Monday, March 21, 2011

Tha Artivist: My Reasons For Getting Involved In The Frederick Jermaine Carter Hanging Case.


“The media's the most powerful entity on earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent, and that's power. Because they control the minds of the masses."
~Malcolm X

"The people must know before they can act, and there is no educator to compare with the press." ~Ida B. Wells-Barnett

"Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted."~Dr. Martin Luther King
Tha Artivist: My Reasons For Getting Involved In The Frederick Jermaine Carter Hanging Case.
My name is Bro. Ron Herd II aka R2C2H2 Tha Artivist. According to my definition, “an artivist” is a person who actively uses his/her talents to serve and uplift humanity in a progressive and righteous manner.  In other words, an artivist is a person who is both an artist and activist.

The Frederick Jermaine Carter case struck an emotional chord with me…Being a Memphian I heard about what happened to Emmett Till ever since I was 9 years old from my Mississippi relatives and I am 30 years old now…Seeing that picture of Bro. Frederick hanging from the tree reminded me of the first time I saw a pic of Emmett Till’s mangled face after they lynched him…Those type of images stay with you for the rest of your life…

I felt like the brother deserved the justice in death that he couldn’t get in life…Talking to his spiritually gregarious and agape love filled mom, Mrs. Brenda Carter-Evans, truly inspired me to be as persistent and diligent as possible in keeping and growing public interest in this case as well as putting pressure on the authorities to do the right thing…Just like Frederick Douglass said “power concedes nothing without a demand”…The work of a truth worker is never wasted… To me that meant doing whatever I can with whatever I had to ensure that the truth in this case shall prevail…

I knew that the ruling of suicide less than 48 hours after Bro. Frederick’s body was discovered by the Leflore County Sheriff’s Office and the Leflore County Coroner’s Office which was further amplified by USA Today and other U.S. corporate media outlets could not be true and sounded suspicious…Especially since his body was discovered in an area not friendly to African Americans…The fact that they tried to further add insult to injury by mis-labeling this brother as mentally handicapped as if to justify this tragedy without any explanation or confirmation from close family members further disturbed me (and still does)…

It normally takes 8-12 weeks for autopsy results to come back and there were no extensive forensics done by the Leflore County Coroner Debra Sanders…As a matter of fact the official state autopsy was done by Dr. Adel Shaker at the state medical examiner’s office and his office will be mailing the official first autopsy results Monday morning March 21, 2011 to his family…

I also felt that like with the death of Emmett Till over 55 years ago that this case could be a catalyst for starting a new chapter in our people’s liberation movement here in the USA and beyond…Our generation is running out of key pivotal moments to actually create change we can believe in…Yes we are great in utilizing and uniting around key moments in our recent history to rally around like the Hurricane Katrina, Jena 6, Sean Bell and Oscar Grant movements respectively…But aside from a few fund raisers, marches, rallies and some biased and limited media coverage from the corporate mass media machine  what have we truly accomplish in terms of building institutions, opportunities and a foundation for the current and future generations to actually create and sustain new paradigms and possibilities for our people???

I also hope to break the generational curse and yoke of fear that has a spell over so many of our beautiful people…This fear is causing us to live shorten, bleak and mediocre lives which in turns cripple our family unit and quality of life…Our people should have pride and dignity and also be willing to help each other in need and to support each other in endeavors that empower the individual and enables the collective…Strong communities produce strong leaders and not the other way around…

My maternal grandfather, a native Mississippian, fought in World War 2 for other folks’ agendas and still was called a boy when he got home…As a matter of fact African Americans has fought in every war for this republic while still fighting a war for our own self respect at home…So I know now’s the time for us to fight for our own self interests this time around as a people without any apologies or hesitation, by any means necessary.

I know that I am continuing the legacy work of Ida B. Wells-Barnett, a phenomenal journalist whose courage and writing truth to power while pursuing a 7 year one-woman crusade against lynching made her enemies both black and white, both an icon and iconoclast, a shero and a villain, a prophet and a charlatan according your perspective and whose book you are reading…Just like her I am using the media and technology tools of my day to shed light on atrocities that are normally overlooked by the corporate mass media…When you have truth and faith on your side then GOD and Fear can’t reside in the same room…

For more on The Frederick Jermaine Carter Hanging case please check out the previous press releases and other W.E. A.L.L. B.E. Media links:
(3/18/2011) BREAKING NEWS! Miss. Deputy Medical Examiner Signs Off On Frederick Jermaine Carter’s First Official Autopsy Results…Apologizes For Delay & Offers Condolences To The Family

(3/16/2011) Frederick Jermaine Carter Update: Tha Artivist Confronts Coroner's Office Over Autopsy Delay.

***Breaking News: Frederick Jermaine Carter Hanging Update***

W.E. A.L.L. B.E. TV: All Eyes On Mississippi: Min. Abdullah Yasin Muhammad On The Frederick Jermaine Carter Hanging

W.E. A.L.L. B.E. Radio: Suicide Or Strange Fruit? You Decide. A Bro. Frederick Jermaine Carter Update.

Take Action! Help Us Get The Truth:
Like Bro. Frederick Douglass said “power concedes nothing without a demand” and so please contact the U.S. Department of Justice and tell them you want a federal government investigation into the death of Frederick Jermaine Carter so that the truth can finally come out.
Contact the U.S. Department of Justice:
By Mail:
Correspondence to the Department, including the Attorney General, may be sent to:
U.S. Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20530-0001

By Phone:
Department of Justice Main Switchboard - 202-514-2000
Office of the Attorney General Public Comment Line - 202-353-1555


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