On Julius Jones and the Ongoing Trial of the N-Word
Julius Jones is scheduled to be executed in Oklahoma in a matter of days for a crime he didn't commit. He was called a 'nigger' by both the arresting officer and a juror in his case. This matters.
Over 20 years ago, Julius Jones and Christopher Jordan were arrested and convicted of murdering Paul Howell in Edmond, Oklahoma. Christopher Jordan was released after 15 years of serving a 30-year sentence, his freedom was predicated on him testifying against Julius Jones. While Christopher Jordan was locked up he admitted to framing Julius Jones for the execution of Paul Howell. Julius Jones has an alibi that absolves him of responsibility. Requests for clemency have been made on his behalf. He has sat on death row for 22 years. The state of Oklahoma is scheduled to take his life in one week.
Case facts via justiceforjulius.com
The victim, Paul Howell, was a white man who was gunned down in a white neighborhood.
Media coverage of the case, driven by District Attorney Bob “Cowboy” Macy immediately suggested drug-related violence perpetrated by Black men. The racially hostile environment contributed to an unfair trial.
Julius’ arresting officer called him the n-word and dared him to run, suggesting he would shoot him if he did.
A juror on Julius’ case referred to him as the “n-word” and said they might as well take him behind the courthouse and shoot him. Eleven of the 12 jurors in his trial were white.
One-third of Bob Macy’s death penalty convictions, many of whom involved Black defendants, were thrown out for prosecutorial misconduct. Oklahoma has already exonerated ten individuals convicted of murder and sentenced to death.
America has always kept the ‘nigger’ on trial. Always stacked courthouses with judges & juries & bailiffs & clerks & stenographers & prosecutors that looked at the ‘nigger’ with an assumption of guilt. The ‘nigger’ has never really had an alibi strong enough…evidence strong enough…a defense strong enough or witnesses credible enough to exonerate it from the clutches of electric chairs or the smother from gas chambers or to remove it from the firing squad’s line up or to block the needle’s injection. The ‘nigger’ never gets to leave the witness stand. Has bear witness to its freedom being snatched with every gavel pounded as the exclamation point in “guilty!”
What is the American legal apparatus without the ‘nigger’ as the defendant most likely to leave in shackles? How does capital punishment persist if not for the blood of the ‘nigger’ as the indelible ink etched into irreversible law? What is the probability of acquittal when the cop says the ‘nigger’ did it? When the juror believes the ‘nigger’ is capable & culpable of the crime it’s being accused of?
What chance does a flawed human have when it is no more than an epithet packaged in skin that darkens beyond a reasonable doubt? The ‘nigger’ has been denied justice for generations because the HUMAN has been deemed a figment of the court’s imagination. But the ‘nigger’ is the actual imaginary character that lives on after the human is killed & killed again.
And we will always have a hard time saving [innocent] [Black] human lives as long as the system’s belief in the ‘nigger’ keeps Blackness in contempt of court.
PLEASE CALL GOV. STITT’S OFFICE IN OKLAHOMA @ 405-777-7840 TO DEMAND THAT JULIUS JONES NOT BE EXECUTED. AND SIGN THE PETITION AT freejuliusjones.com
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Donney Rose is a Writer, Educator, Organizer and Chief Content Editor at The North Star