The Scottsboro Boys were nine Afican-American teenagers who were accused in 1931 of the rape of a white woman in Alabama. The legal case that resulted included a frame-up, attempts at lynching by an angry mob, and an all-white jury. The case still stands as one of America’s worst examples of racism, systemic abuses and the overall miscarriage of justice. Decades after this abomination, Alabama is moving to repair its damaged legacy. A bill to allow posthumous pardons for the group, the last of whom died in 1981, is expected to be signed by Alabama’s governor.
This week’s “Say It In Song” pick, Alabama Jailhouse, is meant solely to point out the differences in experiences of those who are accused of being on the wrong side of the law.
This nation still has a long, long, long way to go…