I am not going to argue for or against the Confederate Flag. This is NOT about that. There are points of view on both sides of the issue that are valid and should be discussed and appreciated. Again THIS is NOT about that.
This is about a couple of folks in Georgia (why did it have to be my home state of Georgia) named Jose Torres (sounds redneck to me- how about you) and Kayla Norton. Now these two geniuses gathered with a group of mental giants in pickup trucks back in July of 2015 and decided to ride around Douglas County displaying the Confederate Flag.
So far that just makes them annoying to some, a spectacle to others and saluted by those who support free speech no matter what you are doing.
But then they decided to make a pit stop at a child’s birthday party. That is when we go from free speech to moron with a flag. Now it is bad enough that they were yelling racial slurs at the family and friends gathered together to celebrate the birth of a precious child. Perhaps they are members of Westboro Baptist and just don’t know better. Oh by the way, Westboro, could you PLEASE take the name Baptist off of your organization. I would appreciate it. But it gets MUCH worse.
Torres got a shotgun from his truck. No we are not going to discuss the 2nd amendment either. He proceeded to point it at the party goers and said he was going to kill them. Other members of the THUG Patrol stated that ‘the little ones can get one too” meaning a bullet.
Now here we are almost two years later and Jose Torres having been tried and convicted on three counts of aggravated assault, one count of making terroristic threats and one count of violating of Georgia’s Street Gang Terrorism and Prevention Act sobs in court as he is sentenced to 20 years with 13 being served in prison. I bet he is going to be real popular there.
Kayla Norton was convicted on one count of making terroristic threats and one count of violation of the Street Gang Act. She was sentenced to 15 years, with six years to be served in prison. Now for her part, she did apologize profusely. Funny how facing prison invokes that response.
Now let’s talk about Hyesha Bryant. She testified at the hearing, she was one of the people attending the party. According to myAJC.com she offered forgiveness to BOTH defendants and said, “I forgive all of you. I don’t have any hate in my heart. Life is too short for that.” Hyesha, if you happen to read this, THAT is a shining example of what this world NEEDS more of.