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November 2, 2015

Here’s How 2 Black Boys Got Arrested and Jailed for Kissing a White Girl

Here’s How 2 Black Boys Got Arrested and Jailed for Kissing a White Girl
Photographed, Dwight Thompson (above right) spoke about The Kissing Case with his brother, James Hanover Thompson. Credit: NPR

Photographed, Dwight Thompson (above right) spoke about The Kissing Case with his brother, James Hanover Thompson. Credit: NPR

When ex-Officer Ben Fields dumped a Spring Valley High School student out of her chair and slid her across the floor, many observers were horrified. Nearly as disturbing was the revelation that the student, who’d gotten in trouble for using her cell phone, was arrested and charged with”disturbing school”.

There is in this country a legacy of criminalizing black kids for just being kids, as evidenced by a case involving two North Carolina black boys.

In 2011 NPR explored the arrests of James Hanover Thompson and his friend David Simpson, who were sentenced to reform school after having been kissed by a white girl:

“We were playing with some friends over in the white neighborhood, chasing spiders and wrestling and stuff like that,” James says.

 

“One of the little kids suggested that one of the little white girls give us a kiss on the jaw,” he says. “The little girl gave me a peck on the cheek, and then she kissed David on the cheek. So, we didn’t think nothing of it. We were just little kids.”

 

But the little girl mentioned the kiss back home, and her parents were furious; the police set out in search of the boys.

 

“The police car pulled up, and they said, ‘We’re taking y’all to jail,'” James says. “I didn’t know what was going on. But when we got down to the police station, we understand that they said that we had raped a little white girl.”

The boys, who were only 9 and 7 at the time, were taken to the police station where they were beaten and charged with molestation.

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“We was hollering and screaming. We thought they was gonna kill us,” James told NPR at the time.

They remained in jail for six months before being allowed to see their parents. The boys also spent three months in detention before being pardoned by North Carolina Gov. Luther Hodges at the urging of the NAACP and Eleanor Roosevelt.

 

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4 thoughts on “Here’s How 2 Black Boys Got Arrested and Jailed for Kissing a White Girl

  1. Rick Manigault says:

    I hope no idiot suggest these boys should have obeyed authority.

  2. SkyChopper says:

    S**t like this is why I want nothing to do with white society. . . I’m ready to build our own economy so we can control our own destinies!

  3. SkyChopper says:

    Rick Manigault
    Yes, they should have obeyed authority. Now leave white folks alone. . . Clearly they are scared and desperate to preserve their mutated deficient heredity from genetic annihilation by any means possible!

  4. queenofmeanest says:

    WTF?  That is why I keep advocating real estate.  Go to a tax sale, buy some houses and property.  Blacks with advance/technical degrees create a consortium of professionals so that we can keep our $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ to ourselves.

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