The common thread woven in all of the historical stories Smith shared and what he’s facing now is the mindset of white America according to him. “Blacks will never be good enough,” he said. “No matter what we achieve, no matter what we accomplish, no matter how far we’ve come, there is always a ‘but.’”
Smith, 46, of Jackson, is charged with two misdemeanor counts of simple domestic violence and two felony counts one for aggravated stalking and the other robbery. He vehemently denies all of the charges and has evidence according to him that will be shown in court to prove his innocence. “When we have our day in court this will be proven and most people will be surprised by the sequence of events,” Smith said.
Smith, like many others, believe the reason Attorney General Jim Hood is working this case so aggressively in Rankin County is because he [Hood] knows he would never be able to convict Smith in Hinds County by a jury of his peers. “What you are basically suggesting is that if we get to Rankin County (a county that is predominately white), we can get a conviction,” Smith said with strong determination.”