Attorneys for Paul Minor filed an emergency release motion with the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday seeking his immediate release while the court deliberates his appeal.
It is the last chance Minor will get to see his wife before her imminent death.
Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., reported the story on the Huffington Post and, to some, he has become the story.
Outraged by his suggestion Minor has committed no crime other than being the number one donor to Democratic candidates in Mississippi, you’d think he was the Kennedy enrolling Meredith in Ole Miss. Faulkner was right, The past isn’t dead, it isn’t even past.
Kennedy has been a code word in Mississippi since at least 1962 – one that triggers an anti-movement for whatever a Kennedy says, does, or supports that relates to Mississippi.
Perhaps, Mississippi is a code word to a Kennedy. Clarksdale native Wright Thompson told the story of the Mississippi of Kennedy’s father in recent CNN publication – the Mississippi in this picture. It was also the Mississippi Minor learned from his father – a Mississippi of injustice passed on to his son as just-us justice.
Thompson also told of the Mississippi he learned from his father:
When I was 5 or 6, because of my dad’s political activism in the Mississippi Delta, local white supremacists burned a cross in our front yard. My parents had a decision to make: Wake me up or let me sleep. They chose sleep. On that night, hate and fear would not be passed to another generation.
What is the Mississippi we are teaching our children? One where no man is above the law but some are below it?
Paul Minor, by all accounts, was an alcoholic in need of treatment. Regardless of the final disposition of his case, we can not deny selective prosecution while practicing selective disgrace.
Letting go is not something we do for others. We let go so we can be free of burdens – free from how others see us, free from hate and fear, free to become the just and compassionate people we believe ourselves to be and want our children to become.