Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Kennett MO The Heather Ellis March

There are all kinds of comments on this turn of events. I get a little tired of the white folks complaining about the playing of the race card. When that shit just doesn't happen to them. Let's hear them talk about the priviledge card.
It's possible the ms Ellis reacted badly to being not served in Wal-Mart but who calls the police on someone over an issue of standing in line in a retail store? Is there actually a law that says one must stand in line or the police get involved? What policeman is going to charge someone with no history with a felony because they are in disagreement with a store clerk? Let's get real and stop with this petty you do crime you do the time b/s. The fact is changing position in line is not a crime in the first place. The police have no business being in volved in a dispute of this nature and if Wal-Mart can see the need to involve the police in this way then I say we go for it and find some other retail outlets that appreciate our business.

From The Daily Dunklin Democrat

Protestors for Heather Ellis chanted, "No justice. No peace," during an organized rally in Kennett on Monday, claiming that the allegations against the African-American woman accused of assault on police are false.

Approximately 100 protesters gathered at the Kennett Walmart at around 11 a.m., including members of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). Also attending was event organizer and founder of the Syracuse, N.Y.-based Your Black World Coalition, Dr. Boyce Watkins.

The march led from Walmart, down First Street to the steps of the Dunklin County Courthouse. Along the way, approximatley 30-40 counter-protestors held up confederate flags with skulls and crossbones and swastikas.

At the courthouse, various individuals took turns speaking on behalf of Ellis, claiming the incident is one of "civil rights abuse."

One of the speakers was Ellis' father, the Rev. Nathaniel Ellis.

"We are summoned here today from all over America," Ellis said, "because Dr. King, Jr., was right when he said, 'An injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.' Your presence here today has proved that love is thicker than hate.

"As we march forward, the question may be asked, 'What are we here for?' These proverbial questions are asked because seldom is Bootheel justice challenged with a force of this magnitude. We have converged upon Kennett, Missouri by the thousands because the life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness of a young, black, vibrant, intelligent, and well-educated young lady's rights have been strictly violated.

"This young lady happens to be my first born daughter. The daughter of a Church of God in Christ pastor who pastors in this town and an adjoining town, who happens to be an educator. We are here to voice our outrage and to publicly say that Heather Ellis is innocent of all bogus charges and I demand that all charges be dropped and her record be expelled."

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