington Post and it’s about the grand jury investigation of Ferguson, MO police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting of Michael Brown.  The witnesses are all black and they are afraid to speak publicly about what they saw not because their testimony will prove Wilson is guilty of homicide, but because their testimony tends to show that Officer Wilson acted properly when Brown attacked him and placed him in mortal danger.

Now, who is responsible for this racial terror?  Bull Connor is long gone from the scene and there are none like him around anymore.  The Klu Klux Klan exists today only in micro form and it has no power to credibly threaten anyone. There’s just Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, and a few hundred thousand of their black followers and a few more hundred thousand white liberals playing this race card to intimidate witnesses.

By the way and just for the record, Bull Connor was a Democrat.

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