12.19.2010

RIP: Frederick Jermaine Carter

Courtesy of my deeply depressed lil sis....

From Takia White:
...It was Friday, Dec. 3, and the call David Jordan received came from a local police officer, who told him that a young black man, later identified as 26-year-old Frederick Jermaine Carter, was found hanging from a tree in North Greenwood.

Upon his arrival in town, Jordan, who was born and raised in Leflore County, gained more details regarding the situation and quickly contacted the office of Daniel McMullen, Special Agent in Charge of the Jackson Division. McMullen’s staff informed him that agents had already been dispatched to the area and were working with the local sheriff’s department.

After spending 45 minutes at the scene, Jordan, who spoke with the Tri-State Defender on Wednesday (Dec. 15), had questions:

“How did he (Carter) hang himself from a limb eight feet off the ground?”

He also wondered how Carter was able to cut the nylon chord used. Authorities found the rest of the chord in Carter’s pocket.

“A lot of unanswered questions,” said Jordan.

At the sheriff’s department, Jordan met Carter’s mother, who was there joined by a host of family members.

“I showed her the pictures and she said, ‘My baby didn’t do that’ and started crying,” said Jordan, recalling the conversation. “She said, ‘He loved life too much.’”

According to reports, the Leflore County Coroner’s Office performed a preliminary autopsy and declared Carter’s death a suicide. Calls to the LeFlore County Sheriff’s Department had not been returned by press time.

Carter’s hanging death has garnered national attention, with those making inquiries including the NAACP, leaders from the Nation of Islam, the Rev. Al Sharpton of the National Action Network, and syndicated columnist Judge Greg Mathis.

“Most blacks don’t believe he hanged himself,” said Jordan. “There are some (people), of course, that say David Jordan is not a policeman (along with others) and they need to let the police do their job.”

Jordan said no one is hindering authorities from doing their jobs.

“Too much has happened in this area over the years to just treat this (as) business as usual,” said Jordan. “There’s gotta be some answers and we have not gotten answers.”

The “too much” Jordan refers to harkens back to1955 when the body of 14-year-old Emmett Till was found after he had been lynched and tossed into the Tallahatchie River. Greenwood is also the town in which Byron De La Beckwith, convicted murderer of civil rights activist Medgar Evers, was raised.
Suicide? Really? We're really supposed to stop and entertain that notion?  And what's the whole "ruling it as a suicide even though we have a lot unanswered questions"?  What type of police work is that?  From Jesse Muhammed:
Leflore County Supervisor Preston Ratliff is questioning the reported suicide as well. “I have not made many public statements because I'm still waiting for more information but I do think it is strange that he would hang himself in such a remote area. The mere fact that a Black man is found hanging in a White neighborhood is disturbing based on the history of the Delta,” he said.

According to Mr. Ratliff, Leflore County is approximately 65 percent Black and 35 percent White in population. He doesn't deny the racial problems in his area but points out that it's not as bad as it used to be.

“It's better than people think, but we still have a long way to go. I simply want the truth to come out in this hanging. If it is proven that this is the result of foul play, then those who are responsible need to be found,” said Mr. Ratliff.

“What attracted my attention was that it took place in this big field in a White community. I went to the scene and I didn't see any evidence that a struggle took place. The first autopsy says suicide but nobody believes that is the case,” said Dr. Eddie Carthan, who heads Good Samaritan Ecumenical Church in Tchula, Miss.

“I'm striving to look at this objectively. Right now we're not sure and we're still investigating,” he said.

“There is no sign that we could find whatsoever that anyone else was involved. I haven't seen anything to change my mind, and I'm looking really hard,” said Sheriff Banks to the media.

Blacks in the area don't see it the same way. “We can't have a young, Black man hanging and we just go back to business as usual. We can't sit by and let this go (on). People want stuff like this to get swept under the rug,” countered Mr. Jordan.
All who are suprised by this, raise your hands.

*crickets*

That's what the hell I thought.  POC...are any of you sick of hearing the "that was so long ago; stuff like that doesn't even happen anymore" spiel?  Moment of silence for Frederick, everyone.  Let's raise our hands in supplication and pray to every god we can name that his murderers burn in hell for all eternity.

27 comments:

  1. infamous lil sis12/19/10, 7:42 PM

    This is bullshit! Hang the murderers and call it suicide. See if that makes national news

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  2. I wish to YAH people would leave the men of MY people alone. Screaming about Arab terrorists when you have terrorism right here in Amerikkka. Global terrorists.

    There WILL come a time when we will stop abiding by "turn the other cheek" and start abiding by "eye for an eye". It's long overdue.

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  3. I am too disgusted to formulate a decent comment.

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  4. sadly I'm not shocked. Very disappointed and praying that his family gets the answers they deserve

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  5. I am not shocked, but I am physically revolted. There are so many pictures of his lynching; he's been photographed from every angle imaginable. I debated whether or not to put one up out of respect, but then I remembered Emmett Till's mother and how she demanded an open casket so the world could see what was done to her son.

    The world has to see what happened to Frederick Carter, and be horrified.

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  6. SMDH.

    Suicide? Really? These assholes need to quit.

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  7. I don't know what to say about this. There are no words for this.

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  8. Post-racial America indeed. SMDH

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  9. Billie Holiday Strange Fruit Lyrics:
    "Southern trees bear strange fruit
    Blood on the leaves and blood at the root
    Black bodies swinging in the southern breeze
    Strange fruit hanging from the popular trees

    Pastoral scene of the gallant south
    The bulging eyes and the twisted mouth
    Scent of magnolias, sweet and fresh
    Then the sudden smell of burning flesh

    Here is fruit for the crows to pluck
    For the rain to gather, for the wind to suck
    For the sun to rot, for the trees to drop
    Here is a strange and bitter cry"

    Rest now...
    My God comfort his family.

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  10. @ Ahnk
    Now you see why I want to leave?

    No place is without prejudice but as far as I know, Canada doesn't have a history of lynchings. Nope, in this America is unique and sets the standard for both brutality and hypocrisy.

    And if you notice in America, shit like this always happens to Black People when we're making progress. I have no doubt that the people who murdered this man just couldn't stand the fact that a BM is president and found the first available target.

    @ Aiyo
    People who say all that "post racial" are ignorant of the history of the US, and I don't even hear them.

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  11. My prayers are with his family.

    I have to admit that I am not surprised that lynchings are still happening. It is exactly the reason why in my teenage years growing up in Northern Louisiana (during the late 80's) we were told to never be alone and to be wary of things like this because it was always a real and present danger.

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  12. without sanctuary

    we really have no protection here, the entire system is conspiring against us

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  13. I remember back in high school, when a kid did a short presentation on lynching, using the song "Strange Fruit" as a reference.
    After hearing that, I couldn't even get through my presentation for a few seconds...my dad's family was being watched by the KKK down in South Carolina, so it hit home. I'm praying for that family, and I'll be DAMNED if they get away with deeming this a suicide.

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  14. RIP Frederick Carter12/20/10, 3:33 PM

    I came across the story a few days ago and I was speechless. Not only am I upset about the actual event but this should have been all over tv, web, or any other media outlet. I was shocked that this happened more than 2 weeks ago and there are only few people that know about this. I have been making it my business to spread the news about this hanging. Lets all spread this story. We as people are being distracted by videos, tv, social networks, and etc.. WE ARE NOT PAYING ATTENTION OR CARING ABOUT THE THINGS THAT ARE ACTUALLY GOING ON IN THIS WORLD!!! I've called the NAACP over the weekend to show my concern but I got no answer and I will be calling again. When I seen this young blk man hanging from this tree, I seen myself. Something has to be done. SPREAD THE WORD!!!!

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  15. I was shocked that this happened more than 2 weeks ago and there are only few people that know about this.

    I wouldn't say I'm shocked about this exactly, but I see what you're saying. POC are told all the time to stop bringing up lynching, as though it happens thousands of years ago, when in actuality, it's going on right now.

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  16. I too did not hear this on the news. Even "IF" there wasn't any sign of a struggle they should dust the rope, and his neck of any finger prints that aren't his- cause this obviously isn't a suicide. And we are obviously NOT moving forward even though we have a black president.

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  17. I have no words for this atrocity, other than hoping that his soul rests in peace and that his family receive the comfort and support they need to get through this.

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  18. His body was found hanging 8 damn feet off the ground,with the rest of the rope being stuffed into his pocket WITHOUT any sort of cutting instrument around, and they ruled that as a SUICIDE?

    Huh.

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  19. I wouldn't be surprised if the police were involved in the lynching.

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  20. Two things:

    a) Pigs will always be pigs.
    b) Every time I see injustice in this world I lose my faith just a bit more. R.I.P Mr. Frederick J. Carter.

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  21. This is really sad and justice needs to be served black people are still being hung in the south this young man did not kill himself the evidence is clearly seen.

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  22. ***comment moderation***

    @ the very brave "Anonymous"

    Fact #1 - Read comment policies before you post comments.

    Fact #2 - This man did not hang himself. Hence all the "questions"...in case you did't notice.

    Fact #3 - You do not have to actually live in the Sahel to know it doesn't snow there.

    Fact #4 - Yes, yes, I know the words "black man" and "lynch" make some folks uneasy, especially since they're desperate to believe all that "unpleasant business" happened soooooooo long ago, but it's still happening - deal with it.

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  23. Hi I am so sorry for the loss of your/our loved one. Ia there a update? I live in New Mexico and read about this last week in the Final Call newspaper.

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  24. W.E. A.L.L. B.E. Interviewed The Honorable Min.Abdullah Yasin Muhammad, The Son Of The Honorable Elijah Muhammad, About The Frederick Jermaine Carter Hanging case.

    please check out the powerful video of that interview here:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QHpOt_BoDsI


    To Listen to the entire interview please click on the following link:


    W.E. A.L.L. B.E. Radio: Suicide Or Strange Fruit? You Decide. A Bro. Frederick Jermaine Carter Update.

    Show:

    http://www.blogtalkradio.com/weallbe/2011/01/13/tha-artivist-presentswe-all-be-radio



    Summary:

    http://weallbe.blogspot.com/2011/01/we-all-be-radio-special-weds-1122011.html

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