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Over the past couple years, in scattered places within these two sister websites, we have sometimes not so tactfully pointed out the higher -- oftentimes MUCH higher -- MORAL and ETHICAL DOUBLE STANDARDS to which the WatchTower Society has historically held Caucasian Jehovah's Witnesses, as opposed to the minimal moral and ethical standards to which it has historically held -- and still holds -- African-Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, and other minorities with whom the WatchTower Cult has had better recruitment success during the most recent decades.
Given the fact that the WatchTower Society has for decades repeatedly condemned the Catholic Church for "prostituting" itself for centuries around the planet by absorbing indigenous ethnic and cultural beliefs and practices which run counter to Biblical teachings and values, in order to promote membership amongst the native populations of Africa, Central America, and South America, we find it particularly HYPOCRITICAL of the WatchTower Society that, once again, it has quietly copied yet another policy and practice of its arch nemesis.
Given our large quantity of research over many years, it is no telling how many anecdotal accounts of reverse racism that we have occasionally stumbled across, read, simply shook our heads, and moved on without making record of such. Now, in mid-2016, we finally have created this new "dedicated" webpage to keep record of such examples of "reverse racism" found within the WatchTower Cult.
Active Jehovah's Witnesses who are African-Americans, Hispanics-Latinos, or other racial minorities, should find this webpage highly informative and educational as to what "rules" the WatchTower Society is enforcing mainly only against Caucasians, and to what "rules" the WatchTower Society often turns a blind eye when it comes to members who are minorities.

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"'We love coming to Reading,'" said King Whetstone, a member of the Camp Hill, Cumberland County, congregation and also a spokesman." -- "Volunteers Prepare Santander Arena for Jehovah's Witness Convention", READING EAGLE, July 14, 2023.

According to a online website which reports PPP LOANS, King Whetstone also is a "Independent Contractor -- Spectator Sports", who received a $10,004.00 PPP LOAN in 2021, which was "forgiven" four months later.


The Washington Informer
Black News, Commentary and Culture
By Stacy M. Brown
March 29, 2017

Director: Agriculture Census Important for Black Farmers (edited)

King [James] Whetstone, the first African-American Northeastern Regional Director of the United States Department of Agriculture's National Agriculture Statistics Service (NASS), oversees Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and Delaware and the six New England states. (Photo by Shalyn Whetstone.) [2022 SALARY = $155,280.00]

Five years ago, the U.S. Census of Agriculture revealed that the number of black farmers stood at 44,269, a 12 percent increase over the previous survey five years earlier.

Nationally, black farmers made up 1.4 percent of the country's 3.2 million farmers, while 33,371 African-Americans counted as principal operators -- the individual in charge of the farm's day-to-day operations -- a nine percent increase over the previous census while principal operators of all farms declined by four percent.

Although farms with black operators tend to be smaller than others and with fewer acres and lower sales, black principal operators sold $846 million of agriculture products in 2012, including $502 million in crop sales and $344 million in livestock while operating 3.6 million acres of farmland.

Today, as officials prepare for the current census, King Whetstone, the first African-American Northeastern Regional Director of the United States Department of Agriculture's National Agriculture Statistics Service (NASS), said it's imperative that all farmers, including blacks, respond.

[King James] Whetstone, who oversees Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and Delaware and the six New England states, said the census counts as a comprehensive summary of agricultural activity for the United States and for each state.

It includes the number of farms by size and type, inventory and values for crops and livestock, operator characteristics and other analyses.

"It's a complete count of U.S. farms and ranches and the people who operate them," said Whetstone, a Greenville, Texas, native who has spent more than 20 years at the USDA in various locations including in New York, Oklahoma, Hawaii, Arkansas and D.C.

He now lives in Pennsylvania with his wife of 15 years, April [Whetstone], and daughter, Shalyn [Whetstone].

[King James] Whetstone said even on small plots of land -- whether rural or urban --  growing fruit, vegetables or some food animals count during the census if $1000 or more of those products have been raised and sold, or normally would have been sold, during the census year.

NASS has created a new online form for the census to make it easier for respondents to participate. Also, mailings, telephone calls and other forms of contacting farmers are planned for the census, taken every five years. It looks at land use and ownership, operator characteristics, production practices, income and expenditures.

"Our goal is to make sure that we have a complete count," Whetstone said. "The census [data] is used to help shape the future of agriculture now and in the years to come, so farmers are helping themselves by participating."

Through the census, producers can show the nation the value and importance of agriculture, and they can help influence the decisions that will shape the future of American agriculture for years to come, according to the USDA.

By responding, producers are helping themselves, their communities, and all agriculture across the country and they're also in line to receive various grants and other benefits that might be available for farmers. Officials stress that accuracy in reporting is key.

Historically, it's been a tough task getting blacks and other minority groups to respond, but Whetstone said it's vital that all reply.

"Part of my job includes making sure farmers want to respond to our surveys and censuses and that researchers choose to use our data because it is the most accurate and unbiased," he said.

Also, it's kind of personal. Recently, Whetstone discovered a World War I draft card of ancestor Neal Whetstone which listed his occupation as "farmer."

[King James] Whetstone's paternal grandfather also farmed in Lincoln, Texas, and a maternal grandfather, Lafayette Garrett, raised cattle in the south.

"I'm the grandson of a cattle rancher so intrepid that even after my then-70-something-year-old grandfather was kicked by a horse, he continued to ranch," Whetstone said. "I like to think I've inherited that tenacious nature and apply it to everything I do, even building awareness of the relevance of agricultural statistics."

"I have found that farmers respond to my agency's requests for information when they understand how official government statistics help them manage risks, conserve natural resources and promote a healthy agricultural production and marketing system in which they benefit," he said.


Minnesota Democrat Party Politicians Compete To Proclaim 
June 17, 2023
as JEHOVAH'S WITNESS "Norma Jean Williams" Day.

Recently deceased 81 year-old Jehovah's Witness Norma Jean Williams was the former co-publisher of the family owned and operated Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder, a typical "black" newspaper. Williams also was a radio personality on Twin Cities radio stations KMOJ and KFAI, and was an amateur stand-up comedian.

At the Celebration of Life, held at the Chambers Hotel in Minneapolis, the program began with Minnesota Black Music Association owner, Pete Rhodes, who was the master of ceremonies, sharing how he got his start as Norma Williams assistant. The published obituary was read by Michael Diehl, and then African-American State Senator Bobby Joe Champion read BOTH proclamations from white Governor Tim Walz and the Minnesota State Senate declaring June 17th to be "Norma Jean Williams Day". Exactly how the politicians treated Jesus Christ.



The September 8, 1981, AWAKE! magazine may be the first WatchTower Society publication to feature a sole adult African-American on its cover. Jehovah's Witnesses might expect that the 30 year old A-A female chosen for such a ground-breaking privilege to be a Jehovah's Witness with a lengthy history of service to Jehovah -- preferably even a "Bethelite", or other member of the "Special Order".

Frankly, we have not been able to determine when this honoree became a "Jehovah's Witness". She had been married in a Catholic Church in 1973, and her RICH, PROMINENT PARENTS had been baptized as JWs only since 1979.



Can you even begin to imagine that the WatchTower Society would permit
one of its regional spokespersons to also be the

NOT if that JW Elder was "caucasian"!!!


Black History Achievement Awards Celebrated Monday
Beaver County Times
October 27, 2019

Those who have made a difference in their work, in their church, and in their community will be celebrated Monday evening at the annual Black History Achievement Awards at the Marriott Hotel in Moon Township.

The Pastors Wives of the Churches of God in Christ's [COGIC] Second Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction of Pennsylvania will honor individuals who have given their time and talents to strengthen the lives of those they've met. ...

For 13 years, Kimberly [Marie] Woodyard Crespi struggled with unemployment, homelessness, isolation, and discrimination. She has survived. Faith and her belief as a Jehovah's Witness is the reason why.

When she was baptized eight years ago, [Kim] Crespi made a commitment to serve the Jehovah God, sought refuge in spirituality, and focused on becoming a better mother and person. Her plan to become self-sufficient included pursuing a college education towards future business ventures and investments.

She now holds an associate degree in business administration and is on track to complete a bachelor's degree in business admi[nistrat]ion in January. She is involved in community organizations including the YMCA, the United Way, and the National Organization for Victim Assistance.

Her journey for self-improvement has given her a positive attitude that she hopes will inspire others.

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Mourners packed the chapel Sunday at the funeral of Destinee Virgin, an 18-year-old who reportedly was running away from her ex-boyfriend amid midtown Columbus[, Georgia] traffic when she was fatally shot. Virgin, a 2018 Carver High School graduate, was shot to death Sept. 22. Her ex-boyfriend, Markel Ervin, 17, was arrested and charged with murder. He was out on bond after allegedly kidnapping her April 25. .... Some family members dressed in all white. Some friends wore "Long Live Destinee" T-shirts. ...

According to her obituary, Destinee was born Aug. 23, 2000, at Fort Benning. While attending Carver, she excelled at track and field and was a member of the JROTC program. Since graduating from Carver this year, she was attending a training program at the First Step Health Agency in Columbus to become a medical assistant. She hoped to become a pediatrician and also planned to join the U.S. Air Force. 

"She loved people," [AFRICAN-AMERICAN JEHOVAH'S WITNESS ELDER] Edwin Harris, who led the service, told the mourners. "She loved children." Then he posed the prevailing question: "Why are we here today?" And he offered three reasons by citing Bible passages: "We know that we originate from God ... but the whole world is lying in the power of the wicked." -- 1 John 5:19. "But know this, that in the last days, critical times hard to deal with will be here." -- 2 Timothy 3. "Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, so death took all men because all sinned." -- Romans 5:12. ...

[JW ELDER Edwin] Harris said, "God made us in a way that we were never to die. But yet, because of our first parents disobeying God, we find ourselves in this situation. But that does not leave us without hope. That doesn't leave Destinee without hope."

[JW ELDER EDWIN HARRIS] referred to the Regina Belle lyric -- "If I could, I would protect you." -- sung at the funeral by soloist Tracey Chrispin. "All of you who are parents most likely feel that way, that you would protect your children," Harris said. "The beautiful thing about it is, that when Adam disobeyed, almighty God Jehovah did not let him stop His purpose. He was not going to be defeated by a physical creature." God wants a world, Harris said, "with no more death, no more pain, no more tears." The Bible has the solutions to the problems we face, Harris said, to make a good name with God. He urged the mourners to comfort the family and "let them know that very soon there's going to be permanent relief." Harris concluded, "The times in which we live are going to continue to deteriorate, but we will continue to draw strength in our love for God and our love for one another." -- By Mark Rice, Ledger Enquirer, September 29, 2023, Edited.


The following EXCERPT is taken from a newspaper article entitled, "Hartford School Safety Officer Is At Home Settling Lunchtime Squabbles" found in the February 20, 2015, edition of the HARTFORD COURANT:

The high-pitched, controlled madhouse that is an elementary school cafeteria during lunch is when school safety officer Elpidio "Pete" Ramos becomes mediator-in-chief. ... Ramos' family moved from Puerto Rico to Hartford when he was 8. Around fifth grade, his father committed suicide, Ramos said, leaving his mother, then a city school paraprofessional and now an employee at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center, to raise him and his younger brother. ... There would be father figures at Quirk Middle School, the staffer at Hartford Public High School who mentored Ramos and recommended him for jobs, andthe pastors who stepped in after his father's death, said Ramos, a Jehovah's Witness. ... On a recent Friday, Ramos walked over to buy $25 worth of roasted chicken with his own money for the Parkville PTO's after-school Valentine's Day party. ... Ramos, whose name Elpidio stems from the Greek word for "hope," said he's partly motivated by the Bible and its principles on giving when he helps the PTO, for instance, or the Parkville Senior Center make Christmas wreaths. ... He also took up learning Portuguese with his church so ... [BS] ... .

Our only question is whether ELPIDIO RAMOS is a MINISTERIAL SERVANT or an ELDER???
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Racial - Ethnic - Cultural Composition of Jehovah's Witnesses living in the UNITED STATES

The Jehovah's Witnesses started out in the United States in the latter 1800s as an "Anglo-American" religion -- with nearly the entire membership being of northern European extraction. Having received only limited acceptance in North America and Europe, most membership growth in the past 40 years has been in third world countries located in Africa, Central America, and South America, and amongst people who have illegally immigrated from those continents to North America and Europe.

In 2016, in the United States, people of northern European extraction no longer constitute the majority of the WatchTower Society's membership. Only 36%, or less, of Jehovah's Witnesses in the United States are Caucasians, and most of these "white" Jehovah's Witnesses live in rural and smaller urban areas. In large urban areas, many non-JWs rarely if ever see a "white" Jehovah's Witness, and some urban non-JWs have even expressed the incorrect belief that the "Jehovah's Witnesses" is an "African" religion. Approximately 26-33% (probably under-reported) of Jehovah's Witnesses living in the United States are "African-American", with most living in urban areas.

By 2025, or earlier, the steadily increasing number of "African-American" Jehovah's Witnesses in the United States will likely exceed the steadily decreasing number of Caucasian Jehovah's Witnesses, thereby pushing "whites" down to the smallest racial group of Jehovah's Witnesses in the United States, other than "Asians/Others".

By 2020, or earlier, due to the FLOOD of illegal immigrants from Mexico and other Hispanic-Latino countries, and the targeting by the WatchTower Cult of these poorly educated persons for recruitment, Hispanics/Latinos will surpass "whites" as the largest racial/ethnic group of Jehovah's Witnesses living in the United States. Currently, 32-35% (also likely under-reported) of Jehovah's Witnesses currently living in the United States are Hispanics/Latinos.

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In 2016, we were made aware of an 80 year-old longtime African-American Presiding Overseer/COBE of a Congregation located in a small southern city of 30,000 people, who had just been forced to hand over his COBE status because he had passed 80 years of age. This African-American COBE has two sons -- either one of them who can be described as a "one-man crime spree" -- each having lengthy criminal and jail/prison records dating back for decades. This A-A JW Elder is not unique. Over the many years of researching our two websites, we have repeatedly ran across "minority" JW Elders who have probably found it more convenient for their family to hold their family reunions at the local county jail or state prison. What Caucasian JW Male living in a town of only 30,000 people, with two career criminal sons, would be permitted to be an Congregation Elder for decades, much less a Presiding Overseer/COBE???


We have just learned that the JW African-American Family described above in 2016 was NOT JUST ONE FAMILY -- BUT TWO!!!

We have learned that the WatchTower Society had TWO problem African-American families back in the 1980s where the FAMILY Patriarch was a PRESIDING OVERSEER, but several of their sons and grandsons were "ONE-MAN CRIME WAVES". BOTH A-A families lived in northwest INDIANA. What did the WatchTower Society decide?

Both A-A Presiding Overseers were made to relocate to not only the same Southern State, BUT to two separate congregations in ADJACENT COUNTIES. The two congregations were only 35 miles apart. Interestingly, the name of one county was nearly the same name as the city where was the second congregation. As indicated above, the population of one rural city was 30,000, while the population of the nearby second rural city was 20,000. "Confusion" of the two counties and cities by outsiders was a 150 year old established reality.

With no usable internet for the next 20 years, whenever one of the criminal children or grandchildren came from Indiana to "hide out" with Mom and Dad, and eventually then got into local trouble, any non-JW rumor or JW grapevine rumor would ASSUME such involved only ONE African-American JW family. The people who knew one family would assume it was that family, while those who knew the other family would assume that it was that family. Thus, at a minimum, half of the people would be wrong about any single rumor.

The net result was that such sleight-of-hand effectively buried this "problem" for 30 years, which allowed the WatchTower Cult to retain and take corporate advantage of having two African-American Presiding Overseer Couples.   


During the 1980s-2000s, the most prominent African-American Jehovah's Witness Elder in Indianapolis, Indiana not only did not believe in, nor support, the WatchTower Society's "NO BLOOD" policy, but he even would state such right inside the Kingdom Hall, although not from the podium. Most other JW Elders around Indianapolis were aware of this prominent A-A JW Elder's beliefs, and some Elders would still refer members of their own Congregations to this "apostate" African-American JW Elder whenever members potentially faced the blood issue. A-A Elder would plainly counsel such referees that "the WatchTower Society was WRONG on the blood transfusion issue", and that the referee should do whatever their conscience would permit to keep from dying unnecessarily -- keeping in mind that "whatever Brooklyn doesn't know won't hurt them".

The WatchTower Society evidently knew of this prominent African-American Elder's apostate beliefs given that he was the original "head" of the WatchTower Society's Indianapolis area Hospital Liaison Committee, but had been merely asked to resign once his apostate beliefs were revealed. How many Caucasian JWs under these same circumstances would have been permitted to remain simply as a JW in good standing, much less continue for years as a Congregation Elder???

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For decades, use of Kingdom Halls for weddings or funerals have been routinely DENIED unless both the participants/decedent AND their immediate families all have ranked as "exemplary" for lengthy periods of time -- that is, unless the participants/decedent are from large "minority" families.

Back around 2013, we received a report of a decades-long, repeatedly disfellowshipped/reinstated "hood rat" in North Carolina who received a "Kingdom Hall funeral" -- evidently because he was from a large African-American Jehovah's Witness family. We did a background report on that alleged hoodrat, and sure enough, he had a lengthy criminal record right up until months prior to his death.


In a September 2014 "Letter To the Editor" sent by an AFRICAN-AMERICAN JEHOVAH'S WITNESS GRANDMOTHER to multiple Harrisburg, Pennsylvania media outlets whom the JW GrandMother accused of being "disrespectful to his memory" during the reporting of the murder of her 18 year-old GrandSon, "Leaky", who was SHOT by his escaped-from-jail 15 year-old cousin. African-American JW GrandMother apparently found it "disrespectful" that media outlets were also reporting that her murdered 18 year-old GrandSon already had FOUR CHILDREN OUT-OF-WEDLOCK.


Here is an October 10, 2014 article from the PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE (edited):

[African-American] Teaira Whitehead, 16, of Homewood, was "known to law enforcement" (oftentimes a code phrase for "prostitute") before joggers found her dead and nude Monday afternoon in the North Side park, ... . ... ...[The District Attorney] said Teaira associated with known heroin dealers, ... . He said he would not describe her as a dealer but said she was a known heroin user. Officials are attempting to track down anyone who had contact with her between the time she last contacted her family, Sunday evening, and the time her body was found. Teaira's father said the family did not wish to speak with reporters. There will be a memorial for Teaira at 6 p.m. Monday at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, 8899 Frankstown Ave. ...


Early on Thursday morning, October 23, 2014, at around 1:13 A.M., a 20 year-old "exemplary" African-American Jehovah's Witness named Justin R. Rice, of Abbeville, Lousiana, was riding his motorcycle in a Lafayette, Lousiana, upscale residential subdivision, apparently at a high rate of speed, when he struck and broke in half a large masonry brick mailbox located on the opposite side of the street. An unconfirmed newspaper comment alleges that Justin Rice was being pursued by Lafayette Police. Justin Rice died at 7:00 P.M. later that same day (blood transfusions rejected?).

This "exemplary" A-A Jehovah's Witness Minister's funeral was conducted by Elder Derrick Sam at the Abbeville Lousiana Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses. Interestingly, in the published funeral notice, "local bikers" were encouraged to attend the Kingdom Hall funeral, and a member of the local African-American "PUSHING THE LIMITS" motorcycle club was named for additional information, along with listing his telephone number. The Abbeville Louisiana Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses appears to be unlike any JW congregation that we ever attended.


In December 2014, a KINGDOM HALL FUNERAL was granted by an Orangeburg, South Carolina Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses to an apparently NEVER-BAPTIZED 44 year-old African-American Male living with his JW Mother and retired military father, while estranged from 4/5 children -- most living in Georgia with/near mother. Deceased died from an undisclosed debilitating longterm disease.


It appears that "exemplary" African-American Jehovah's Witness, Willie James Sherman, age 47, who received a "Kingdom Hall funeral" at the Denmark, South Carolina Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses in October 2015, is the same "Willie Sherman" who won $250,000.00 from the South Carolina Lottery in 2009. The winning ticket was sold about 20 miles from Willie J. Sherman's latest home.


In August 2013, the KINGDOM HALL FUNERAL of "exemplary" Hispanic Jehovah's Witness, Gizelle Coria, of Holland, Michigan, was hosted by the Holland Michigan Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses. On an early TUESDAY morning, at around 2:15 A.M., Gizelle Coria, age 16, was riding on a bicycle along with an otherwise unidentified 18 year-old Hispanic male "friend", when Gizelle inexplicably jumped off the bicycle and was struck by a Hispanic driving an SUV. Coria was initially transported to Holland Hospital, but later died at Children's Hospital in Grand Rapids. Event times were either vague or erroneous in all media reports. Does anyone really believe that refusal of blood transfusions was not a factor in this eventual death?


In August 2015, a KINGDOM HALL FUNERAL was permitted for a 74 year-old AFRICAN-AMERICAN male who was NEVER a baptized Jehovah's Witness, named Raymond Leon Beard, of Hot Springs, Arkansas. Raymond Beard was granted the "privilege" to have his funeral held at the Caddo Valley Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses based solely on Beard's supposed decision to START "studying" with a local JW Elder while on his death-bed. Longtime Caucasian Jehovah's Witness families across the United States who have been denied the use of their local Kingdom Hall for the funeral of their "less-than-exemplary" loved-ones should be outraged at this RACIAL DISCRIMINATION, and their disgust should be directed toward the WatchTower Society and its discriminatory double standards.


In November 2015, a Jehovah's Witness Funeral was granted to an "exemplary" deceased MINORITY Jehovah's Witness. Eighteen year-old Martin Del Ray Garcia, a member of the Norwalk, Ohio Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses (baptized 2012), died in a single-car accident. This Jehovah's Witness apparently was so popular in High School (graduated May 2015) that Elijah Abraham White, an Elder at the Norwalk Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses officiated at the funeral held at Norwalk High School. Interestingly, a DELETED newspaper article indicated that Garcia, who lived with an Aunt rather than his Hispanic parents, was seriously dating the daughter of Norwalk's Chief of Police. At the time of Garcia's death, he was scheduled to "test"for entrance into the United States Air Force.


HESTERS: One of Toledo Ohio's Most Prominent African-American Jehovah's Witness Families

"Cindy Lavet Hester left her physical body on January 4, 2010, ... ... well respected by her peers in the field of staffing nurses. She affiliated herself with different community organizations such as Black Chamber of Commerce and P.B. Women's Democratic Party. ... She also was baptized as one of Jehovah's Witnesses and was a part of Richards Rd. West English Congregation. ... She is survived by her spouse, Benford E. Hester Jr., ... 'See You Soon My Queen" ... Funeral service 10 a.m. Tuesday at West English Congregation, Brother Anthony Lewis officiant."

OHIO v. BENFORD EDWARD HESTER. Benford E. Hester was arrested in August 2010 on charges of DUI and operating a motor vehicle without a license. Outcome unknown.

OHIO v. BENFORD EDWARD HESTER. Benford E. Hester was arrested in January 2005 on charges of physical control of a vehicle while DUI and Aggravated Menacing. Outcome unknown.


The African-American/Hispanic Lucero Family, of Billings, Montana, is one of the most prominent Jehovah's Witness families of any race in the states of Montana and Wyoming. Patriarch, Richard Lucero, died in 2002, and as an "exemplary" Jehovah's Witness, he was "privileged" with a Kingdom Hall funeral. Here is Richard Lucero's published obituary -- edited to highlight those parts of his "resume" which should jump out at Caucasian Jehovah's Witnesses:

Richard Lucero passed away Saturday, Sept. 28, 2002. ... Richard married Evelyn Best and together they made their home in Billings for over 61 years. Richard and Evelyn are survived by their eight children, Gwen Conner (Francis), Sandra Lucero, Evelyn Jenkins (David), Richard Lucero, Jr. (Betty), Felice Nero (Larry), Michele Terry (Melvin), Chandler Lucero (Robin), and Michael Lucero.

Richard supported his family as ... , a special deputy for the Billings Sheriff's Department, ... . ... Richard was the scoutmaster for the first minority Boy Scout troop, Troop 99. ... ... Richard was a devoted Jehovah's Witness and inculcated the truth to his eight children and many grandchildren. He loved ... reading the Bible. ... ... A memorial service will be held ... at the Jehovah's Witness Kingdom Hall at 405 S. 36th St. West.

This Editor, who was reared as a Jehovah's Witness during the 1960s, which was around the exact same time that Richard and Evelyn Lucero were rearing their NINE CHILDREN as Jehovah's Witnesses, can specifically recall on at least two occasions during either Kingdom Hall, Assembly, or Convention "talks", that the "BOY SCOUTS" and "GIRL SCOUTS" were equated with the "HITLER YOUTH", with the speaker and/or written material plainly indicating that children of Jehovah's Witnesses should NOT be members of such. Obviously, that organizational position would prohibit an adult Jehovah's Witness from participating in those same "worldly" groups. Not only was this African-Hispanic family Patriarch permitted to do so at some point in the past, but his JW Family even BOASTED of such in his 2002 obituary -- something most JW Families take the opportunity to "whitewash".

Regarding Richard Lucero's work as a "Special Deputy Sheriff", which is typically something a person voluntarily "chooses" to do part-time, non-JWs unfamiliar with the WatchTower Society's position on such should refer to our LAW ENFORCEMENT JOBSwebpage.

Clicking on some of the linked family names may also clue-in Caucasians as to why the WatchTower Society did not dare "mess" with this African-Hispanic Family, whose children are highly educated and very successful in "worldly" careers. Apparently, neither they nor their JW Parents paid much attention to the WatchTower Society's warnings against higher education, chasing successful careers, and intermingling with worldly people.


During the summer of 1975, a nationally syndicated newspaper article was gradually published nationwide, which heralded the career of a morbidly "overweight" police officer in New Haven, Connecticut, named Jimmy Jackson, aka Jim Jackson, who publicly boasted of being one of Jehovah's Witnesses. Jim Jackson was a pistol-packing beat cop who occasionally relieved the tension of dangerous interactions by dropping rhymes and lyrics about prostitutes and drug dealers which he had composed himself as a lead singer at "The Apollo" in NYC, and elsewhere. Jackson's band was named "Water Witch", and the three A-A females singers who backed Jackson were named "Black Magic". The 29 year-old had 5 kids. Does anyone know a Circuit Overseer by this similar name?

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CASTILLO v. ANTON CARATAN was a 1982 California Agricultural Labor Relations Board Decision/Order which is lengthy and more complex than is necessary to sort through for the purposes of inclusion here. For our purposes, we can take a look at two key figures in this case -- Jesus and Eloida Hernandez - an obviously HISPANIC-LATINO Jehovah's Witness husband and wife.

Non-JWs should understand that during the various unionization efforts which occurred in the United States in the early to mid 1900s, the Watch Tower Society always publicly declared themselves "neutral" regarding such, just like they supposedly are "neutral" in politics and all other societal controversies. Many a Midwest Jehovah's Witness autoworker sweated over whether they would or would not join the UAW, would or would not pay union dues, would or would not walk a picket line, etc. Essentially, Jehovah's Witnesses were permitted to exercise their consciences as to whether they would or would not join a union, but they could do nothing more to support the union than pay dues. If a strike occurred, JWs could not walk picket, but could "sweep the floor of the union hall, while the other members were out picketing". However, the National Labor Relations Act, Section 19, provides: "An employee who is a member of and adheres to established and traditional tenets or teachings of a bona fide religion, body, or sect which has historically held conscientious objections to joining or financially supporting labor organizations shall not be required to join or financially support any labor organization as a condition of employment; except that such employee may be required in a contract .... in lieu of periodic dues and initiation fees, to pay sums equal to such dues and initiation fees to a nonreligious, non-labor organization charitable fund ... ." Thus, rather than joining a Union and paying union dues, many Jehovah's Witnesses over the years have elected what is known as "the charity option".

Then, we run across Jesus and Eloida Hernandez, who are members of a certain group of people who have been heavily targeted for recruitment by the Watch Tower Society. Jesus and Eloida Hernandez were Jehovah's Witnesses. That was a fact, since this judge ruled that the conduct for which Jesus Hernandez was fired was disrupting work activities by preaching Watchtower doctrines to his fellow farmworkers farm while they were trying to work. This judge also ruled that this JW Employee's testimony was so "unreliable", that Hernandez's allegations of "unfair labor practices" against this employer were dismissed. According to this JW Employee's own testimony against this employer, the JW Employee told his employer that he was a UFW supporter who had been fired from a previous position for testifying against the previous employer for alleged "unfair labor practices". Either Hernandez was lying under oath in order to establish untrue allegations against this employer, or he was telling the truth, which means this Jehovah's Witness was involved in the migrant farmworker's movement of that era.

Given the Watch Tower Society's passion for tapping this new source of recruits, and the fact that the language and cultural barrier would keep derivations in doctrine from being discovered by the main body of American JWs, there may have been something very interesting going on in the southwest JW community in the 1960-80s. This certainly would not have been the first time the Watch Tower Society turned its' head to certain activities conducted by this group of recruits.


Given the WatchTower Society's supposed "neutral position" in all things "worldly", and given the info discussed below, we found it particularly interesting that in July 1969 that both the Associated Press and UPI reported that at the request of Cesar Chavez, director of the United Farm Workers of America, the WatchTower Society had agreed to join in the then ongoing nationwide UFWA GRAPE BOYCOTT, and that it was canceling all orders of California-grown grapes to be supplied to its concessions at its remaining summer Conventions scattered across the United States.


Epifanio Camacho, a self-described major player in the formation of the United Farm Workers of America, in his autobiography, THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF A COMMUNIST: COMMUNISTS ARE MADE NOT BORN, related that his wife was a Jehovah's Witness who supported him in his efforts, and that he himself was "a sympathizer with the Jehovah's Witnesses", who had not become an "official member" only because of his goals and work in the UFWA.

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Over the decades, the WatchTower Society has demonstrated a widely varying concern when it comes to its Jehovah's Witness members being involved in politics or participating in patriotic activities. Depending on what the WatchTower Cult has to gain or lose in any particular country or continent, and depending on the odds that an action/inaction will be discovered and publicly revealed, the WatchTower Society has turned a blind-eye to many violations of political neutrality by Jehovah's Witnesses across the globe. Over the decades, in multiple third-world countries, particularly in Africa, multiple active Jehovah's Witnesses have held appointed governmental posts which were much higher in political authority, political decision-making, and administration of government, than low-level common civil service jobs. We believe there currently is an active JW serving in a high cabinet post in one of the smaller southseas island countries.

In the United States, in 2008 and 2012, numerous African-American and Hispanic Jehovah's Witnesses went to the polls and VOTED for Barack Hussein Obama in both the primary elections and general elections. (See Footnotes #4 and #8 of this 2010 California court case to see newfound political muscle-flexing by a California Jehovah's Witness Grandmother who telephoned Obama only six months after his becoming President.) This was confirmed by multiple reports of WatchTower Society officials admitting such from the platform during Assemblies held in 2012. Attendees at multiple Circuit Assemblies and Special Assembly Days held in WatchTower Society Circuits composed of high percentages of African-Americans and Hispanics reported that one African-American District Overseer, two African-American Circuit Overseers, and one Caucasian Circuit Overseer all admitted that numerous "Jehovah's Witnesses" had VOTED in 2008, and warned their "minority" audiences against doing so again in 2012. One of the aforementioned speakers even stated that many Jehovah's Witnesses had attended Obama's inauguration and related festivities held in Washington D.C. in 2009. JW Voters supposedly included some JW Elders and JW Ministerial Servants who, when "caught" after the 2008 elections, were sufficiently wise in WatchTower ways to very cutely claim that they had relied on the WatchTower Society's "public" position that VOTING IN POLITICAL ELECTIONS was a "personal conscience matter", which no other Jehovah's Witness should criticize. Jehovah's Witnesses "understand" that such "public" statements are published in WatchTower publications so that WatchTower Society officials in less democratic countries have "plausible deniability" that the WatchTower Cult prohibits its members from voting. Thus, once again, the WatchTower Society wound up being "hoist by its' own petard"!!! Keeping the admission of this "problem" out of WatchTower publications and limiting the discussion of this "problem" to specific "assemblies" held only in certain areas of the United States successfully kept most Causasian JWs and non-JWs from learning about such.

More recently, in 2014, it was discovered that some Kingdom Halls in CHILE have been displaying the National Flag of Chile in their windows on certain national holidays in accordance with Chilean law which requires the exterior display of the Chilean Flag at public buildings on certain national holidays. When that FACT was more thoroughly investigated, it was discovered that other Chilean Kingdom Halls have even erected exterior Flag Poles in their front yards for the more proper display of the Chilean Flag on national holidays. Late in 2014, the Chile Branch Office of the WatchTower Society sent out a letter to all Chilean Congregations of Jehovah's Witnesses approving these practices. The letter not only approved the display of the Chilean Flag at Kingdom Halls, but also approved the possession and display of Chilean Flags at the homes of individual Jehovah's Witnesses. The letter explains that so long as the display of a Flag does NOT involve any ceremony or other act or expression of "worship", then the possession and public display of a Flag was acceptable at both the homes and Kingdom Halls of Jehovah's Witnesses. The letter supposedly leaves the matter to the conscience of individual JWs with regard to their homes, and to the "collective conscience" of the Body of Elders with regard to local Kingdom Halls.
Most online researchers have long been aware of the multiple decades in which adult male Jehovah's Witnesses in Mexico were authorized by the WatchTower Society to bribe Mexican government officials in order to obtain official government documents that indicated that the document bearer had completed Mexico's mandatory "National Guard" training and service, plus indicated that the Document Bearer was officially enrolled as a member of Mexico's military auxiliary. This hypocrisy occurred during the same years that WatchTower leaders in Brooklyn refused to allow Jehovah's Witnesses living in Malawi, in Africa, to pay 25c for that country's political party card, which effectively was nothing more than an additional "tax" given that there was only one political party in that country. Obviously, each contradictory decision was based on what at the time was best for the growth of the WatchTower Society -- not what was best for the individuals involved, nor even its own biblical interpretations. While African lives were expendable for sympathetic publicity in Europe and North America, nothing would be permitted to derail the WatchTower Society's ongoing expansion in Mexico.
Marie Peyroux Napa, officially known as The Pa Tapaeru Teariki Upokotini Marie Arika, was the most prominent of six High Chieftainesses of the Cook Islands from 1992 until 2002. Born in 1947, she converted to the Jehovah's Witnesses after her marriage in 1968. (Marie's husband was an active, devout JW, and it is believed that there are a number of other "chiefs" and sub-chiefs, and their families, in the Cook Islands who are also Jehovah's Witnesses.) She was invested with the title "Pa Ariki" in 1990, and served as President of the House of Arikis (similar to England's House of Lords) from 1992 through 2002. She was appointed Consul in Auckland, New Zealand by the Cook Islands Government in 2002, and remained in that post until March 2008. In 2003, she was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire. "Arikis" are MEDIATORS between GOD and men. Does that "office" sound familiar?

Although it is a small, isolated country, NEPAL, has for decades been in the international political limelight due to its ongoing negative relationship with its neighbor -- the People's Republic of CHINA. Due to obfuscation, it is difficult to say for sure when he was baptized as a Jehovah's Witness, but the #2 political figure in Nepal as of the latter 2000s, named TULSI GIRI, is an ACTIVE Jehovah's Witness. Tulsi Giri has been in-and-out of political power in Nepal since the 1960s, and he even spent many years in political exile in India before returning to power in Nepal in 2005. What was Tulsi Giri doing in India when he left in 2005? Tulsi Giri was working for the WatchTower Society at its India HQ!!!

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Click here to see an unretouched photograph of an African-American Jehovah's Witness GrandMother wearing a GAUDY, OVERSIZED "JW.bORG" SIGN on her lapel as she accepts an award at the WHITEHOUSE from BARACH HUSSEIN OBAMA in May 2016. That award was accepted by JW GrandMother -- herself the child of a police officer -- on behalf of her murdered POLICE OFFICER Grandson who was shot and killed while on-duty in 2015, when two armed robbers entered the Philadelphia GameStop where her 30 year-old video game enthusiast Grandson was shopping. After shooting and killing Grandson Police Officer, one of the escaping robbers was wounded by Grandson's Partner, whom had been waiting in the Duo's patrol car. Click here to read how the "JW.bORG" views Jehovah's Witnesses who work as police officers.
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In April 2016, after the death of the Jehovah's Witness formerly known as "PRINCE", the DAILY MAIL interviewed at PRINCE's Minneapolis, Minnesota Kingdom Hall, a WatchTower Society-designated "Elder" (retired WatchTower Society "District Overseer"), named George Cook. When questioned about PRINCE's alleged drug use, George Cook stated that the WatchTower Society did NOT have a problem with PRINCE's reported addiction to prescription drugs -- which were allegedly obtained both legally and illegally -- because "that's a personal matter". Heaven knows that a Jehovah's Witness's local Body of Elders would never involve themselves in one of their member's "personal matters".

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November 17, 1962

Willis Family To Attend 3-Day Witness Assembly

[Photograph: THE WILLIS FAMILY -- including two sons and one daughter.]

Jehovah's Witnesses are preparing fur a three day assembly to be held at Cass Tech High School from November 16 through 18. They will assemble to hear Bible Discussions and to call on the people in the area to bring them a message about the Kingdom of God.

Among the delegates who will be assembled will be Mr Woodrick Willis Sr. and his family of 4303 W Philadelphia, Detroit. Mr. Willis, who has been a Witness for 15 years, will assume the duties of Literature Servant at the assembly.

He will supply the Witnesses with literature to be placed with the people whom they meet in their door to door ministerial activity during the assembly.


The Willis' are devout in their religious beliefs. From the date, July 6, 1947, when Mr. Willis made a public declaration of his
faith by being completely immersed in water, a busy life in the ministry ensued for he and his wife, Mrs. Mary Willis.

[Photograph: MRS. MARY WILLIS ACTIVE IN THE MINISTRY -- assisted by son, Woody Willis Jr.]

Mr Willis is the presiding minister of the Midwest Unit of Jehovah's Witnesses. One of his many duties is to make persons welcome to the Kingdom Hall. There are over a hundred persons attending the Midwest Unit, and each person is given individual attention in their progress to spiritual growth by Mr. Willis. This he does by assisting them in resolving any problem that might hinder the effectiveness of their ministry.

Although much time is spent helping others, this is not to the neglect of his family. Spiritual growth is assured for the family
because Mr. Willis recognizes that one of his responsibilities as head of his household is to personally study the scriptures with
his family.

Although Mr Willis has more responsibility than the average Witness, he must go to the homes of the people with Bible truths,
in fulfillment of the command found at Matthew 24:14. He regards it as a privilege to be able to explain the Bible to others. He expects to visit many homes in the area where the coming assembly is to be held.

Mr. Willis works in an automobile factory. (UAW member) His secular activity permits the others in the family to spend 100 hours or more teaching and preaching from house to house and studying the Bible with others. Mrs. Mary Willis has been active 15 years, since the year 1947. Ernest and his sister Patricia have also been devoting 100 hours per month teaching and preaching about the Kingdom.


The training that Woodrick Willis Jr. received in the Bible from his father and in the Ministry School (there is one in each
congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses) has not only enabled him to give public lectures on Bible subjects, but has qualified him
to become a Ministry School Servant. His responsibility is to train others to become effective speakers and teachers. [Woodrick] Willis, Jr., age 21, attends the West-Central Unit of Jehovah's Witnesses. He said,

"We regard this assembly to be, as all the others have proven to be, a spiritual uplift to the community and to those who attend
it. In a society where virtues are rapidly vanishing, mainly because of the lack of Bible knowledge and applying the principles found therein. It is vital for those who want life under God's Government to get a firm grip on the word of life, the Bible. This assembly will allow many people in the community an opportunity to learn of the peaceful solution to many problems through the Kingdom of Jehovah God."

Persons interested in gaining a knowledge of the Bible are invited to attend all sessions of the Assembly. They are free with no collections taken.


Twelve years later, in 1974, another newspaper article was published in Detroit which again featured the Jehovah's Witness WILLIS FAMILY and their WatchTower Society activities. See if you can spot the subtle differences. (We'll help you out.) In addition to Woody's humorous portrayal of his JOB at the then WatchTower Cult World Headquarters in NYC, Woody completely failed to mention that his father and mother had been traveling for the WatchTower Cult as a Circuit Overseer couple since 1963. Even after Mary Willis died in 1990, the Cult moved Woody Sr. back to Detroit and had him "substituting" as a C.O.

And, if Woody truly was at Bethel for only ONE YEAR back in the early 1960s, then he got "FIRED". Also, as you read about the "toughness" of Woody's formative years, keep in mind that Woody's parents were baptized when he was 5 years old, and his father became an "elder" the very next year. Do readers understand how "straight" an 18 year-old has to be to be accepted for a position at WatchTower Cult World Headquarters -- especially during the early 1960s? Can you image how differently the Cult would have reacted in the various situations if the Willis Family had been Caucasians?

October 13, 1974

Willis Got the Glamor Job By Working in the Trenches

[Photograph: Woody Willis]
As Woody Willis remembers it, it was in 1966 that he decided he wanted to be a broadcast newsman. He had no training and no experience. But he felt that broadcast news, in his words, "fit a pattern of public service that I felt was important." It would be two years before Willis, still without experience, stepped in front of a TV camera as a street reporter for Detroit's WKBD-TV, Channel 50.

Now, just over six years later, Woody Willis sits in the co-anchor chair of Channel 2's 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts. He is one of the most important broadcast newsmen in the Detroit area. It sounds easy and that bothers Willis. "It's come as the result of a lot of hard work," he says. "And it is not at all certain that I'm a success."

At the time of decision in 1966, Willis was 25 years old, and he says, "I had no clear direction for my life." After high school, he had studied a year at New York's Bethel Academy, a religious school. He became a licensed practical nurse. He worked two years at Northville and the Lafayette Clinic as a psychiatric nurse. He also played semi-pro football with the Toronto Rifles and, in 1965, he tried out with the Hamilton Tigercats.

He had studied at Bethel with the idea that he might follow his father, a minister. The nursing course came partly because, says Willis, "I thought I might wind up in the jungles like my sister." Mrs. Patricia Jackson, Willis' sister, is a missionary in the Caribbean. A brother, Ernest, is a Detroit salesman.

Willis was enjoying life as it came along, he says, resisting pressure from his father who urged him to settle down. But there also was a girl named Wanda Fralin, whom he married in 1965, and then, a daughter, Jael, now 8. The name is Biblical, says Willis, and a favorite of his mother. "Marriage," says Woody Willis with his twinkling grin, "has a way of changing a man's outlook." He applied for jobs at two radio stations. At one the news director told him, "You read like you were doing the news for television." But there were no jobs and he let the matter ride. After the ...


From Tough Kid to Nurse to Anchorman, Woody Willis Is a First in Detroit TV 

1967 riot which "unfortunately," says Willis, was the vehicle which opened many doors, particularly to blacks, he decided to try again. 

In July 1968, he walked Into the Southfield studios of Channel 50 and asked for an audition. He ad libbed a three-minute interview or the station's news director Alan Todd and was hired on the spot. 

Willis was launched into a round of 10-hour days, seven-day weeks, handling all kinds of stories. He recalls that he would be in danger in a dope pad on one assignment, or possibly shaking the president's hand. His inexperience was an advantage. He was as much the man on the street as the reporter on the street. 

"I didn't realize the responsibility that went with the job," he recalls. "When I did, I got nervous." 

Channel 50's newscasts, anchored by Ken Thomas, who is Willis' co-anchor now at Channel 2, were maverick operations, on at 10 p.m. in a market where 6 and 11 p.m. were the traditional TV news spots. 

"We did more human interest and consumer stories so that our coverage would be different," says Willis. "They were the sort of stories that other television newscasts are just starting to do now." 

BUT THE Channel 50 news operation slid into deficit and low ratings and the station curtailed its news involvement. Thomas left Detroit. Willis moved to Channel 2. That was 1971. 

After two years of street reporting and special assignments that included hosting "Focus: Detroit," a public affairs program, he was teamed with Wally Scott for four weekend newscasts. The combination was a success. Viewer acceptance was high; so was management approval. 

When Jac LeGoff decided to leave for another station, Channel 2 was left with a revised newscast made for two anchor positions but only one newscaster, Thomas, who had returned to Detroit. After a month of indecision and tryouts, Willis was given the job. 

It took him a week after station manager Robert McBride and news director Richard Graf had told him the anchor seat was his for Willis to realize the implications. 

"Suddenly I had a knot In my throat," he says. "I couldn't sleep. I stayed up until 3 or 4 a.m. working chess problems."

[Photograph: Woody Willis, wife, and daughter]

There was an element of "gee whiz" too. 

"When I was a kid," says Willis softly, "I used to see Jac LeGoff. When I went to work at Channel 2, 1 couldn't treat him like just folks. He's such a fine gentleman; such a nice guy. 

"Now, here I am facing the same people who have watched Jac for years."

Willis is the first black to anchor the major weeknight newscasts. He does not pretend that in an area where blacks make up an important part of the television audience and in a time when government pressures are on broadcasters to hire minorities that his race had nothing to do with his getting the job. 

But he feels his background goes beyond a single group. 

"I don't think I have any cultural blinders," he says. "I grew up around many groups and I took the trouble to involve myself in their lives; to find out their beliefs and their goals. In our neighborhood, when St. Joseph's Day came along, it was special for me too." 

WOODRICK WILLIS JR. was born Nov. 11, 1941, in Detroit's old Black Bottom section. 

The Willis family lived in Chase Alley and that, says Willis, is literally what it was, an alley. He was born at home. "Doctors made house calls then," he smiles. More important, it cost less. The hospital was a luxury to a poor family. 

"It was a violent area," says Willis. "The police traveled in fours and rarely on foot. If your parents stayed together you were among the few lucky ones." 

The Willis family moved to the edge of the Douglas Project, into a temporary building made of plywood a man could put his fist through. But to the Willis family, "it was a castle compared to where we had been before." 

"We were on welfare but we didn't miss the material things," says Willis. "We couldn't afford them and that was it. It can create hostility but you can make hostility into a good thing. It can give you the determination to better yourself. To some extent, I wouldn't take anything for that part of my childhood. (See above. Father was UAW, who made so much money that his wife and three children "pioneered".)

"I don't know if my daughter will be better for never having known hunger. Occasionally, my wife and I take her down to where I grew up the buildings are gone but the area still is grim. We call it 'reality orientation.' I think kids need to know what It is to struggle." 

At Sherrill School and, later, at Chadsey High School.Willis saw more than one of his schoolmates lose the struggle and turn hostility to violence and crime. More than one of his boyhood friends died violently, he says. 

Willis admits he was close to being one of them. He describes himself as a "rough, combative" boy. The mischief he shared with his buddies came close to getting him sent to Ellis, a school for disciplinary problems.

Through grade school and junior high there was little focus for him or his classmates, he says. Black youngsters were not encouraged to think of careers or professions. 

In some cases, they were not encouraged at all. He recalls an English assignment, a 500-word essay. Willis worked over his for three days. The teacher gave him a failing mark. 

"She thought I copied it, because it was good," he says, and adds,"She was black." 

IN HIGH SCHOOL he found encouragement from counselors and a outlet for combativeness in football. 

He did well in the academics. English and history were his favorites, not surprising since his parents encouraged reading. By the time he was 15, Willis had read the Bible, the Koran and other books on religion. 

His parents' quiet encouragement, he says, was the main reason Willis stayed out of serious trouble. "My sister and I were the first in our family to graduate from high school," he says. 

Albert Harris, father of several schoolmates, introduced Willis to chess. "I'm grateful I was taught to play. I've learned object lessons from the game, particularly about not making early moves that take away later options. I'd like to study chess more to get to tournament level. Now, with regular hours, perhaps I'll have a chance." 

Then there was former Olympic sprint champ Eddie Tolan, who helped Willis find inner drive. "He was at Kronk recreation Center one night when I was doing some running. He told me that I was fighting myself and helped me understand what I was doing wrong. Running, you know, is probably the purest form of sport. Success depends on the man's own resources." 

Woody Willis does not see himself as a celebrity. Life has not changed too much since he took on the anchor Job. His family lives In Northwest Detroit and they hope to stay there. Jael knows that people react differently to her daddy now but she can't remember when he wasn't on television. 

Willis is pleased that he can be a success image for young blacks. "It helps when kids find out you came from a tough background and made it." 

Both races have learned much in the last few years through contact with each other, he says. His own education included such things as covering the anti-busing upheaval in Pontiac. 

"There is nothing more depressing than covering a riot," he says. "It is hard to fathom that kind of anger. But as a newsman, I learned that no matter how much is directed at me, as a media man, it is impersonal. 

"I REMEMBER walking into an anti-bussing rally at Wismer Stadium in Pontiac and being asked to sign autographs. The next day, the same men and women were throwing rocks in my direction. 

"Later, I was told by some of the people that the contact may have helped them personally. They said they were surprised that I could be so objective in my reporting of the story," he recalls. 

"Objectivity is important. If the facts are reported clearly, people can make up their own minds. And you must not talk down to them. It is an insult when a newsman makes the presumption that the audience has only an eighth grade intelligence. 

"And I don't think that a newsman should be involved in commentary. That means making personal judgment. I don't believe that people will accept facts as unbiased after you have injected yourself into a story."


Overcoming addiction: A mother's love brings son back

Ms. Marlene has had nearly 1,000 sons with the Ball State football team, but nothing compares to the thrill of getting her biological one back.

[PHOTO] Jamal Mitchell and Marlene Mitchell at the First Presbyterian Church in Muncie before a Narcotics Anonymous meeting Thursday night. 

MUNCIE, Ind. The calls would always come between 2 and 3 a.m. Sometimes they awoke Marlene Mitchell, but sometimes she was already up. She couldn't sleep knowing her son was on the streets of Muncie for days on end, living as if he was homeless and searching for his next hit of cocaine.

She always wondered: Was he in jail? The hospital? Or was he dead? If it was Jamal's voice on the line, she always knew what he wanted. A ride. Or money. Or both. Her husband of 43 years, James, usually told her not to go. "Now don't you go picking him up," James would tell her. But this was her son. It didn't matter that Jamal was a grown man who repeatedly stole from his parents and wasted all of the opportunities with which they had blessed him. She still would drive over and inevitably need to do some smooth talking to help him escape trouble.

Jamal knows he's lucky to be alive to tell that story now, just days before the most special Mother's Day of his life.

There was one time about 10 years ago when Jamal disappeared for several days, on a bender with three guys in a trailer near the Muncie Bypass. They were guzzling cheap vodka but needed their next high. They went through Jamal's hookup, and the dealer showed up to collect the $200. He promised he would be right back with the product, but needless to say, he never returned. "There's no honor among thieves," Jamal told his group, but they didn't believe him. They thought he set them up. They told him they would kill him, throw him in the pond nearby and that no one would ever find him.

Jamal panicked. No one knew he was out in this trailer, which was about a quarter mile away from the nearest road and surrounded by the owner's dogs. He nervously called Marlene.

Once again, she arrived to pay the debt and save the day. On the ride home, Marlene couldn't contain her anger. "I should've let them whoop your (butt)," she said. "Is that what it takes for you to wise up? Do you think they were playing when they say they would've put you in that pond?"

"And like a good addict," Jamal says now of that conversation, "what did I do? I said to her, 'Drop me off here, mom!'"

No matter how hard it was, Marlene always chose her son. No matter how many times Marlene chose her son, her son always chose his next hit.

After Marlene's rescue mission succeeded, she dropped Jamal off at his rental house. But Jamal shrugged off the near-death experience and disappeared into the night, looking for the next high.

While Marlene's repeated attempts to reach her one biological son continually failed, she stayed focused. Since Bill Lynch hired her in 1998 as Ball State's football secretary, she estimates she's had close to 1,000 players -- and she considers them all sons. Marlene's fingerprints are all over a lot of different things around Muncie, like being a Jehovah's Witness to coordinating an after-school tutoring program, but perhaps her greatest impact is serving as a mother figure to about 100 football players each season. In an environment filled with testosterone-charged men, the woman they call "Ms. Marlene" is the balance.

"She was my mom away from home," says former wide receiver KeVonn Mabon, who is originally from St. Louis. And that's always been her promise to each recruit and his family that comes on a visit. She vows to be the liaison from the parents to the player, to watch over them as if they were her own kids as they adjust to college life.

Last spring when cornerback Josh Miller's mom passed away, he confided in Ms. Marlene. "She helped me through that and got me back to church," Miller says. "She talked to me when I couldn't talk to anyone else."

One of her favorite players over her 19 seasons -- which spans the tenures of Lynch, Brady Hoke, Stan Parrish, Pete Lembo and now Mike Neu -- was Andre Ramsey, a 6-foot-5, 308-pound offensive lineman from Cordele, Ga., who played from 2005-08. She would catch him moping down the hall, talking about quitting. Finally one day, Marlene stood him up against the wall. "What's your problem?" she asked. Ramsey started to cry and admitted he was homesick. Sensing he was on the brink of transferring, she calmed him down and wrapped him in a hug. Ramsey never did transfer and wound up playing on the practice squads of six NFL teams.

"I don't think people understand what kind of impact she has had on the football program," says offensive coordinator Joey Lynch, the son of Bill, who has known her since junior high. "Her hand is in everything."

And as she has tried to be a light inside the Ball State facility each day until she retires June 2, few inside the facility knew or could understand exactly the inner turmoil she was experiencing -- with her husband and her son.

Marlene has been married to James Mitchell for 43 years. She was a cheerleader at Southside while he played basketball Central, with each of them graduating in 1972. They got married two years later and soon had the type of home that was the envy of all of Jamal's friends, simply because it was stable. Neither smoked nor drank more than the occasional beer. Jamal now calls it "the perfect situation."

Jamal, a three-sport athlete who graduated in 1995 from Central, first tried hard drugs at Indiana University. He got on academic probation his junior year and never went back, and that's when hard drugs were no longer a social thing. For the next two decades Jamal was consumed by addiction. His only prolonged stretch of sobriety was a six-month period when he visited his cousin Chandler Thompson overseas as the former Central and Ball State basketball star played professionally.

Jamal rotated between living in Muncie and Indianapolis, doing anything to feed the addiction. He stole money from his parents. He stole things, like a bike, to sell. His parents gave him a car, left for the weekend and returned to find he sold it for drug money. Marlene vividly remembers one time returning from a trip to Auburn for a football game and driving down Walnut at 3 a.m. She saw Jamal, walking away from their house, and turned the car around to try to pick him up. He refused.

Nights like those hit at the heart of the inner conflict that consumed Marlene. Was she helping Jamal by always being there for him? Or hurting him? Jamal knows his parents often disagreed with how to handle his situation, and it put a strain on their marriage. Amanda Whitten, a clinical supervisor at Meridian Health Services, said it's no longer the responsibility of a parent to discipline every bump in the road. All they can do is show support in those dark times as it is ultimately up to the addict and his or her sponsor.

"One of the harder things for parents," Whitten says, "is when your child is struggling with anything, you want to take responsibility for success or failure, so in a recovery situation it can be easy for parent to want to take on too much."

Nothing might have ever changed if not for an incident that Jamal says now "saved my life." To make a long story short, one of his friends set him up. In September 2016, Jamal was charged with two counts of dealing in cocaine and one count of possession of cocaine. His lifestyle had finally caught up to him. There he was with five kids and no job to support them, and he was living in a house with no heat. [charged with child neglect]

While Jamal pushed away his three sisters, his father, his kids and his girlfriends, Marlene refused to be isolated. She wrote a letter to the judge begging for Jamal to be released to her on electronic home detention, and it worked. So at 40 years old, Jamal Mitchell moved home to sleep in the same bed he did as a child, his life in pieces.

Over the years, Marlene guided James through Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, and she took care of one of her daughters after she was shot. Now, she had her chance with Jamal.

"I don't know how she does it without crumbling," Jamal says now. "I put up the man facade, but I don't know if I could handle all that on my plate. To disregard your own stuff and constantly put (family) first ..."

If you could see Jamal now, the way he talks and commands a room, you'd almost never believe he hated going to Narcotics Anonymous meetings at first. He arrives an hour early to set up the chairs and make coffee. At a recent meeting, with Marlene at his side, he confidently led the group's readings and offered words of encouragement. He has been clean about nine months, his longest stretch in about two decades.

But he hated these meetings initially, and that's one of the reasons Marlene knew he needed to be living with her. She offered daily encouragement, like leaving Christian literature on his bed every day to make sure he stayed focused. She started trusting him with money as he earned it. She pushed him to continue to go four N.A. meetings per week, as was required, and Jamal began to love those so much, he now goes to at least one every day, and sometimes two.

For one class, Jamal's homework assignment was to have someone he hurt write a letter detailing all of the pain he caused. He chose Marlene, and she was brutally honest. She wrote about how he was a con artist and betrayed her trust over and over. But through it all, she still loved him. It brought Jamal to tears as he came to grips with the last two decades.

The sadness Marlene felt when she heard from folks around town that Jamal was hanging with the wrong crowd isn't forgotten, but it's in the past. There are no more 3 a.m. calls. The past eight months, Marlene has never slept better.

"He's lost a lot over those years. We've lost a lot, as a family," Marlene says. "Getting back to this point, I'm glad to see the Jamal I know. The Jamal I raised. That guilty feeling is starting to leave me, like what did I do wrong? I'm still asking myself if I'm doing this right."

Jamal's last day living with his mom will likely be Mother's Day, as he is due to appear in court Monday and expects to be released to home detention in Indianapolis with his girlfriend and children. For his best Mother's Day yet, he is planning something simple, like a hanging flower basket for the front porch and maybe cooking dinner.

"You don't see that good, old-fashioned, unconditional love," Jamal says. "... That goes a long way. That goes a hell of a long way, especially for someone whose only love was his next hit." -- STAR PRESS, May 13, 2017.



Most poets can't hit a quarterback hard enough to separate his shoulder. Most [African-American] Jehovah's Witnesses don't attend Catholic universities. Most college football players don't have time to work three jobs, maintain a high grade-point average, and engage in volunteer work. Irish fifth year senior linebacker and co-captain Brandon [Darnelle] Hoyte is not most people.

In fact, he is the exception to almost every rule. More of a self-proclaimed leader than a follower, [Brandon] Hoyte has little interest in limits. His parents moved from Trinidad to Harlem when Hoyte was three years-old in order to create better educational and social opportunities for him. Since then, Hoyte has seldom allowed any opportunity to pass him by -- whether it be academic, athletic, spiritual, or career-oriented. ...

This drive and determination carried [Brandon] Hoyte from Harlem to Brooklyn to New Jersey to South Bend, and finally to the head of Charlie Weis's emerging football dynasty. At the beginning of the 2005 season, Hoyte's teammates voted him -- along with quarterback Brady Quinn -- as team captains. Such trust could not have been better placed. ...

"The guys picked me as captain --  which is a tremendous honor -- because I must have been doing something right. Play with passion -- that's what it comes down to. Everyone knows how much you love the game and how you play -- just play with passion," says Hoyte. ...

If nothing else, [Brandon] Hoyte is a team player. Despite not being a Catholic, Hoyte attends pre-game masses with the team because he says that he views Mass as part of the Notre Dame football tradition and part of his commitment to his teammates.

"I wasn't a Jehovah's Witness until right before I came to Notre Dame. It was just something that I wanted to do for myself," says Hoyte.

"I look at pre-game masses as a team thing. I do it to be with my teammates and be part of the team. This is the way it's been done for a long time, and we go out on the field together, so we do this too."

[Brandon] Hoyte stresses that while at Mass, each man can offer his own prayers in his own way. He says that the unitary aspect of the team coming together to do something spiritual before taking the field is the important part. At the end of the day, there are few things that Hoyte wouldn't do for his teammates.

"I have such high respect for my teammates. If anything, I want to stress that because those guys put in so much work and so much effort and I just respect them so much. At the end of the day, I'm honored to be their teammate," says Hoyte. ...

Although [Brandon] Hoyte is committed to his role on the football team and his artistic endeavors, he is also committed to his education. He says that academics were the primary motivation for attending Notre Dame. "I came here for the opportunities," remarks Hoyte.

"You can go anywhere else in the country and the opportunities are unmatched. There are schools that have great tradition. There are schools that have great football. There are schools that have great alumni support and connections. But in my honest opinion, there is no other school in the country that puts it all together at this level." ...

The 22 year old poet hasn't wasted any time while at Notre Dame. He has earned Academic All-District honors in 2002 and 2003 while pursuing a double major in business management in the Mendoza College of Business and psychology in the College of Arts and Letters. ...

While he will leave Notre Dame at the end of this year, Hoyte plans to continue the athletic and professional pursuits that he initiated in South Bend. "Hopefully I'll have the opportunity to play in the NFL and further my education in commercial real estate," says Hoyte. ... -- "A Man For All Seasons", By Katie Stuhldreher, Nov. 4, 2005, Edited.

ARIZONA v. BRANDON DARNELL HOYTE and CALIFORNIA v. BRANDON DARNELL HOYTE (2018-22). Three assault charges issued March 2018 in Phoenix, Maricopa County, Arizona. Victims allegedly were multiple law enforcement officers.  FTA due to incarceration in San Diego County Jail in California for several months. Outcomes unknown.

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