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by Scott Ealy (Effingham, Illinois, USA)

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July 02: More Fitting For A Holiday

  

  

Image: FreeDigitalPhotos.net - (Liz Noffsinger)

  

  

What, to the American slave, is your 4th of July?  To him, your celebration is a sham; your boasted liberty, an unholy license; your national greatness, swelling vanity; your sounds of rejoicing are empty and heartless; your denunciation of tyrants, brass fronted impudence; your shouts of liberty and equality, hollow mockery; your prayers and hymns, your sermons and thanksgivings, with all your religious parade and solemnity, are, to him, mere bombast, fraud, deception, impiety, and hypocrisy — a thin veil to cover up crimes which would disgrace a nation of savages.  There is not a nation on the earth guilty of practices more shocking and bloody than are the people of the United States, at this very hour.

  

“The Meaning of July Fourth For The Negro,” Frederick Douglass (1852)

  

  

  

Scott:  I find it intellectually insulting – if not blasphemous – when Caucasian ministers suggest at this time of year that the morality of the “founding fathers” merited special blessing for our nation.

  

  

Do not say, ‘Why is it that the former days were better than these?’ For it is not from wisdom that you ask about this.

Ecclesiastes 7:10

  

  

In lieu of the Fourth of July, the Second of July seems more appropriate for a holiday celebration:  Civil rights leader (and World War II veteran) Medgar Evers was born on this date in 1925, and the USA’s most significant Civil Rights Act was signed into law on this date in 1964 . . . prompted in significant part by grief over the assassinations in 1963 of Evers and President John F. Kennedy.

In part, the Civil Right Act of 1964 provided that:

  

All persons shall be entitled to the full and equal enjoyment of the goods, services, facilities, and privileges, advantages, and accommodations of any place of public accommodation, as defined in this section, without discrimination or segregation on the ground of race, color, religion, or national origin.

  

  

  

Analysis:  “The Way It Is” – Bruce Hornsby and the Range (1986)

  

  

  

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It Happened On A Day (Night) Like This . . .

  

  

The Family Home of Medgar & Myrlie Evers in Jackson, Miss.

  

  

On this very night nearly half a century ago, a man whom I did not know willingly sacrificed his life for others in this driveway.  No man ever gave more for his fellow human beings than Medgar W. Evers.

To have been able to independently study the courageous civil rights work of Medgar Evers and walk the streets where he walked during my law school years has been one of the greatest privileges of my life.

  

  

(June 2008 Coverage)

  

(January 2009 Coverage)

  

  

(June 1963 Coverage)

  

  

 

  

Raw Tape:

  

Via the CBS Radio Network, I covered oral arguments before the Mississippi Supreme Court in 1992 on the issue of whether Byron de la Beckwith should be tried a third time for the 1963 murder of Medgar Evers.

[The recordings below may be of significant historical value].

 

  

   

   

News Link:  “Court Allows 3rd Trial …,” N.Y. Times (December 17, 1992).

  

  

As a law student, I declined a solicitation (through a college professor) to provide assistance to the Byron de la Beckwith defense team.  I later became involved with the NAACP’s Jackson Branch in publicly advocating that de la Beckwith be brought to trial.

  

 

My thoughts and words of gratitude in response to the Evers family’s heroism are wholly inadequate.

     

  

Scott Ealy

  

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June 11, 2010 at 12:10 am

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