Do you recognize that name? Probably not, seeing how most people have never heard of him. Do you know who was the youngest person ever executed in the United States? If you are now thinking that it is George Junius Stinney, Jr. then you are correct. Little George, as he was sometimes called, was an African American boy who stood 5 feet 1 inch and weighed almost 90 lbs. In 1944 he was convicted of murdering 2 White girls in less than 10 minutes by an all White jury in South Carolina.
What I find to be extremely heart breaking is the fact that there was no evidence to show that George was guilty. How could such a tiny little boy kill two little girls with such blunt force and trauma all at the same time? Impossible. His execution was cruel and inhumane and I cannot imagine the fear that rushed through his tiny little body when he was found guilty and sentenced to death by electrocution.
70 years later in 2014, George Junius Stinney, Jr. was exonerated and his conviction was overturned. His exoneration was bittersweet for his family because even though he was proven innocent, he was still wrongfully executed. There is something that can be learned from all this and that is HATE has no place within the human race or anywhere else for that matter. Racism, prejudice and hate killed George Junius Stinney, Jr. and that to me is the biggest tragedy of all.
Just in case you did not know, no race is better than the other despite what some may think. A superior race? Really??? I tell you what, name me one race that does not get sick, grows old and dies? Go on. I will wait…