By: Leon Kwasi Kuntuo-Asare

With all the talk about reparations for the descendants of American slaves currently going on around the country, anti-reparation people would have you believe that slavery was so long ago, it wasn’t.

The last surviving person born a slave in the antebellum south was a man named, John Magee. Magee was born in North Carolina in 1841.
Magee’s parents Jeanette and Ephraim were slaves on the J.J. Shanks plantation.

Magee told people that before the Civil War he was sold to a plantation owner by the name of Hugh Magee, at a slave market in Enterprise, Mississippi.

Some say that Magee was later sold to Victory Steen, who ran a slave plantation near Florence, Mississippi. Magee would claim that in 1863 he escaped the bondage of the Steen plantation and enlisted in the Union Army, reportedly he was part of an assault on Vicksburg in Mississippi.

Magee would later get wounded at both Vicksburg and Champion Hill. After the end of the war, Magee returned to his life, but this time as a “free man”, he would begin farming near Columbia, Mississippi with a White mam named, Tom Mix.

In the early 1990’s, Magee would move to Hattiesburg, Mississippi, before later returning to Columbia, Mississippi, to work for a sawmill operator named, Richard Davis. Magee, was trusted and respected enough to supervise the mill when, Davis was away.

Magee would die on October 15, 1971.

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By: Leon Kwasi Kuntuo-Asare

This past Monday a federal judge threw out the charges against three White supremacist gang members, who were indicted for their roles in brutal and violent clashes in political rallies throughout the state of California.

The federal judge, Cormac Carney claimed the three men, who are members of the Rise Above Movement (RAM) gang, were not properly charged when they were charged under a federal anti-riot statute, for planning and then carrying out racist assaults at rallies in 2017 in cities like Huntington Beach, San Bernardino and Berkeley, following the months after President Trump election win.

According to pbs, the federal prosecutor complaint claimed : ” the defendants used the internet to coordinate combat training in preparation for the events”.

When the judge dismissed the case, he claimed he dismissed the case not because the men weren’t guilty of assaults, which they could be charged with later, rather the anti-riot statute of 1968 was too broadly defined.

Judge Carney ordered the release of Robert Rundo, Rober Bowman; Aaron Eason, the third gang member who was already free on bond.

In a separate case in Virginia, three RAM members pleaded guilty to similar charges for their roles in the chaos at the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville.

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