(This post is part of a series concerning Curtis Flowers, an innocent man convicted of a horrific crime that has divided a small Mississippi town. Information on the Flowers case can be found here.)
Alan Bean, Friends of Justice
The moment the jury was seated, a conviction was a foregone conclusion. Over the years, Winona has woven a guilt-narrative around Curtis Flowers. White Winona sees Curtis Flowers as a cold-hearted killer, nothing more. Black people who know the good-natured gospel singer shake their heads in bewilderment when they hear white folks talk about him. The Curtis of popular white imagination does not exist.
The jurors seated for the sixth Curtis Flowers trial could have rendered a guilty verdict without hearing a word of testimony–they already knew the story as well as the folks commenting on the Friends of Justice website.
The next phase of the process is a justice struggle that could take years. But the case against Curtis is too weak to stand. Exposed to proper scrutiny, it will crumble to dust. Most of the thousands of people currently reading this website every day will lose interest. That’s natural. But the quest for justice will continue nonetheless. I am asking you to join us in this quest. We deeply appreciate the support you have shown over the last two weeks. Lydia and Alan Bean will be returning to Texas later today after speaking to a group of civil rights veterans in Neshoba County and will have more to say about the Flowers trial in the days to come