The Daily Agenda for Tuesday, January 28

Jim Burroway

January 28th, 2014

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From The Blade (Washington, D.C.), June 1977, page 23.

 
The Windward Resort started life as a classic mid-century post-war motel on Florida’s famed A1A Highway catering to families making the exotic trip to the palm-lined beaches of North Miami Beach. By the 1970s, newer and more fashionable options abounded all over South Florida, and the Windward Resort was catering to a much more niche clientele. The property is now the site of a twin high rise condo development where prices for the larger units top out at over $7 million.

TODAY IN HISTORY:
Three Year Old Murdered for Being “Soft”: 2005. Ronnie Paris, Jr. was had a hard life at the hands of his abusive father. He was only one year old, in 2002, when he had been admitted to the hospital for malnourishment and a broken arm. The Florida Department of Children and Family Services removed Ronnie from his home and placed him in protective custody. On December 14, 2004, five days after this third birthday, he was returned to his parents. Just a month later on January 22, he slipped into a coma while sleeping on the couch of a family friend as his parents attended a Bible study. He died six days later from brain injuries.

Ronnie’s mother later told detectives that her husband, Ronnie Paris, Sr., had repeatedly beaten his son, slammed him into walls, and forced him to participate in father-son boxing matches until he would shake, cry, and wet himself. Ronnie’s father did all this because he though his son was gay, so he beat him to keep Ronnie from growing up “soft.” Ronnie Paris, Sr. was convicted of second degree manslaughter and aggravated child abuse and was sentenced to 30 years in prison.

TODAY’S BIRTHDAYS:
Richmond Barthé: 1901-1989. Mississippi-born Richmond Barthé spent his formative years in New Orleans, where his parish priest, Father Harry Kane, encouraged his aesthetic development as a painter. But since he couldn’t enroll in art school during his teenage years because of segregation, he remained self-taught until Kane was able to get him enrolled in the Art Institute of Chicago. During his senior year, Barthé discovered sculpting and never looked back. He moved to New York, won a Guggenheim fellowship (twice), and became a celebrated figure of the Harlem Renaissance. His work explored both race and eroticism. When crime in New York began rising after the war, Barthé moved to Jamaica. With crime rising there in the 1960s, he moved to Switzerland for five years, then to Pasadena. When he moved to an apartment above a garage, the city decided to name the street after him. There, he worked on his memoirs and editioned many of his most important works, with actor James Garner being among his most important patrons. He died in 1989.

Bobbi Campbell: 1952-1984. An early AIDS activist, Campbell was the 16th person in San Francisco to be diagnosed with Kaposi’s sarcoma, one of the more common opportunistic infections associated with AIDS. He came by activism rather simply but boldly: by simply refused to hide his face, he became known as the “KS poster boy” in 1981 when he began writing a column for the San Francisco Sentinel (see Dec 10)  He gained nationwide attention on August 8, 1983 when he appeared on the cover of Newsweek holding his partner. That same year, he co-founded the People with AIDS Self-Empowerment Movement, and helped establish the Denver Principles which rejected the notion that people with AIDS (PWA) were “victims” and demanded the inclusion of PWAs in all aspects of organized responses to the epidemic, including the right to make informed decisions with regard to their own care. He died of crypytococcal meningitis, a complication from AIDS, on August 15, 1984.

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And feel free to consider this your open thread for the day. What’s happening in your world?

Paul Douglas

January 28th, 2014

I’m always amazed at the stuff I learn on this site.
Thanks, Jim!

jpeckjr

January 28th, 2014

A few years ago, at our local
Transgender Day of Remembrance, I had Ronnie Paris’s name and story to name aloud. Hardly a day passes that I do not think of him. Thank you for telling his story today.

Kevin F

January 28th, 2014

Ronnie Paris’ story is truly heartbreaking.

Regan DuCasse

January 30th, 2014

Thirty years in prison isn’t good enough, Sr. Should have been executed.
As all parents who murder their children should be.
The kinds of brutality and longtime torture children endure at the hands of their caretakers, usually makes conviction easy and reasonable doubt unlikely.
I know there are a few of you here who are against the death penalty.
But I can assure you, killer parents aren’t THAT slick.
No reason to doubt their guilt much of the time, nor any reason to think they have ANY defense for what they do.
I resent any murdering parents still breathing, every last one of them.

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