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Re: Forsyth Co., GA/ 1912
I am a Forsyth County resident, with Forsyth County ancestors dating back to the 1830's. It was my family who settled this town & whose hard work has helped it develop into what it is today. I have more authority to speak on matters that affect this town than anyone I see posting comments on this rediculous website (this is all public record). Let me make it clear that I do not uphold violence of any kind. I also do no appreciate your website's negative portrail of MY town. If you ever wonder why you see grimicing faces on the white citizens of Forsyth Co. whenever blacks come here, it's becuase of things just like this web site. Furthermore, if you are going to tell this story, tell it factually. This is not a story of masacre, such as Rosewood - NOT AT ALL. What actually happended is that a white teenage girl, Mae Cox, was raped and beaten for over 12 consecutive hours, and then savagely left for dead in the woods of Forsyth County. Before this poor girl died 2 weeks later, she gained just enough conciousness to name her attacker, a black teenager named, Ernest Knox, who, by the way admitted his guilt to authorities as well as to the crowd of people watching his execution before he was hanged (which my great-great grandfather attended, along w/ the rest of the town and residents from surrounding towns). It is important to note that Ernest Knox also received a fair trial for his crime. If you're going to tell this story, tell it in the actual framework that it was actually set in. This crime was set back in an era when slavery had just been abolished, and racial tensions were tremendous. The end result of this incident was that not only did Forsyth Co. citizens run the black population out of their town by means of threats & intimidation, but so did other North Georgia counties, such as Cherokee Co., Cobb Co., Gwinnette Co., and Hall Co. to name a few. It is also important to note that most black property owners were able to sell their property before leaving the county. Look it up. It's all public record. If you live near Forsyth County, odds are that your own town participated in racial violence during this same time period. This incident did not only affect Forsyth County, but all sourrounding counties - probably the county you live in, so why don't you look up the racial inequalities of your own town's history, and post that on your website. It was everywhere in 1912. No one ever tells this story correctly. No one ever talks about the severe crimianl behavior of the black teens or the immence suffering endured by the victim in this crime either. If you all want something to cry racial injustice over, at least tell the story accurately. A black man committed a horrific crime against a white woman during a time when racial tension and ignorance were rampid. The result of this incident was an ignitation of racial tensions in this entire region. I have actually researched to facts as they were presented in newspaprer artilces in 1912 in several county libraries, as well as heard the oral account of it passed down through my family's generations. I say to all of you who are shocked by this historical incident: Wake up! It was the rual south, during the reconstruction era, where ignorance, poverty, and racial tensions were the letter of the day - everyday. This is not surprising. Just be glad the world is a diff place today, and don't put so much emphasis on what happened in the past. Appreciate the world we have NOW. As for Forsyth County residents, this is old story that we are tired of rehashing. Move on, and stop making comparasions that are not true. This is not a responsible website becuase this information is not thouroughly researched before posting.
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