Being white and dating a black man
Often a guy will say something along the lines of, ‘There was no racism where I grew up, we all just got along!
And when he admitted that I’d be the first non-white woman to meet them, I almost jumped off the train.
So, in 1983, when Frankie Gebhardt, a white Georgia man, murdered 23-year-old Timothy Coggins, a Black man, racism within the criminal justice system resulted in the investigation being terminated prematurely. The crime was motivated by racial hatred, prosecutors said.
But almost 40 years later, Coggins’ family will see Gebhardt imprisoned. He was charged with malice murder, felony murder, aggravated battery, aggravated assault and concealing the death of another. Coggins was stabbed dozens of times and dragged behind a vehicle in Sunny Side, about an hour south of Atlanta.
District Attorney Ben Coker said that he knew going into trial that evidence was missing, according to NBC News.“We took that head on,” Coker told reporters after the verdict.
“We owned it, and I think the outcome of the case speaks volumes about not only this community but law enforcement in this community, and the fact that times are changing, and times can change.”Prosecutors blasted authorities in Spalding County, Ga., for conducting a messy, racist investigation of the Coggins death back in 1983.