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July 27, 2008
Volume 1 - No.10
Darwin Campbell, Executive Publisher
A Bi-Weekly Publication
Fighting Racism One Nail at a Time
Group Set to Help Embattled Couple With Community Home Makeover
By Darwin Campbell
Lone Star Power Pages
ARLINGTON- As the struggle continues to send strong messages that racial intimidation and hate crimes against African-Americans will not be tolerated in Arlington, freedom fighters are calling for volunteers to unite to help a couple complete construction of their home and rebuild their lives.
“I’m calling on everyone to come out and get your work on for Broderick Gamble and Silk Littlejohn,” said Pastor Dr. Frederick D. Haynes III, pastor of Friendship West Baptist Church. “We need as many volunteers as can to bring hammers and nails and help this courageous couple finish their home.”
The group will gather in Arlington at 704 Ross Trails on Saturday, Aug. 2 at 10 a.m. to work on the home and complete the project. Both volunteers and materials are needed. The home is currently 85-percent completed, according to Haynes.
The goal is to help the couple get back on their feet and complete the project reducing the chances continued monitoring and possible harassment by city code enforcers.
Enough Racism in Arlington is a movement to not only help the couple but also to send a strong message that hate crimes, racism, intimidation, violence and senseless attacks on African-Americans and other races will not be tolerated.
The group is made up of several hundred conscious African-American men and women across the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex that are involved in the community struggles for equality and justice.
The long road back for Gamble and Littlejohn started shortly after the couple moved into their home in that Arlington neighborhood in the summer of 2005.
Shortly after, a suspicious fire burned their home to the ground.
Arlington fire officials ruled the fire an accident, but over the next two years other strange events took place that led the couple and others to suspect they were possible victims of racism and hate crimes.
The possibility of racial intimidation and being victims of hate crimes were ever present in the couple’s mind because of the course of two years.
During that period, the couple found dead animals thrown in the yard and witnessed other experiences with racist overtones. City and police officials made no real attempts to investigate the matter or step up monitoring that area.
The situation worsened after a vicious attack on Gamble and Littlejohn in December 2007.
According to reports, Grace Snowden Head, a white woman, trashed the couple’s front yard. Later that day, the woman came back to the home, allegedly used racial slurs and threats and commanded her Doberman Pincher dog to attack the couple.
While defending themselves against the dog, Head picked up a two-by-four board and hit Littlejohn in the face and continued her attacks by jumping on top of their car and stomping it.
The attack left Littlejohn suffering multiple injuries including a concussion, post concussion syndrome, post traumatic stress, loss of hearing in the right ear, damage to teeth, nerve damage to the right side of her face, facial tissue scaring and constant severe pain and headaches.
Two days after the attack, Gamble was called by a neighbor to his home where he found the words “Kill” and “Die Nigger” spray painted on his garage doors.
The incident over the heinous crime outraged many in the Black community and spawned marches and rallies on Arlington City Hall and gave birth to the ERA movement.
The group is still demanding Arlington city officials take racism issues seriously and send a strong message by coming down hard on hate crimes, racism and violence and support measures that race crimes against African-Americans and any other race will not be tolerated.
Head was originally charged with aggravated assault, criminal trespass and failure to identify herself to a police officer.
Jail Supervisor Sgt. B. Bates concluded a 2x4 was not considered a deadly weapon; therefore he dropped the original charge to simple assault.
Head was then released on $ 4000.00 bond and was not charged with a hate crime even though Lt. Blake Miller told the media “It was clearly a racial tirade [that] Ms. Head went on”, Lt. Miller said, adding that Ms. Head refused to leave the couple's property even after an officer ordered her to do so.”
The loss of income has created a detrimental domino affect, including the possibilities of losing Silk’s business and their home, in which some of their neighbors don’t won’t them to live in or finishing building.
The E.R.A. Movement launched a campaign and to help the couple save it home and deal with family expenses and are taking financial donations to be used solely for the purspose of helping this family maintain and survive through a very difficult time of struggle caused by no fault of their own.
Although a list of family and community demands have been made to the city, city officials continue to balk at resolving the matter.
As the couple waits for justice in the case, Littlejohn continues to battle and struggle mentally and physically from her injuries and cannot continue her work as a self-employed cosmetologist. Gamble is working, but his income is not enough to cover expenses the family is dealing with.
Donations are still needed to the family help with medical, dental, essential bills and legal funds.
Donations can be made to the Friendship West Baptist Church on behalf of Gamble and Littlejohn, or made on-line at:www.endracisminarlington.com.
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