There seems to be s serious battle brewing over the right of free speech in Georgia. So far, two Black women have been arrested in the metro Atlanta area in separate instances because of their social media posts.
Ebony Monique Dickens
The first arrest occurred in April 2015 in the city of East Point involving Ebony Monique Dickens, 38. Dickens posted the following on Facebook under the name Tiffany Milan:
“All Black ppl should rise up and shoot at every white cop in the nation starting NOW.I condone black on white killings. Hell they condone crimes against us. I’ve thought about shooting every white cop I see in the head until I’m either caught by the police or killed by them. Ha!!!! I think I can pull it off. Might kill at least fifteen tomorrow. I’m plotting now. They reading this sh** too right now. Freedom of speech tho. So when you can absolutely show me the 1st amendment where it explicitly says you can’t say “kill all cops,” then I’ll delete my status. Other than that…NOPE! Death to all white cops nationwide.”
Her post landed her in the East Point jail, charged with dissemination of information related to terroristic threats. Dickens has a Master’s degree in Legal Services and City Solicitor Antavious Weemes expressed in court that Dickens should have “known better” than to make such a posting on Facebook. Although Dickens stated that she was just venting her anger over the number of public tragedies and violence that have been afflicting the Black community, the judge rejected her argument that she was protected under the First Amendment right of freedom of speech. Dickens was released on $10K bond and ordered to stay off all social media.
Latausha Nedd, aka, Eye Empress Sekhmet
Latausha Nedd was arrested in Clayton County, Georgia because of her postings on YouTube during Sept. 2015. Nedd, who goes by the alias Eye Empress Sekhmet, talked in her video of her hatred of White people and police. In her video, Nedd is brandishing a machete and a gun and shouts Black Power. She also called for open season on “mutha-F’n crack—s.” Oddly enough, a multi-jurisdictional taskforce from the FBI, the U.S. Marshals Service and a joint terrorism task force arrested Nedd. Some have called such a use of force unprecedented over a social media post. It is unknown who initiated the complaint, which now has Nedd facing charges of criminal solicitation and terroristic threats, both felonies. Clayton County Police Chief Michael Register disagreed with the assertion that Nedd’s statements weren’t as dangerous as a weapon. “A lot of people talk on the Internet and on YouTube, but most people don’t make threats against segments of the community. … It’s also the reaction she solicits or anyone solicits from people who may be listening,” he said.
But when it comes to White people making specific threats of violence against Blacks the treatment is not the same. Take for example:
Ener is a retired prison guard from the Texas Department of Corrections. In Aug. 2015, he posted various videos to YouTube calling for violence against Black people and activists. Ener states during one racist rant: “You thugs, you Black Live Matter bulls–t, you bunch of frickin’ retards: You better run, and you better hide,” he said. “We gonna hunt you sons of b—-es down, ‘cause we’re pissed off. And ain’t nobody gonna stop us now, you dirty bastards.”
“Y’all get that slingshot. Get you some damn rocks. And when they come out in that street, we’ll give you a few minutes to pepper their ass. You light them up like they got mumps and measles when they go home with all the bumps and knocks all over their asses.”
After his racist rant went viral, Ener was not charged over his threats towards Blacks. A simple name search of “Nathan Ener” in YouTube allows you to see others who feel as racist and violent.
Ener makes mighty boasts on how he would act against Black activists who come to his town. But when confronted by New Black Panther Party member Bro. Quanell X over his threats, Ener had very little to say or do. Even when it was revealed to Ener by Quanell X and others that his daughter Ashley enjoyed her men “black no sugar, no cream.”