Wednesday, January 2, 2013

North Carolina Governor Beverly Perdue Pardons "Wilmington 10" Forty Years After Trial

Nine Black Men, One White Woman Pardon By North Carolina Governor

The infamous "Wilmington 10",  a group of 1972-era civil rights activists who were wrongly convicted of fire-bombing a grocery store, were recently pardoned by North Carolina Governor Beverly Perdue.  Perdue stated "Justice demands that this stain finally be removed."

Perdue was referring to new evidence that the group had been the target of a prosecutor who was clearly racially-biased.  The prosecutor knew his star witness was lying on the stand, and even went so far as to identify jurors as Klu Klux Klan members whom he could place on the jury.

That prosecutor, Jay Stroud, searched out black jurors who fit the definition of "Uncle Toms"  so that he could place them on the jury to further manipulate the outcome of the trial.

Recently discovered notes written by Stroud revealed that one juror was excused because she "associated with Negroes."  It is important to note that at the time of the trial, North Carolina had the largest contingent of Klu Klux Klan membership in the United States.

The next question to be answered is whether North Carolina should provide reparations to the members of the "Wilmington 10."

What do you think?

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