OKAY, LET’S TALK ABOUT ROBERT SMALLS (BECAUSE HE HAS A NAME, THANK YOU VERY MUCH).
Robert Smalls was born into slavery in 1839 and at the age of 12 his owner leased him out in Charleston, South Carolina. He gravitated towards working at the docks and on boats and eventually became the equivalent of a pilot, and in late 1861 he found himself assigned to a military transport boat named the CSS Planter.
On May 12, 1862, the white officers decided to spend the night on land. Smalls rounded up the enslaved crew and they hatched a plan, and once the officers were long gone they made a run for it, only stopping to pick up their families (who they notified) along the way. Smalls, disguised as the captain, steered the boat past Confederate forts (including Ft. Sumter) and over to the Union blockade, raising a white sheet his wife took from her job as a hotel maid as a flag of truce. The CSS Planter had a highly valuable code book and all manner of explosives on board.
Smalls ended up serving in the Union Navy and rose to the rank of captain there. He was also one of a number of individuals who talked to Abraham Lincoln about the possibility of African-American soldiers fighting for the Union, which became a reality.
After the war, Smalls bought his owner’s old plantation in Beaufort and even allowed the owner’s sickly wife to move back in until her death. He eventually served in the South Carolina House of Representatives (1865-1870), the South Carolina Senate (1871-1874), and the United States House of Representatives (1875-1879) and represented South Carolina’s 5th District from 1882-1883 and the 7th District from 1884-1887. He and other black politicians also fought against an amendment designed to disenfranchise black voters in 1895, but it unfortunately passed.
Smalls ended his public life by serving as U.S. Collector of Customs in Beaufort from 1889-1911. He died in 1915 at the age of 75.
And now you know Robert Smalls.
ROBERT SMALLS IS THE MAN.
BREAKING: Recording captured shots fired at Michael Brown, lawyer says : News -
thepoliticalfreakshow:Audio reveals multiple shots, a pause, then more shots.
Six or seven shots. A three-second pause. Four more shots.
An audio file obtained by the Post-Dispatch on Tuesday is believed to have captured the shooting of Michael Brown Jr.
If authenticated, it would be the first recording of the actual incident to have surfaced since Brown’s death on Aug. 9.
Lawyer Lopa Blumenthal said her client, who lives in the apartment complex where Brown was killed, captured the shooting while recording a video text message to a friend.
Blumenthal said the man who made the recording did not want to be named. She said he came forward reluctantly and feared for his safety.
The FBI interviewed him for about an hour and a half on Monday, she said.
A private autopsy showed Brown was shot six times, but did not reveal the number of times Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson fired his weapon.
The shooting has sparked nightly demonstrations and attracted world wide media attention.
Blumenthal said sympathizers to both Brown and Wilson have contacted her saying that the three second pause bolsters their cases.
But Blumenthal said she thought the recording was important.
"There was a pause," she said,"and to me a pause means time to think and contemplate."
Blumenthal would not reveal her client’s name or the exact location of his residence, except to say it was in the Canfield Green apartment complex in close proximity to the shooting.
Nor would she give out the name of the person who received the video.
But she said she was certain the recording is authentic.
"I’m 100 percent positive this is accurate," she said. "He is not doing this for the publicity. He has no motivation to lie."
To listen to the audio recording [TW: GRAPHIC CONTENT], click here.
Source: Stephen Deere & David Hunn for The St. Louis Dispatch