Mississippi Hanging leaves divided opinions…Suicide or Modern Day lynching??

Sorry for the graphic imagery, but….Since we were on the subject of News,

I know this is weeks old, but I couldn’t leave this one alone because I guarantee most of you have not even heard of this happening.

Earlier this month, the body of 26 year old Frederick Jermaine Carter was found hanging from a tree in Greenwood, Mississippi and ruled a suicide on December 8th after an autopsy. Statements released from the coroner’s office state that there was no evidence of foul play, but the Black community – most notably within Mississippi and the NAACP, is highly skeptical.

Both sides have their logic. I mean the job of a coroner is to determine the cause of death and deduce the possible time of death and elements and factors involved by bodily analysis. These are trained professionals who deal with this day in and day out and are hired to come to a reliable conclusion which most accept as the final word on a death.

Then you have to take into account that this young man was from Sunflower MS., and that the North Greenwood neighborhood where he was found is known for being a predominantly White area. Also, he was in the middle of painting a building with his stepfather, then he just wandered off – which he is said to have often done – even as far as to other states. That may be attributed to what those close to him are describing as a mental illness (tho which illness has yet to be named). Supposedly, he was on medication. Lastly, a tree is still a tree, and imagery of  a Black man hanging from one in the same county as the infamous and historical Emmit Till lynching, in the same state responsible for the most lynchings ever is going to stir controversy under any circumstance.

What’s your take on this?

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1 Comment

  1. As quick as I would like to jump to the obvious, I will not. Reactionary responses often take focus of the issue. I pray to God that this brother was not lynched, will I say it can’t happen..Hell No, however I need more information.


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