STAR attended the latest meeting of the Fulton County Remembrance Coalition (FCRC) to learn more about its next steps after Soil Collection to prepare for official markers to identify the acts of lynching and a racial massacre in Fulton County.
Fulton County Remembrance Coalition (FCRC)
STAR Recognizes and supports the Mission and actions of FCRC and the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) and we will actively promote their efforts and the efforts of like organizations here in Georgia.
The Fulton County Remembrance Coalition has partnered with the Equal Justice Initiative to engage our community in a process of reconciliation with our history of racial terrorism. They are committed to collecting soil at the sites of Fulton County’s 35 documented racial terror lynchings, erecting historical markers, claiming our county’s monument from the National Memorial for Peace and Justice, and fostering a lasting dialogue founded on truth and justice.
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Dr. “Thee” Smith will be presenting at the Theology & Peace Annual Conference at the American Baptist College in Nashville, TN. He will be speaking on “Engaged Mimetic Theory.”
STAR Intern Veronica Hart interviewed Ms. Vonceia Robinson, mother of imprisoned son, Derius Robinson. Ms. Hart invited Ms. Robinson to share the details and accounts leading up to her son’s imprisonment within the Savannah, Georgia (Chatham County) criminal justice, legal, and judicial system. The interview also entails accounts of abuse reported by Mr. Robinson involving police officials and misconduct throughout various levels of the Chatham County system.
This series of events between Derius Robinson and the Savannah, GA police, as well as other Chatham County officials, took place between May 2016 and May 2018. As of June, 2018, Derius is still locked up without legal representation and continues to be denied bond and release from jail. Ms. Robinson, Derius, his family, friends, and other members of the community consider this to be an unlawful detainment that has exceeded legal limitations and violates his civil rights.
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Dr. “Thee” Smith presented at the Colloquium on Violence & Religion in July of 2007.
His talk was “Deconstructing the Victim-Perpetrator Paradigm: A Heuristic.”
Invocation: “The only resolution of this dilemma is found in experiencing… [myself] as victim behind my victimizing… recognizing ourselves as victimizing victims in our day-to-day living… whence we punish the other…”
Postscript: “Therefore an emancipatory practice of subjectivity must posit as its goal not the immediate realization of ‘the (given) self,’ but the emergence of a ‘self-in-solidarity.’ One measure of the effectiveness of such a practice would be the extent to which it assisted and enabled people to act in co-operation with each other in achieving the communal goals of liberation.”
~ Erica Sherover-Marcuse, Emancipation and Consciousness (NY & Oxford, UK: Basil Blackwell, 1986), p. 142.