While Dealing with the “Dover Human Relations Commission’s” (DHRC) Response To Action Form, ” I will address the alleged assault and attempted lynching of Mr. Henry Fordham. I will include information in the Response To Action Form as well as modus operandi of other alleged lynchings as well as conclusions from investigative political activists.
Before launching into fresh material, I will briefly refresh the reader of the alleged lynchings of two African Americans in or about Silver Lake Park in Dover Delaware.
On Sunday October 17, 2010, a 19 year-old Wesley College student from Edison, New Jersey was found hanging from a tree suspended by two belts linked together, in an alley off of the 200 block of Governor’s Ave. in Dover. Charles Conley was a well-liked, athletic and intelligent young man, with no apparent reason to commit suicide. Although the Police ruled this hanging as a suicide, claiming a note had been found, upon further investigation, this note was in fact a facebook message to his mother to ask Jasmine about it. I’ve never seen or heard of such a suicide note as this.
In November of 2011 racial leaflets were found “all over” downtown Dover. They included the depiction of a man hanging from a tree along with a Nazi swastika with the message in ALL CAPS quoting: “CLEANING UP THE STREETS, ONE NIGGER AT A TIME.”
On May 12, 2012 John Clark, an African American male was found hanging from his own belt from a tree in Silver Lake Park less than a quarter of a mile from the location Charles Conley was allegedly lynched less than two years earlier.
Now with a little background behind us we will deal with the DHRC report, concerning the assault and alleged lynching that took place on September 21, 2012, also in Silver Lake Park in Dover.
From page 10 of the DHRC’s Response To Action Form:
On September 27, 2012 at 9:17pm, Henry Fordham reported to the Dover Human Relations Commission’s Chair, Roy Sudler that on Sept. 21 he was approached by two Caucasian males who befriended him earlier that day through a general conversation about the origin and practices of the Muslim Religion. Later on that evening, Mr. Fordham met with the two Caucasian males to continue their conversation. After getting into the vehicle of the two Caucasian males, he was then held at gunpoint and taken to Sliver Lake Recreational Park, located in Dover Delaware. During the time he was unlawfully held captive against his will, Mr. Fordham experienced derogatory racial slurs, being pistol-whipped, hung and attempted murder and castration, and survived.
Also stated in this meeting is the following:
“He tried to report to various law enforcement agencies and was denied the opportunity to make an official hate crime complaint..” In addition, according to Mr. Fordham, he was advised by more than one law enforcement agencies that he would be arrested for false report if he continued to pursue filing an incident report of this nature.”
The Dover Human Relations Commission has been requested by Mr. Fordham to be a catalyst/mediator in the process of helping him to file an official complaint with the proper law enforcement agency without fear of retaliatory acts or undue distress sanctioned upon him.
Page 10 of The Response To Action Form: Mr. Fordham brought forth his concern to the DHRC in an effort to make sure that his human and civil rights were not being violated and to simply give testimony as to the events that led up to his abduction on September 21, 2012.
If Mr. Fordham was in enough fear for his life to appear before the DHRC to ask for protection, why did they take no action. The only action they took was to write this report that I have provided a link to download at the end of this post. There is physical evidence of an assault with photographs to prove knife marks on the areas near the ear and genitals of the victim as well as ligature mark on his neck from the attempted lynching. The fact is, if Mr. Fordham had not escaped his assailants, he would have died from lynching as did Mr. Conley and Mr. Clark. The Modus Operandi is the same for all three incidents, however the only thing these three men shared in common is the fact they were African Americans.
Mr. Fordham was arrested and incarcerated after speaking to the DHRC, and a now released inmate claims that Fordham was severely beaten soon after he was incarcerated. Was the purpose of the beating to ensure that if he talked to anybody else, it would cost him his life. Why are people defending the actions of the DHRC, the Dover City Police and the Delaware NAACP.
Why, after the DHRC heard testimony from the victim, did they decide to forward a motion to disband the Dover Human Rights Commission. Why did they decide not to fulfill the number one objective of their organization. “The need for an environment of fairness and respect among it citizens.” Would it be because of political pressure from above the Delaware Attorney General’s office. Could it be that two lynchings and an attempted lynching would cause a political maelstrom and hurt the election of certain individuals.
The Delaware NAACP has also dropped the ball on this chain of events by attempting to defuse the situation by placating both the White and African American Communities, while failing to address the issue. Instead of demanding a complete investigation, the NAACP has attempted to play politics on this issue. I have received communication from the African American community they are highly displeased with the doubletalk and complete lack of any real action of the part of the authorities and the Delaware NAACP.
“A nation can only be disgraced by the failure of its citizenry to take action in the face of tyranny.”