Re-trial in the Knoxville Atrocity
David B., VFR’s long time commenter from Tennessee and also a collaborator with blogger Nicholas Stix, has been attending the re-trial of Vanessa Coleman, one of the defendants in the 2007 torture-murders of Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom, which I called the Knoxville Atrocity. That the trials were initially divided up into four trials, so that the families of the victims had to endure four trials instead of one, was not enough punishment. Because of gross incompetence by the initial trial judge, there had to be re-trials—separate re-trials—of all the defendants. David is covering it all at the crime blog Trials and Tribulations, and is providing details about what was done to the victims that I’ve haven’t seen before.
In VFR’s first entry on the Knoxville Atrocity in January 2007, I wrote:
Could this have happened in pre-1960s America? No, and especially not in the South, because white society was frankly on guard against this very sort of thing, and held the black population under a rule and a discipline. That rule went too far, especially in the Jim Crow laws that required racial discrimination. But how tragic and ironic that because of white racial discrimination against blacks, and because of racial atrocities by whites such as the murder of Emmett Till, whites in a fit of liberal guilt went to the other extreme, erasing the consciousness of racial realities altogether, and thus rendering themselves, and especially their young women, naïve and innocent and helpless before black savagery. For decades, black murderers and rapists have been committing violent crimes against whites that in numbers and in pure savagery are orders of magnitude beyond anything that whites ever did or remotely imagined doing to blacks in the 1950s. Yet, far from taking measures to stop this racial phenomenon of black predation of whites, white society doesn’t even recognize its existence.
Posted by Lawrence Auster at November 19, 2012 08:52 AM | Send