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11/1/11 at 10:25 PM 0 Comments

A History of False Accusations

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Typical Old Southern Democrat Tactic for Personal Destruction

It should not be of any form of shock or surprise to see presidential candidate Herman Cain being subjected to accusations of sexual harassment. The notion of black men being accused of immoral behavior has morphed into a stereotypical script pulled out by the political enemies of black conservatives in particular—portraying them as sex-hungry deviates. This again is part of what was a code of the Old South, to use the accusation of offending a white woman as the means of arresting, beating and even lynching blacks. The accusation did not have to be true as those who have sought to take advantage of cultural weaknesses and prejudices in order to foment their own agendas. Whether political as we have seen with the persecution of U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Clarence Thomas and now witness the accusations lodged against Mr. Cain, or personal, as we will see in three cases presented, there is still a propensity to react negatively to even the falsely-accused. Many have used the power of the accusation itself to destroy, deflect and deny!

In other words, the power of falsely accusing someone is using evil to destroy lives, deflect from the truth and deny justice. As Mr. Cain becomes a greater threat to the political classes on both sides of the political elites, so will such tactics become more readily used. For this reason, it is important that we are able to recognize evil, and not be so easily influenced by such attacks, but rather respond to the truth! Let's review a little bit of recent history...

Case 1: On the evening of Oct. 23, 1989, Charles Stuart and his pregnant wife Carol left a maternity class at the Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. He apparently decided to take a different route than normal as they rode through Mission Hills, a predominantly black neighborhood. While in the area, he shot Carol in the head and killed her in the car. He then shot himself where his superficial wound would allow him to validate his lie, as he told police that as he was stopped at a red light, a black man approached the car and fired a pistol nearly point black at him and his wife, unfortunately killing her and wounding him with another round. His accusation that a black man was responsible inflamed racial tensions in Boston. Eventual investigation let to his confession of planning the entire incident and carrying it out without any assistance.

Case 2: In South Carolina, Susan Leigh Smith, in her desire to escape motherhood and start a new life with another man, drove her car with her two small sons who were seat belted in the back seat into a nearby lake and drowned them. Before the truth became known, she had stated that a black man stole her car and kidnapped her sons. Again, what led to her ultimate confession was her desire to be with another man who did not want to raise children that were not his own.

Case 3: Boontown, New Jersey resident Kashif Parvaiz shot and killed his wife, Nazish Noorani and then eventually blamed three black males as the ones who killed her and wounded him. He said that he and his wife had been confronted on the street as they walked, taunted and had racial slurs thrown at them, and were eventually shot, but killing his wife. Once more, the final truth revealed that it was yet another diabolical murder plot concocted by a trusted family member instead someone of African American descent.

In each of these cases, the Stuart, Smith and Parvaiz depended upon the tendency of the general public—specifically white America—to believe that black men in particular are subject to or possess the tendency to commit violence which includes making unwanted sexual advances towards white women. For these three killers to make such false charges against blacks was seen as being within their realm of credibility—not stemming from the presentation of evidence, but the willingness to believe in their word of mouth! Here are a couple of other examples.

In 1921, the city of Tulsa, Oklahoma was rocked by a race riot that caused death and destruction—all because of the accusation that a black male teenager man had attacked a white teen-aged girl in an elevator. History also recalls how and when the small black settlement of Rosewood, Florida was destroyed in 1923. Many lives were lost in that and surrounding communities when a white mob (including law enforcement officials) sought revenge upon anyone black due to the false accusation by a married white woman claiming that she was raped by a black man after she had been severely beaten by the white lover she was having an affair with.

With all of these cases, whether a hundred years ago or just today, the power of the accusation wreaks havoc upon the ones accused—the accusation alone serves to literally destroy the life of the one accused! This seems apparent for Rev. Herman Cain, who has not been surprised that this specific accusation would be brought forth. As Justice Clarence Thomas described the process as being a "high-tech lynching," the pattern is basically the same. The only uncertainty lies within the ability of the people to recognize it for what it truly is and reject not only the accusations, but more importantly, the persons responsible for perpetuating such a tactic! In light of some groups readily seeking to place blame upon other groups, it is obvious that all of the suspects have something to gain even if Rev. Cain has to spend even a few moments attempting to explain away such charges. If no other thing is illustrated in this entire episode, the one message we all can clearly see and understand is the depths people will sink to for the opportunity to gain power!

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