Creola Cotton and Shaquanda Cotton

Thursday, 15 March 2007

Leave Shaquanda Notes of Love!

Please let me know how you feel and add your words of encouragement! You can also write me at:

Ron Jackson Correctional Complex,
Unit 2, Dorm 4
P.O. Box 872
Brownwood, Texas 76804
1125308

288 comments:

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Jen said...

You'll emerge a stronger person when this is over. I hope that the attention your situation has finally received will warrant some smarter, less racist people reviewing your case.
Best wishes from New Zealand.

Anonymous said...

^You need to get Paper and Pen and take action. But Shaquanda....keep your head up. With all this talk and action, you will be out before you know it! Stay in a positive state of mind ma!

Shane from Canada said...

What, what, what, this just seems so messed up! I'm from Halifax, Nova Scotia in Canada and CAN NOT beleive anyone would stand for this. You will be in my prayers little one! Stay strong, PLEASE, stay strong! We need not just your nation, but our continent of North America to really look at situations like this and shake our heads. Ridiculous! I'm going to make sure I spread the word to everyone I can, in this day and age we have to fight against travesties of justice such as this and the Sean Bell shooting. In the words of one who could have a been great leader, 2Pac Shakur.... Keep Your Head Up!

Ericka said...

God is with you and he will not rest until you are freed. Keep Faith and he will prosper. I will continue t pray with you and God Bless.

Nikki said...

Hi Shaquanda...for some reason I was on Facebook and just read about your situation. Just want you to know that God is with sweetie. Keep praying and believing that He will work miracles. He WILL turn this thing around, but you gotta believe! I pray that God will continue to bless you and keep you strong. This is definately a life's lesson. I LOVE YOU! and continue to keep the faith!

Anonymous said...

Just thinking the same thing myself. Prayer is all fine and good, but also Take Action if you want the situation to improve.

To put it another way... BE THE HAND of the Divine at work in the world. Be a tool and force for positive change.

I have written to the Governor. After this, I will also spread the word to friends who will add their support (in deeds, not just words).

Keep your spirits up, Shaquanda!

Mike
Hartford, CT

* * *

"Fading away like the stars in the morning / losing their light in the glorious sun / thus shall we pass from this earth and its toiling / only remembered for what we have done."

Tamika Glover-Taylor said...

I can not believe what I am reading. Everything will be just fine, I am praying for you and so is everyone else in Texas. I just moved to the south, hoping that I was doing the right thing for myself and my children.....This really saddens me...


God Bless you!!!!


Love, Taylor Family

Mary Parker said...

omg, i just read your story on a different website and it linked me to your site, for more info. hang in there baby girl, i know its easier said than done, but u can do it. rememeber god doesn't put more on us than we can bear. god thought of you as a strong young lady even at your young age, to go thru this. now that i know of you and your story, im going ot pray that god releases you form there and i hear a great vixtory report soon.
please stay strong and encouraged, don't let the enemy trick you in to thinking u can't make it and your never coming out. OH, YOU WILL COME OUT AND BE VICTORIOUS. I SPEAK THAT INTO YOUR LIFE RIGHT NOW AS A WOMAN OF GOD. FRET NOT, FOR THE LORD IS WITH YOU.

Anjela McKenzie said...

Shaquanda, stay strong and know that God is still watching over you. You are in this terrible situation, but you WILL get through this, just believe. Please don't try to take your life. God is still giving you life everyday and not in vain. Anyone with common sense can see that this punishment is ridiculous. You will be free soon. Meditate and visualize yourself being FREE. Just stay strong and most important BELIEVE! You are loved and in my prayers. We are all the spreading the word to get you free.

Peace and Blessings!

Nicole Williams-Houston,TX said...

Good Morning Lovely,
God puts situations in front of us to teach us things and make us stronger individuals. I myself have endured situations that make me question my purpose in life. Quanda, you have the world's attention now baby, and a change is gonna come!( We're prayin on it!!) But in the meantime, you can be constructive with all that pain.Instead of thinking negative sweetheart, pick that head up and keep smilin, because those "white folk" in Paris may have the upper-hand RIGHT-NOW, but GOD has the last say so.Of course it hurts like heck...But turn that pain into poetry (I DO), Write a book about your life, Let's let the world know that our youth DO matter! I Love You and just know that all things (nonsense) must come to an end!

Rachel said...

God IS. Don't ever forget that. He knows your plight and He has NOT forgotten you. I will pray for you. Hold on. Just please, hold on.

denene said...

My baby sister...don't let anyone take away from you what God has given you...your strength and courage. The governor, judge and anyone else will be hearing how outrageous and WRONG this is.

Keep your head up my baby sister.

Anonymous said...

I just heard about this situation and I'm appalled. And I just want to say, that you and your family are in our prayers during this rough and trying time. Don't give up, and know that you are not alone. Keep the Faith!!!!

God Bless

Anonymous said...

I'd like to contribute my condolences as well. As I read through some of the responses in this blog, I noticed a teacher who rightfully said that you do deserve punishment.

7 Years is quite some time, but was your sentence for seven years or UP TO seven years?

I think that all of this racial ignorance has gone on for long enough. Stop looking at it like it's a racial situation- you are not the white girl you mentioned and she is not you.
Two different situations require two different sentences.

Patrick Skeins said...

Dear Baby be encourage and keep your head high and straight.You are from supreme stock darling. Your capacity to bend is so strong that you will not break, and don't let them attempt to break you. You are a big girl now show the world a strong black woman. I just want you to stay encouraged don't loose focus of who you are and who you were raised to be. You have the love of our whole community in the Dallas Fort Worth area. Your life is not over God has set you up to do great things. Keep God in your heart, He will keep you, and effect you to be the light in the dark place.

shanika said...

Don't let man take your joy away man didn't give it to you. What God gives you will last forever. This battle is not your its the Lords. God will strenghten you in your time of need. You are a child of God and he will provide for his children. Keep your head up and look to the hills why your help comes from. Kirk Franklin has a song that says LET ME TOUCH YOU TO SEE IF YOU ARE REAL JESUS. He's real in my life and I know he's real in yours. Stay strong my sister. I will pray for you and your family.

Anonymous said...

I'm so sorry that this world is so ugly!
There are still so many who are angry because they are not us!.
Your smile,your soul, your spirit and your GOD within is all you need!
We as a people need to stop being afraid and stand up and FIGHT,FIGHT as we did in ancient EGYPT !

Anonymous said...

Just know that God sees all and knows all! You will go down in History. It's ashame but not that God chose such a special person as yourself to bring our people close together. Everything happens for a reason and just know that while it may not feel good or look like it but God is doing something powerful in your life and lives of others around you!

Look at how many people that doesn't know you but showing you they care and love you!

PLEASE HANG IN THERE FOR US! WE ARE HERE FOR YOU!!

REMEMBER THESE WORD, "NO WEAPONS FORMED AGAINST ME SHALL PROSPER" BELIEVE THIS AND TRUST AND HAVE FAITH IN GOD THE ALL MIGHTY, ALL POWERFUL, THE BEGINNING AND THE END!

HE WILL NOT PUT NO MORE ON YOU THAN YOU CAN BARE. HE KNOWS YOU ARE STRONG!

WE'LL BE HERE BEHIND YOU WHEN YOU WALK OUT THOSE DOORS OF HELL.

LOVE U AND GOD BLESS YOU!

GOLDY! (GODLY)

Dear GOD:
I want to thank You for what you have already done. I am not going to
wait until I see results or receive rewards; I am thanking you right
now. I am not going to wait until I feel better or things look better; I
am thanking you right now. I am not going to wait until people say they
are sorry or until they stop talking about me; I am thanking you right
now. I am not going to wait until the pain in my body disappears ; I am
thanking you right now. I am not going to wait until my financial
situation improves; I am going to thank you right now. I am not going to
wait until the children are asleep and the house is quiet; I am going to
thank you right now. I am not going to wait until I get promoted at work
or until I get the job; I am going to thank you right now. I am not
going to wait until I understand every experience in my life that has
caused me pain or grief; I am thanking you right now. I am not going to
wait until the journey gets easier or the challenges are removed; I am
thanking you right now. I am thanking you because I am alive. I am
thanking you because I made it through the day's difficulties. I am
thanking you because I have walked around the obstacles...
I am thanking you because I have the ability and the opportunity to do
more
and do better.

I'm thanking you because FATHER, YOU haven't given up on me.

God is just so good, and he's good all the time.

Joyce Foreman said...

Shaquanda my prayers and thoughts are with you. You made a mistake, but the punishment does not fit the mistake. This justice system, time and time again proves that there is a bias toward African Americans and something has to be done to find equality.

Mena said...

I just heard about your situation on 97.9 the beat in Dallas, TX. I just wanted to tell you to keep your head up. Stay focused on your family and your dreams. It is very important, right now, that you don't give up. I know it's hard to be in a place where you know you should not be, but you are covered, you are protected, you will be free. I am so sorry you have to go through this. I can't come out to march but I have done my part on your behalf by posting emails to my friends about your situation. I will write back and check on your situation periodically.
Blessed Be!

Anonymous said...

Dear GOD:
I want to thank You for what you have already done. I am not going to
wait until I see results or receive rewards; I am thanking you right
now. I am not going to wait until I feel better or things look better; I
am thanking you right now. I am not going to wait until people say they
are sorry or until they stop talking about me; I am thanking you right
now. I am not going to wait until the pain in my body disappears ; I am
thanking you right now. I am not going to wait until my financial
situation improves; I am going to thank you right now. I am not going to
wait until the children are asleep and the house is quiet; I am going to
thank you right now. I am not going to wait until I get promoted at work
or until I get the job; I am going to thank you right now. I am not
going to wait until I understand every experience in my life that has
caused me pain or grief; I am thanking you right now. I am not going to
wait until the journey gets easier or the challenges are removed; I am
thanking you right now. I am thanking you because I am alive. I am
thanking you because I made it through the day's difficulties. I am
thanking you because I have walked around the obstacles...
I am thanking you because I have the ability and the opportunity to do
more
and do better.

I'm thanking you because FATHER, YOU haven't given up on me.

God is just so good, and he's good all the time.

Anonymous said...

Shaquanda, I am just finding out about this and you have already been there a year. Someone mentioned to forget about all this God stuff in a comment to you, I will tell you and everyone that is out to support you to "never" believe that as an option. We cannot question him or his will for our lives. I cannot imagine what you are going through right now but I know he will see you through. I know you will overcome this because this will be nationwide and with the help of God and all these people that are out here supporting you, you will see victory. Please ask God to give you strength daily, pray daily, stay on your needs until they ache..and just trust God totally. I love you!
Paula

J said...

Take pride in knowing that many of us have heard your story and will not sit by idle while you suffer this injustice. Help is coming...

Anonymous said...

I just heard your story and am outraged at this injustice in this day and age. You stay strong and keep praying. God is listening and He is also watching and knows your plight. A lot of people are praying for you and a lot of people are working to make a change in this injustice. It's hard right now, but stand on God's word and know your will be victorious in this. Read Phil. 4:6-7.

CaTonya said...

Shaquanda I'm praying for your release. Don't get discouraged because God will definitely bring you thru this injustice. God will continue to provide you with the strength to endure.

Much luv

Stacy Smith said...

Shaquanda I want to encourage you to hold your head up. Speak the name of Jesus over the things you can not change or have control over right now. Don't lose your faith in God. Read Acts ch. 16:16-34. Paul was also wrongly accused, but in the in God worked it out for his good. Just hold on your breakthrough is coming soon!

Sharmaine said...

Hey babygirl,

Hang on. It will work out. I'm sending your story out to everyone I know and asking everyone they know to pass it on. We're all writing your governor. It's a definite injustice and I believe you'll come through victorious in the end. Hang in there.

Sharmaine

KIM said...

Stay Strong Shaquanda. Think positive and just know that God doesn't like ugliness, he is watching over you at all times and I will keep you in my prayers.

Angie said...

keep ya head up mama. there aint no such thing as JUstice for anyone who is black. Trust and believe that. Keep ya head up and stay strong

Tarsha Morgan said...

I AM WRITING FROM DALLAS TEXAS. I FEEL THAT IT SAD THAT IN THE YEAR 2007 OUR PEOPLE ARE STILL SUFFERING FROM CLEAR AND EVIDENT RACISM. I TAKE THIS MATTER VERY PERSONAL, I HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO GET THIS INCIDENT OUT MY HEAD SINCE I HEARD ABOUT IT ON RICKY SMILEY'S MORNING RADIO SHOW. OUR PEOPLE NEED TO STICK TOGETHER ON THIS ONE AND DO WHATEVER IT TAKES TO FREE THIS CHILD AND TO MAKE SURE THAT THE POWERS THAT BE ARE PUT IN THEIR PLACE. OUR PEOPLE ARE STRONG BELIEVERS IN PRAYER AND SO AM I BEING A CHRISTIAN WOMAN, BUT PRAYER WITHOUT WORKS IS NO GOOD. TARSHA 469-254-6900

No Name said...

Keep your head up, Shaquanda! Be strong little sister and don't lose your faith in God.

Psalms Chapter 16:1-11 reads:

1 Preserve me, O God: for in thee do I put my trust. 2 O my soul, thou hast said unto the LORD, Thou art my Lord: my goodness extendeth not to thee; 3 But to the saints that are in the earth, and to the excellent, in whom is all my delight. 4 Their sorrows shall be multiplied that hasten after another god: their drink offerings of blood will I not offer, nor take up their names into my lips. 5 The LORD is the portion of mine inheritance and of my cup: thou maintainest my lot. 6 The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places; yea, I have a goodly heritage. 7 I will bless the LORD, who hath given me counsel: my reins also instruct me in the night seasons. 8 I have set the LORD always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved. 9 Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope. 10 For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption. 11 Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.

Anonymous said...

Keep your head held high and your faith strong God will guide you to freedom.

Psalms 103

1 Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. 2 Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: 3 Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; 4 Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies; 5 Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle's. 6 The LORD executeth righteousness and judgment for all that are oppressed. 7 He made known his ways unto Moses, his acts unto the children of Israel. 8 The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy. 9 He will not always chide: neither will he keep his anger for ever. 10 He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities. 11 For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him. 12 As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us. 13 Like as a father pitieth his children, so the LORD pitieth them that fear him. 14 For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust. 15 As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth. 16 For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more. 17 But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children's children; 18 To such as keep his covenant, and to those that remember his commandments to do them. 19 The LORD hath prepared his throne in the heavens; and his kingdom ruleth over all. 20 Bless the LORD, ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word. 21 Bless ye the LORD, all ye his hosts; ye ministers of his, that do his pleasure. 22 Bless the LORD, all his works in all places of his dominion: bless the LORD, O my soul.

March 26, 2007 11:07 AM

Anonymous said...

Shaquanda and family - I'm so sorry to hear about your case. Several years ago I was also the target of a erroneous, fraudulent criminal investigation and I remember during the whole process of questioning and investigation, I kept thinking to myself, "If I were a young black man who couldn't afford a lawyer in this same situation, I'd have been tried and convicted by now"

The US is continuing to expand its prison economy- we have the highest per captia imprisonment in the world, and a highly disproportionate number of black people in prison. Its inexcusable and barbaric.

I hope you can take comfort in the fact that there are some of us out here fighting the system that did this to you. We are wise to their agenda and their time is coming.

Take care and good luck in there.

Ketra said...

Remember to trust in God and not man. For this battle is not yours its the Lords. If he can bring you to it, he will bring you through it. You will forever be in my prayers

Anonymous said...

Stay strong anf know joy comes in the morning.
God will se you through these trouble times.

Anonymous said...

Just remember: There is nothing they can do to hurt your spirit. They will try to banish you in a cell somewhere and brainwash you and make you fall into their plan. But you can't let them touch you. Find that special place in your heart with Gods help and guidance they will NEVER EVER change you or hurt you. Nothing can touch you. You are above them. You are Gods child and not forgotten. They are nobody to judge you. Only God can judge you. You remember that and you'll be ok.

Untouchable in Austin

Anonymous said...

STAY STRONG IN THERE.....

T. Brooks said...

Hey sweetie,

I'm all the way in Illinois sending you this message. I pray that they have you in minimum security prison and on the Christian deck/level of the prison. In the meantime, we're praying for you over here and I'll send this out to as many people as I know. Keep your faith and know that he'll work it out for you! We're going to write your govenor and the President! This is an outrage!! Please know this if you don't know anything else...Turn this into something POSITIVE! It might seem gloomy and hopeless, but if you turn this around and make it work in your favor, you've hurt them WAY more than any type of revenge could! Get your diploma, continue your education, and educate as many other young adults as possible! Make a change in the world from this experience! Then, laugh in their ignorant faces and tell them thank you for securing my place in Heaven amongst the angels and with MY Father! We Love you!

Anonymous said...

keep the faith, and stay strong and be encouraged that justice will prevail!

Anonymous said...

hey keep strong you will get out soon this whole thing is just stupid, you will get out and when you do you BETTER sew!!! cant beleive they will throw a young woman like you in prison for something so dumb.you are young,how can they throw someones life away like that and holding them back from their future.but beleive me you will not be there for long.you are in gods hands

Brooke Hawkins said...

Shaquanda, I just want to let you know that I will be praying for you and your situation. Psalms 31:24 says, "BE STRONG, AND LET YOUR HEART TAKE COURAGE, ALL YOU WHO WAIT FOR THE LORD." Remember that GOD is going work a miracle for you and all you have to do is stay strong and keep trusting in him. I used to live in Hugo, not to far from Paris, so I know how the people can act. Just remember GOD will make your enemies your footstools. Be encourage.

Anonymous said...

Shaquanda my dear please contine to pray. GOD answers prayers.

Much LOVE
Carl

REMY said...

SHAQUANDA, i KN0W THiNGS SEEM REAL HARD AND BLEAK RiTE BUT YOU G0TTA JUST TRY T0 STAY STR0NG AND KN0W THAT Y0U ARE iN C0NTR0L 0F Y0UR 0WN DESTiNY.. EVERYB0DY iS PRAYiNG F0R U GiRL.. "iTS CRAZY iT SEEMS iT'LL NEVER LET UP BUT.. PLEASE.. YOU G0T T0 KEEP YA HEAD UP..

Anonymous said...

My sister in the struggle,
Keep your head up, keep faith in God. I am outraged about this injustice. I just read this on facebook and I am writing my letters of outrage to the judge right now. I will be checking on this case. Stay strong this is a war on racism!

Word Up. said...

keep ya head up, don't let them pull you down. we are all here for you, and to help you fight. things will come around.

Stay strong sis

Word Up.

Anonymous said...

Keep your chin up and don't lose hope.

Anonymous said...

Dear Shaquanda,
I live in California and the news of your story reached me and to say the least I am dismayed and horrified. I hope with all my heart that someone will intervene on your behalf. You are now a symbol for everything that needs to change, your pain and trauma has a purpose! You are bringing into focus injustice in the US. You are bringing people together, and there is a wealth of love and feeling for you. We may not share the same skin tone, but you are a spiritual sister to me now.
with love and outrage
on behalf of my family and Me, your sister Alyssa Lee

Suzette Lee said...

Jesus loves you oh yes he does Jesus loves you oh yes he does
Jesus loves you oh yes he does
For the BIBLE tells you so
This is only a test your going through its going to be over real soon know that tey say GOD will not put more on you then you can bare oh but he will but he only does it so you can lean to him in faith and he will carry your heavy burdens so keep your head up and know that sometimes you have to encourage yourself lil sis! Feel free to write me
SUZETTE LEE
1805 DUPONT ST
FLINT MICHIGAN,48504
BE BLESSED AND REMEMBER TO ALWAYS PRAY

Anonymous said...

Shaquanda:
I don't know about God or Jesus or Mohammad or Buddah or where any of these words fit in to your life. Just know that you have some REAL people who care about what happens to you. There are some of us who are spreading the word about this terrible injustice that has fallen upon you and won't rest until it has been corrected. Keep your chin up and your hope alive.

Take care of yourself,
BryenB

Anonymous said...

My only advise to you is to pray. only God knows what you are going through. pray all the time and know that God is with you He will take you out of your misery. what was done to you was wrong, there's is no way anyone can possibly justify what was done to you. always remember that you have people out here praying for you. don't give up remember your God who created you when you feeling down. you are a beautiful intelligent BLACK WOMAN DON'T FORGET THAT. BE STRONG AND THERE ARE ALOT OF PEOPLE SUPPORTING YOU.

Tina m said...

Oh Honey.
my heart goes out to you.
This should never have happened.
My thoughts and prayers are with you Sweetheart.

Fairview Students said...

May god be with you through everything they put you through. Pray every night and god may lead you through.
God bless you child,
Students from Fairview
Elementry Hayward CA

Noemie said...

Shaquanda --

I wouldn't have expected anything about the US criminal justice system to surprise me. But your case is so extreme that I thought it was an urban legend till I saw the press reports.

I have a 13-year old son and I cannot imagine what it would be like for him to be jailed for anything at all -- let alone shoving a hall monitor. That is too young to be incarcerated except under the most extreme circumstances.

What on earth is going on there in Texas? Have they all completely lost their minds? And why have you been in jail for 10 months? Has no organization taken up your cause?

Oh my goodness, hang on tight there, Shaquanda. Hang on tight to your life and to your ability to feel joy and to move beyond this trauma once you are out of this terrible situation. I believe that people have nearly endless ability to heal.

Anonymous said...

I would like to say Pray that God will forgive you and you shall be set free. I have four daugthers Shaquanda and I teach them to stand up for what is right. We all make bad decisions sometimes, But Jesus is always there to comfort us when we call on His name. Call on Jesus and not the people. God will lead the people. Love you my sister.God Bless you

A_Robertson said...

Hello Ms. Lady, I can't really say that I understand what you're going through but I will say that I know you're strong enough to beat this. One thing I always say to myself when things go wrong is "Lord grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, strength to chage the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference". I have faith in you, now you need to have faith in yourself. And remember that if you were meant to leave this earth at this point in your life, God would've allowed you to kill yourself. You were made for purpose by purpose, so show the world that you can beat this. But most importantly, show YOURSELF that you can beat this. Much Luv!!!


-April-
Nickki42504@yahoo.com

LATASHA said...

It's not over!! We will fight this thing for you. We will make sure that your voice and story get heard. You're black people in Dallas, TX are with you 100% of the way. We are doing this for you and every single black person who lives in this place we call home. Don't think for a second that you are alone...because you are not. If I beat them, then baby you can too!!! I am praying very hard for you and will continue to pray for you. Just keep praying....they can't take HIM away from you. Just keep praying......

Anonymous said...

Shaquanda,

Hang in there my little sister. You are in my prayers. This kind of injustice can happen to any Black person of any age or gender in this country. Stay strong my little sister.

Peace,
Bro. Jon
Alkebulan Reference Center

Anonymous said...

I am so glad to see you get the support and attention that you need. Too bad you did not have that the first 14 years of your life. Maybe some of these people will come to Paris and try to do the same for the rest of your family. Maybe they can provide a place for people like you and your siblings so you can get the help you all deserve. Let them pray that they can find positive activities, besides getting high on the front porch or feeling that you need to be with any guy that shows you the lest bit of attention. I really hope you can bring yourself to ask God to help you in times of you and your family needs, and please don’t forget to ask him for the wisdom you need to get through this. I too will have this entire town in my prayers.

Anonymous said...

Seek Ye First the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you. Please pray, pray, pray! God will give you strentgh, and you will have peace.Hang in there every thing will be ok just give all that you have to God all you feel and think about, dont worry God will take care of His child. Much Love

Anonymous said...

Hi Shaquanda,

I am outraged by your story. Your towns legal system seems to be stuck in 1800s.

No real judge in his right mind would uphold your sentence and I encourage you to appeal at a state or even national level.

I am not going to say anything about God but I will say that if you can manage to keep yourself a good person, that will be the greatest gift that your racist town could ever give to you.

If you can get through this, and stay free minded (not to become a follower of the people you find yourself associating with), you will grow up with the strength and experience to really make a difference in your community and the ability to make another big step forward for civil rights in your country.

You will be one of the few people strong enough to take on Texas! Take on all the southern states that live in the past.

This could be a golden opportunity to learn first hand what is wrong with your town and even a state that would let this happen.

Don't get me wrong, I don't think they are really doing you any good by lockign you up but you will become a truly unique, brave woman from the experience. Don't let them break you, you sound like you have been through enough without them ruining your life.

I am not religious so I won't quote you anything from the bible. If you are religious, hold on to that, if you are not, when it turns to shite, think about people like Rosa Parks and remember that you have the potential to step into those shoes.

:) Dana

Anonymous said...

My heart hurts for you, but I'll do the little I can to raise awareness of your story.

Anonymous said...

Have faith in God, keep your head up, be strong and know that God can do anything but fail. May God bless you richly.

kepre said...

Hey, Shaquanda
I will be keeping you in my prayers. My heart really goes out to you and your family. This is unfair, unjust, and ridiculous that our people and especially our young children are facing such discrimination. I pray that you are released very soon, but if not please stay strong and rememember that alot of people are thinking of you, and love you. But never forget the love God has for all his children, and he will comfort you and guide you, if you allow him to, so put your trust in him and everything will be all right. We must not hate or have any hate in our hearts towards the people that have caused us a great deal of pain, but rather pray for them and pray for their soul and God will deal with them when the time comes. Let God handle all revenge, God is kind and God is Love and God will make every situation all right, according to plan. rememember you will be in my prayers. Should you need anyone to talk to anytime for support or anything please feel free to email me anytime at kepre07@aol.com

Anonymous said...

I know things look alittle cloudy right about now. Just trust in God and keep the faith...God may not come when we won't him be he is always on time!

Anonymous said...

Hi Shaquanda, having read the article about you, always remember, YOU ARE NOT ALONE. It is easy for me being 20,000 miles away but an injustice has been done. It is plain except to the founders of slavery. That is what the court system is about. Always has been. Read and learn about the system and hopefully you will find out a way to defeat it, if not, help others in the same situation. Be STRONG because that is how you win. NEVER give up hope. I will be thinking of you. Graham

Anonymous said...

stay up, dont let dem get u down. well kno da town of Paris, Texas is blatanly racist to the point where they are so blinded by it that they justify their actions as normal. its people all ova dis country prayin for u. keep ya head up ma

Anonymous said...

God bless you and your family. I'm praying that God will see you through the horrible travesty. I hope this encourages you to become a strong black woman and get a good education. Become a lawyer so you can fight for others.

Anonymous said...

Hello Babygirl,
One thing I have learned after Katrina is God always make a way...
Keep ya head up and know that God
has your back..
God BLess.

Anonymous said...

Shaquanda I am not sure what to say but I know I want to say something. Shaquanda stay with God. The devil is in our midst and he is trying to make God's faithful followers waiver in thoughts and beliefs. This is a very bad situation but you have to stay positive. Look at it as a test; a test of faith. And tell the devil that HE IS A LIAR! All the hurdles he is trying to throw your way you won't waiver but continue to believe. God is a miracle working God and "if you have the faith the size of a mustard seed you can have miracles larger than you believe"

They can take your freedom, take tangible and frivolous materials of the world but they cannot take your soul and what is in your soul.

Stay strong and keep an unwaivering heart

I Love YOU!!!!!!!!!!

---Lavonne Bishop

Kirsten Moore said...

I can't believe this has happened to you! How could a judge justify such a ridiculous ruling?! When I heard about your case I can honestly say I felt ashamed to be an American--I don't want to be a citizen of a country filled with so much hatred, injustice, and hypocrisy. One good thing about America is that the public can speak out about such injustices and bind together to become a powerful force. THIS WILL HAPPEN! The fact that I'm a stranger to you, and so are many many other people who have read your blog and posted on it (and it has only been up for a few weeks), and joined your facebook group attests to this. Public awareness is being raised and protests will be staged. This is how racism will be destroyed. By people uniting behind the cause and putting up a fight. Look at The Civil Rights Movement, probably the most important thing in 20th century U.S. history; it came about just like this: by people uniting and relentlessly fighting for change. It's called a movement for a reason, the people moved and pushed against the establishment until it too moved and changed its laws. Its the only way that anything big change ever happens. Shaquanda, keep that head up, know that people across the nation love you and are fighting for you. Be proud that you've set the ball rolling on a fight much bigger than your own. You've ignited a movement. A resurgence of a movement for justice and equality for all. This is the stuff that history is made of. I'm far away from you, living in los angeles and I've already been affected by your story. If I have to knock on every single door in los angeles to set you free I will, and I'm only one person, I'm sure many others feel the same way I do and put togtether that's a lot of doors being knocked on. Justice will be served! I know it. With such passion there is justice. Don't stop pushing until you get your way. None of us will stop pushing either. No is not an option. My heart and mind will be with you! Keep posting and updating us on your life, I'll encourage everyone I know to write to the governer, to notify local (and national) newspapers, magazines, and news stations. We Love You!

happyadoptingmom said...

We just read your story My family is praying for you. Stay strong in CHRIST Know you do not belong there and do not let the others around you bring you down. God will carry you through. I have written to the governor on your behalf. Love from Michigan

kevin said...

i second kimberly michelle's comments. i wish there was more i could do besides offer words of encouragement. the truth is that you are the victim of a deeply racist climate that has been brewing in these backwoods (rural) texas towns for some time. my hope is that you're the spark that ignites change. i'll forward this story along.

Anonymous said...

God bless you!

I found this story very appalling.

Although I do not know all the facts, this sounds extreme.

White, black, red or yellow the skin should not matter. This is just not right.

Keep your head up! You are in the thoughts and prayers of many in this country.

J.D. Marshall

Anonymous said...

we're comin to get you back.

DeWayne Barker-Finch said...

Shaquandra,
Just keep holding on. It is ALL going to work out. Just hold your peace and the Lord will fight your battle. I know what Paris is like. I am so glad that I left that hell-hole/one-horse town. Your mom and the Concerned Citizens for Racial Equality (CCFRE) have worked extremely hard and refused to give up. You can best believe that Judge Superville, Paris ISD, Paris, TX, and the racist/crooked police officers will have to give an account for this. Oh yes, JUSTICE will be served. It amazes me how someone can kill two people with a vehicle and only receive probation and be convicted of arson and only receive probation as well. I am praying for you and your mom. Everything is going to be okay. When you are released, walked with your head held high. Let God use you and continue to fight your battles for you. God Bless You. Amen! Romans 8:9

Anonymous said...

oh sweetie, my heart broke when i read your story, i got it from a friend on my yahoo list. i was horrified to hear of such behavior in our judicial system. i am a mother of 5 teenagers 4 of which are girls. i have been to the school many times due to their misbehaviors, your so called crime is nothing, not even worth the tax payers money to bring you into court. i could see okay maybe a detention or something along those lines. this is an outrage and i will definately be keeping and your family in my prayers. keep your faith sweetie, keep your head up because above all else you are a beautiful young woman. i will do all i can for you.
your new friend
kim

Chase said...

My heart goes out to you and your family.
Try to stay strong, we can all work together to put a stop to this injustice.

((S.BROWN))"09" said...

SHAQUANDA-

WE WANT YOU TO KEEP YOUR HEAD UP HIGH BECAUSE YOU ARE GOING TO MAKE IT THROUGH....AND EVERYBODY AT PARIS HIGH IS MISSING YOU LIKE CRAZY,WE WANT YOU TO COME BACK BUT THE LORD KNOWS THAT THERE'S NO COMING BACK TO P.H.S FOR YOU

WELL GOD SHALL BLESS YOU

LUV U LOTZ
YOUR CLASSMATE:
"09"((S.BROWN))"09"

Evangelist faith said...

Hello My little Sister!
this is your sister saying God will not leave you in there. However, when you do come out this event will be a lesson for you to teach others. Respect your Elders! God do not reward bad behavior. God loves you and wont leave you in there. But you must learn the value in respecting the Elders in your life.

Anonymous said...

dear shaquanda,
i've seen many levels of injustice, but this is being done in the open with no consequences for the judges decision. i pray that this will all come out one day. stay strong girl. don't give up on yourself or your faith. live. live to get your story out so this judge will not be able to take away another african-american childhood for a misdemeanor offense. an offense that the white victim's title was upgraded to "police" to make it a felony. you have many people from all over praying for you. and if it's any comfort, that judge too, will one day be judged. (probably not by the color of his skin)
much love
d.

LadyC said...

I'll be praying for you. Stay strong.

nick k said...

Dear Shaquanda,

Keep you're head up! In history we've been learning about Rubin Carter, the wrongly accused boxer, who was accused of murder. He was jailed, but eventually he got justice! Stay strong, many people will make sure you get your justice too!

I'll keep yuo in my prayers until you get justice.

Nick

Anonymous said...

Whoooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!! Just heard of your release and I'm absolutely bloody delighted! You should never have been in there in the first place. Look forward to seeing you on Oprah in the coming weeks/months. Bless you sweetheart, gain strength from coming through this horrible experience with your pride and dignity intact. Unlike those who did this to you, you can hold your head up knowing you did NOTHING wrong. Love Ann in the UK (again) xxxxxxxxxx

Anonymous said...

I am glad to see that you have been freed. Always rember that you have your black brothers and sisters behind you..... We are behind every step of the way, I wasn't aware of how serious this was until I read the news for my self. I was very-very angry about this and if I had to protest everyday until you got some kind of justice I will. They will not get away with anything...they have been doing dirt to black people for too long and one day that will end. So, little sistah keep your head up, cause you have a second chance and one thing that can not take away from you is your self-rightousness and your bravery.

crickett-tx said...

I just read that you are now home. how wonderful. you are a beautiful young lady . what happened to you never should have. some people are just not worth the space to breath in. they will go no where in life. but you will go very far sweetie. good luck to you.and rememeber we all love you.

Anonymous said...

Hi Shaquanda,

I am from Melbourne Australia and just read about your story in our Sunday newspaper. All I can say is that a case like yours will end up bringing about change. You must be strong as so many people will end up benefiting from your plight. Keep your chin up !!

Seamus

Anonymous said...

LA Times article says you are free today. The best way to defeat those who would detroy you is to suceed in life. Trust God, pray, study and live a glorius life. Do not be ashamed to talk to a caring professional therapist if you feel down. You will be alright.

S.E. KEYDA(WASHINGTON, DC.) said...

BABY SIS,

KEEP PRAYING, RAISE YOUR HEAD HIGH AND PLEASE DON'T GIVE UP!!!! WE ARE OUT HERE PRESSING THESE PEOPLE OUT TO A NO COUNT!!! ALL WE WANT YOU TO DO IS STAY FOCUS!!! TEXAS IS IN THE LIME LIGHT AND WE AIN'T TURNING THE LIGHT OUT UNTIL THEY FULLY INVESTIGATE THE JUVENILLE JUSTICE SYSTEM!!! YOU SEE BABY SIS THIS HAS BEEN GOING ON TO DAGGONE LONG!!! AND YOU'RE THE PRINCESS THAT WAS CHOSEN TO EXPOSE THEM!!!
STAY STRONG AND WISE
WE ARE PRAYING AND NOT PLAYING WITH THEM TEXAS FOLKS

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