Artist Terri Mae Owens “Been Yah” Sculptures with Sweetgrass Baskets: Charleston South Carolina


Please check me out on Instagram  #Beenyahdollsculptures

My “Been Yah” Sculptures were first created in the early 1990’s from a vision I had early one morning while it was still dark outside. In the 90’s, I made doll’s holding Sweetgrass Baskets which I affixed to a wreath with dried flowers, pop corn berries, a large bow, and a make shift stand that looked like a replica of the the historic stands seen along hwy 17 in Mt.Pleasant, where sweetgrass baskets hung.

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$225.00

Hand Painted Fiber and Materials Sculptures

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$150.00

Made from Paper and cotton materials

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$225.00

“Been Yah” Sculpture with Palmetto Roses and small Sweetgrass Basket

Sculptures are Perfect for Birthday Gift Collecting

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$150.00

“Been Yah” Doll Sculpture on book shelf

Polka Dot “Been Yah” with Sweetgrass Basket and Petite Roses

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“Been Yah” Candy Stripe Doll with velvet red ribbon, Sweetgrass Basket and Petite Palmetto Roses

$125.00

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Unique Home Interiors

“Been Yah” Tye Dye Sculpture with Palmetto Roses

Price $ 325.00

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Price $80.00

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Cute Art Addition for Girls Room

“Been Yah” Sisters with Sweetgrass Baskets

$180.00

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Price of “Been Yah” Sculpture wearing pantsuit and holding Rings

Small Doll Sculpture $90.00

Large Doll Sculpture $180.00

These are a few of the first baskets I made when I started sewing baskets again.  They are not perfect, but sewing baskets is an artistic craft, so I am still proud of them.

*Basket is included: Price on this doll does is not inclusive of basket.

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Price $90.00

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“Been Yah” Sculpture with Garden Sweetgrass Basket

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Price $125.00

“BEEN YAH” SCULPTURES W/ SWEETGRASS BASKETS

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“Been Yah” Sculptures

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Been Yah Sculpture with Sweetgrass Basket PopCorn Berries and and Palmetto Roses

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$60.00 Each Made of Paper, Cotton Materials and Fibers.

“Been Yah” Sculpture with Sweetgrass Basket, Popcorn Berries and Palmetto Rose

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DOLL SCULPTURES W/

SWEETGRASS BASKETS

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$125.00

“Been Yah” Hippie Sculpture

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$150.00

“Been Yah” Sculpture with Sweetgrass Basket

I consigned the dolls holding Sweetgrass Baskets to the “Country Bumpkin,” in Mt. Pleasant, and I proudly consigned a few of my wreaths to the Gibbs Art Gallery Gift Shop, before leaving Charleston, and moving to New Jersey in 1993.

In 2012, while going through a very difficult personal experience, I discovered that I could create paintings.  Each idea was brought to me in the same manner.  Because of this, I feel that I can’t take credit for anything I create because it is my inner being who wakes me up before dawn, and gives me a vision of what she wants me to create.

I do not have a name for the source energy within me that speaks clearly to my consciousness, but I think many people would relate to what I am describing as inspiration from God.

The first sculptures were created in January, 2017, after I had worked almost four months to create a portfolio of art to apply to a graduate program.  Creating the Been Yah  Sculptures were a welcome change from the pressures of creating my portfolio.

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“Been Yah” Sculpture with small Sweetgrass Basket

These sculptures with basket is the perfect addition to a reception area of pediatrics office.

Orange and White Polka Dots Print w/Black & White and Floral Print

Sculpture with Small Palmetto Roses and Small Sweetgrass Basket not shown.

$150.00

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$550.00  Large Sculpture

$125.00  Small  Sculpture

Sit on Foyer Table

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Price $125.00

“Been Yah” Doll Sculpture w/small Sweetgrass Basket and Palmetto Roses

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Acrylic on Paper

I named my sculptures “Been Yah Sculptures because I was born in Charleston, a City that I love; however, when I look around the City of Charleston, I am disappointed that I see growth that has displaced many black families, and economic wealth that does not reflect the reciprocity of a significant amount of African-Americans.

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“Four Corners of Law” Meeting and Broad Street Downtown Charleston, S. C.

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“Been Yah” Nana

$125.00

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Dah “Been Yah” Sculpture

$500.00

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Acrylic on paper

“Been Yah’s”

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“BEEN YAH” DOLL SCULPTURES WITH SWEETGRASS BASKETS

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Price $225.00

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Pink and White Polka Dot w/Colorful Basket Print

Been Yah Doll with two small sweetgrass baskets

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Price $ 1, 500.00

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Been Yah Doll Handmade Sculpture

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Been Yah Doll Handmade Sculpture

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Price $1,500.00

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Perfect Accent for Girls Room

Price $90.00

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                                         Green, black and white

$225.00

Been Yah Doll with small Sweetgrass Basket and Palmetto Roses.

I make my palmetto roses different from most of the roses sold around the market area.

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Been Yah Doll with Powder Blue & White Polka Dot Skirt with Vintage Print Blouse Sold with Medium Size Sweetgrass Basket.

Price $550.00

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Face and Hair is Hand Painted with Acrylic Paints

Sweetgrass Basket can be held in hand or displayed separately.

$550.00

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Small Been Yah Doll Sculpture with sweetgrass basket $125.00

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Price $80.00

Small Been Yah Doll w/ Sweetgrass Basket one of the first I made since revisiting sewing my baskets. No additional charge added for the basket.

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Body Made of Paper/ Clothing Fabric

Hand painted Acrylic Paints

$150.00

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Price $225.00

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Something Different Sweetgrass Sculpture w/ earring

Not For Sale

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Girl Sculpture w/ Earring Made of Sweetgrass

Just For the Fun of It

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Sadie Been Yah Doll

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Price $225.00

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Been Yah with quilted Dress

$225.00

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Safi “Been Yah”

$130.00

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Perfect for Night Table

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Price $120.00

Louisa “Been Yah”

Dress White Cotton Fabric with Black and White Polka Dot sleeves.

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Sista Sarah Been Yah

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Sista Sarah Been Yah w/Small Sweetgrass Basket

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Sista Sarah Been Yah Doll Sculpture holding Sweetgrass basket

$160.00

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Large “Been Yah” Girl made of Paper

$300.00

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Large Been Yah Baby With Red & White polka Dot top with checked bottom

$300.00

Billions of dollars are being made in the City, and it is my hope that the faces of more black business owners will benefit from being present in the flow of tourist activity throughout the city, so that a more eclectic and diverse  representation of the talents, especially of those “Been Yahs” will have an opportunities to have their talents show cased in downtown Charleston. “Been Yah, ” a Gullah term that simply means I was born here.

I made sweetgrass baskets as a child, and I have recently revisited sewing baskets. I am proud to sit and sew my baskets with basket ladies and men, whose artistic talents represented in their baskets are among some of the the finest baskets created in the city. .

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“Been Yah” Doll Sculptures

Original Artwork by Terri Mae Owens

Charleston, South Carolina


“Been Yah Doll Sculptures” with Sweetgrass Baskets

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Original Artwork by Terri Mae Owens

Charleston South Carolina Meeting and Broad Street (“Four Corners of Law”)

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When you visit Charleston, Please stop by at Meeting and Broad Street (“Four Corners of Law,”) to purchase one of my Been Yah Doll Sculptures with Sweetgrass Basket.

Artist: Terri Mae Owens

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Original Art “Been Yah” Dolls with Sweetgrass Baskets

Artist Terri Mae Owens

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Thank you for your interest in my “Been Yah” Doll Sculptures

Please contact me through the form below to inquire about purchasing one of my sculptures.  Each piece of art is uniquely designed, hand sewn and hand painted.

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BLACK WOMEN AND GIRLS MISSING IN AMERICA


The Effect of Domestic Violence

on African-American Women

“A New Kind of Terror” by Alexa Strabuk

http://msmagazine.com/blog/2017/04/12/san-bernadino-domestic-violence/4/14/17

 

New York Times

How America Fails Black Girls

The subject of Lynching, which many feel is a dark topic that they prefer to stay clear of, has a legacy, as it pertains to legal aid and law enforcement assistance in making a priority, the receiving of protection for black women and girls, as it does the protection of girls with blond hair and blue eyes. I know personally how it feels to seek protection and there is no protection given.

“Black and Missing in America- A Short Film”

Because there are many black girls and women missing in this country, I created this blog as a source of documentation that supports arguments that there continues to be no respect for, nor protection for black women in  America that is experienced on a level equal to that of  white women.

Listening to the Tom Joyner Morning Show, I learned of this information, and decided to share it with my followers. Please take the time to click on the link.  The information discussed is very important.

Nearly 75,000 Black Girls & Women Are Missing Across the Country

Andrea Tatum’s Murder

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/andrea-tatums-murder-remains-as-much-a-mystery-as-relisha-rudds-disappearance/2014/08/04/991d67ec-134c-11e4-98ee-daea85133bc9_story.html?utm_term=.0d1b1314a8f3

“WHAT IS IT LIKE BEING A BLACK GIRL OR WOMAN IN AMERICA”

“Student Sick of Being Called Ugly”

OWN NETWORK

“People React to Being Called Beautiful” (Black Girl Edition)

From Charleston, South Carolina: Thank you President Obama and First Lady Mrs. Michelle Obama for Truly Loving the People of this Great Country


Expressing Appreciation for the Presidency of Barack Obama

By Terri Mae Owens

As an African American Woman, I could not be prouder of the way President Obama and First Lady Mrs.Michelle Obama lead this country from 2008- 2016, and during their final days in 2017.

Watching the President and First Lady love, and express kindness and concern for the general health and well being of the citizens of this country, as well as for people around the world, in spite of harsh criticisms and personal attacks on their humanity, has inspired me to live my life by their example of taking the high road.

They have inspired me to not be complacent in my position as a citizen of this country, but to find ways to reach out to others, especially those who do not look like me, by using my gifts and talents as a human being, a historian and as an artist, to inspire unity, and effect positive change that helps to strengthens race relations in our country.

America belongs to all of her citizens, and in spite of the racist rhetoric expressed during the campaigning of President Elect Donald Trump, I am encouraged by knowing that regardless of race or religious affiliation, as citizens of this great country, that there are more of us that are unified in fighting to protect for all citizens, the freedoms and rights we value and hold dear as citizens of this great country, than those who are divided.

I am Looking forward to seeing how the Obama family continue using their experience and influence to help build an even more perfect union.

         Sharing Memories of the Obama Family and their Administration

Thank you President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama for Coming to Charleston During Our Time of Enormous Grief

President Obama Eulogy: Clementa  Pinckney’s Furneral

Thanks Jenna and Barbara

for sharing your letter and these pictures:

People Magazine

“Love and Happiness:An Obama Celebration”

“Yes We Can: People Share Their Most Memorable Moments

From the Obama’s Presidency

President Obama Farewell Speech in Chicago

Mrs. Obama, Thank for the Example you Set of Character

When Women Attacked your Humanity

Songs of the South


Jr. Walker & The All Stars

WAY BACK HOME

This song makes me remember growing up in Jim Crow South.

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St. Phillip A. M. E Church

With Christmas almost here, I am reminded of Christmas time, when the churches would give each girl and boy a brown paper bag stuffed with hard candy, an apple, orange and a pair of Bobbie Socks, boys socks, or stockings for the teens.  The people in this picture were members of St. Phillip A. M. E. Church, in Charleston, South Carolina, and were like my extended family members. My Papa was the Associate Pastor and is seated next to my Aunt Lily on the first row far right. My Great Grandmother Dah, is standing to his left. On the very top row is my mama, Josephine Wilson, and I am on the bottom row third from the left.

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Feeling so very grateful this morning for the way my parents conducted themselves and for the way I was raised. Memories of being loved as a child in that little cottage we lived in on Jackson street and later,after Papa died, and we moved to Huger Street.

In spite of the tone expressed, of race hatred and religious intolerance, in our country at this time; I believe that there are more people in this world who want peace and unity among the races than there are those with racist intentions seeking to divide us as a nation.  Media attention however, is less likely to focus on those groups of people as regularly as they focus on those with negative outlooks and views. As a country, we have not too far in the past traveled that road of segregating the races based on skin color.  It should not be a path that we as a nations want to travel again.

Sam Cooke

A Change Gonna Come

First Lady Mrs. Michelle Obama’s speech’s have always been inspiring, but I really appreciated her thoughts on diversity and inclusiveness in her tribute to African-American women whose contributions in the building of this nation is not always exposed in the teaching of America’s history. Continue reading “Songs of the South”

“Bryan Stevenson Builds Museum that Confronts Slavery, Lynching, Segregation, and Mass Incarceration in America”


Charlie Rose: Bryan Stevenson

 

I applaud Attorney and Activist Bryan Stevenson for his vision to build a museum that under one roof, will educate visitors about the history of inhumane acts inflicted upon Africans and African Americas under the institution of slavery, by mob lynching, Throughout the Civil Rights Movement, and the injustices of schools to prison pipelines, and mass incarceration of black males.

http://www.al.com/news/montgomery/index.ssf/2016/09/equal_justice_initiative_build.html

https://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=search.summary&orgid=12756

Stevenson uses his professional platform and influence to advocate for a more humane and just society. His activism in the courtroom and as a citizen of this country, is reflective of the heart and insight of men who came before him. Men like Gahndi, Mandela, Malcolm X,  and Martin Luther King Jr. who advocated for racial equality.

Articles:

http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/news/2016/02/26/google-racial-justice-grants-bryan-stevenson-equal-justice-initiative/80959244/http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/news/2016/02/26/google-racial-justice-grants-bryan-stevenson-equal-justice-initiative/80959244/

Charlie Rose: Equal Justice Initiative

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/videos/2016-08-23/-the-equal-justice-initiative-charlie-rose

 

Please contact the Equal Justice Initiative and donate funds to aid Mr. Stevenson in the building of a museum that will reveal the impact of the legacy of slavery on today’s society. Thank you!

Equal Justice Initiative
122 Commerce St.
Montgomery, Alabama 36104

Phone: 334-269-1803
Fax: 334-269-1806
Email: contact_us@eji.org

I  too have similar, though not as grand ambitions, and I am inspired by the work Mr. Stevenson is doing.

While the work that I am doing is not in any way associated with Mr. Stevenson’s building of his museum,  in 2012 I began painting a collection of art that is dedicated to the memory of women and girls who were lynched on America’s soil.

The art is abstract in the sense that it was not created with the intention of projecting any likeness to any of the women or girls for which the collection is dedicated.

Checkout the site below, especially if conducting research  on lynching or if you are in need of  footage for a class presentation.

Without Sanctuary

Dylan Storm Roof A Plea of “Mercy” by Terri Mae Owens


“You Cannot Change the World By Doing What’s Convenient or Comfortable”

Bryan Stevenson

One Plea of “Mercy” for Dylan Storm Roof

When I read that the death penalty is being sought against Dylan Storm Roof, for the murders of the nine men and women whom he shot to death in Mother Emmanuel A. M. E. Church, a year ago this month, I felt a sense of sadness and remorse. My sadness however was not felt only for Dylan’s fate, but for the fate of race relations in a country that as Americans we love.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2016/05/24/dylann-roof-death-penalty-justice-department/84871618/

As much as we mourn the loss of lives that were taken in such a horrifically insane manner, taking the life of Dylan Roof, will not bring any one of them back.  In fact, to issue the death penalty would be expressive of the same barbaric disregard for human life that he showed towards parishioners who expressed only kindness towards him.

The deaths of the nine men and women of Emanuel grieved this entire nation, as well as people around the world. We here in South Carolina are presented with a great opportunity to continue the legacy of the Charleston Nine by not just professing to be a humane society, but by actually showing that we are.

I am an African American woman, a mother and a grandmother whose hope it is for a more kinder and just society for people of all races and ethnicities.  I am hopeful that one day skin color and religious belief or practice will not continue to divide us.

There is no question that what Mr. Roof did was wrong. However, as terrible of a thing that he has done, he is a member of a community of citizens called Americans. As Americans, we are connected by a shared history, and that history is in part founded upon the branding of the flesh of human beings to document them as property, as inventory, and not as people.

Because Mr. Roof grew up in a country whose foundation was built upon a blatant disrespect of human life, it seems ironic that a country whose history was established upon laws that made it legal to commit cruel and inhumane acts against human beings including children, for financial gain, would establish laws that would sentence an individual to die in a most inhumane manner because he committed a cruel and inhumane act against humans beings. The message that this type of reasoning sends is at its worst hypocritical, and at best conflicting.

Our forefathers owned human beings, and yet they established laws to govern our nation.  Laws that children are taught did not recognize African Americans as human beings, and certainly not equal to whites. It took a civil war just to grant them freedom and document their humanity.

Collectively as a people and a nation, we have journeyed to this point in our country’s history where a 21-year-old white male entered a church and assassinated nine people. The result of racism.  Racism was described by Toni Morrison, during an interview with Charlie Rose, as “Bereft.”

“The people who do this thing, who practice racism are bereft, there is something distorted about the psyche. It is a huge waste and it is a corruption and a distortion. It’s like it is a profound neurosis that nobody examines for what it is. It feels crazy, it is crazy, and it has as much of a deleterious effect on white people and possibly equal as it has on black people.” 

What has being a nation of people, whose history of race relations in this country, as exhibited through the Civil Rights movement, produced? It has produced confused citizens like Dylan Roof. How can we as a country not take responsibility for his brokenness and for ours? Laws punish, but they also protect. Dylan clearly shows signs of mental illness.

Dylan is one of America’s sons and we have failed him.  We are products of a history based on treating people like the “Other” and like they do not belong here in the United States of America, a country built by the free labor of slaves.

We must admit that we have, and in many cases continue to set bad examples of what a humane country looks like.  Our country’s stance on race was aired on television for all to see.  During the Civil Rights Movement African American men, women and children marched with signs in hand that read “I am a Man” “I am Somebody” “We Shall Not Be Moved” and were attacked by German Shepherd dogs, beaten with clubs, and sprayed with water from fire hoses, while Jim Crow Laws segregated even water fountains.

This is an opportunity for our country to begin doing a better job of teaching that what happened to African Americans and Native Americans in this country was wrong and that it should never be replicated, and when blatant acts of racism occur we must denounce them.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/thank-you-trump-for-exposing-your-ugly-inner-self/2016/10/02/e7051490-8745-11e6-92c2-14b64f3d453f_story.html?utm_term=.34a98387d62a

We can change race relations in this country by teaching America’s children to respect diversity, and to see all people first and foremost as human beings.

http://www.usmagazine.com/celebrity-news/news/teachers-aide-fired-after-calling-michelle-obama-a-gorilla-w443276

Yes, justice must be served against Dylan, but let’s not forget our history. A history that included the horror of lynching a human being and then setting the corpse on fire while children were in attendance having a picnic with their parents.

https://books.google.com/books?id=O3ZldmMty7UC&pg=PA23&lpg=PA23&dq=lynching+african+americans+and+black+barbecues&source=bl&ots=p9gsYunGAG&sig=5unrle7LIgVNElhNRBfIju5VuJI&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjUq_zO0cXPAhXB7B4KHTQNDxAQ6AEIKjAC#v=onepage&q=lynching%20african%20americans%20and%20black%20barbecues&f=false/10/6/16

Dylan deserves to pay for his crimes, but must we kill him as if exterminating him is going to heal race relations in this country? It is my plea that Dylan Storm Roof not receive the death penalty, and that this country cease to use it as a method of punishment for crimes committed until America’s judicial system puts itself on trial for the enforcement of unjust laws that destroys people lives.

http://www.bayareadefenseattorney.com/criminal-defense-lawyer/aclu-strong-opposition-three-strikes-rule  10/6/16

Capital punishment is immoral, and making an example of Dylan by sentencing him to death by the cruelest method of punishment imaginable will not deter repeated behavior of the same from happening.

Dylan Storm Roof and the Death Penaltyby Terri Mae Owens


I was happy to read that Dylan Roof’s attorney’s advised him to waive a jury trial.

“Pursuant to this order, the defendant hereby states that he is willing to waive jury, and to be tried and sentenced by the court,” the notice filed by Roof’s lawyers, David Bruck and Michael O’Connell, said.

http://christiandaily.com/article/suspect-of-charleston-church-shooting-waives-his-right-to-a-jury-trial/53094.htm

It is my hope for Dylan, as it is for young African American boys and men in general who are ushered through our judicial and court systems that America’s governments take their share of responsibility for them being there in the first place, and hold themselves accountable for sentencing, reflective of society’s influence in regards to the acts of the accused.

Let Dylan’s fate lie upon the conscious of America’s political and judicial systems. Let the American people and people around the world see the level of responsibility we as a nation who stands united take for the racist acts being acted out in our country by American citizens.

Their has to be a solution, other than that of extermination of human beings, as though they were common pests, spraying over the problem is useless, because like roaches, they will come back if the problem of infestation is not eliminated at the root of the problem.

More than a jury’s verdict, people who may or may not be versed in the facts of the social and political history of this country, and realize it’s relevance to this case in way that they can judge the affects of its its influence upon American citizens, I want to hear the verdict of a judge.

I want the verdict to be one that is precedent for this judge, whom I hope will take this tragedy as an opportunity to sets an example that what happened to the nine people in Emanuel was unjust and should never happen by showing compassion for someone who is obviously in need of psychological help.

I want his decision to propel our country in the direction of providing care for the mentally ill, ending the death penalty in this country, and I would like to see as a result of this terrible tragedy, our state and federal governments and its administrations be held accountable, by the American people for the influence American History, as taught to America’s children, in America’s schools, have on our youth.

The real threat of terrorism to America comes from within our borders not outside of it.  We are our greatest enemy, and it is reflective in our laws, and in the way that we treat our fellow man.  It is reflective in how we show compassion, love and tolerance towards each other on a daily basis, not only after a mass murder takes place.