Vanessa Coleman Wants to Do Hair

She wants to be a cosmetologist and “do hair”. That’s Vanessa Coleman’s career goal. Channon Christian and Chris Newsome had career goals as well. They had career goals the night they were kidnapped at gunpoint by Coleman’s friends. They had career goals as they were tortured, raped, abused beyond all human imagination, and murdered. Channon was a Sociology major at the University of Tennessee. Chris was a carpenter. They will never fulfill those dreams. Instead they leave behind families who struggle to live with the knowledge their babies died horrible deaths. In a journal entry shortly after the crime Coleman wrote, “I’ve had one helluva adventure since I’ve been in the big TN.”
There have been questions about whether or not these were hate crimes or crimes of opportunity. The four men who along with Coleman have been convicted of the crimes are African American. Channon and Chris were white. “If this had been white on black crime, Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson and their ilk would have descended on Knoxville like a swarm of angry bees,” said musician Charlie Daniels on his webpage in 2007. Sadly this is probably true. But instead of criticizing Sharpton and Jackson shouldn’t we be wondering why no white activists stepped up to speak out for Channon and Chris? Chris’s mother, Mary Newsome, said, “It may have started out as a carjacking, but what it developed into was blacks hating whites. To do the things they did, they would have to hate them to do that.”
Knoxville, Tennessee does deserve credit for standing up against white supremacists that rallied outside the Old Courthouse protesting against Coleman’s possible parole. A local attorney, Chris Irwin, said, “We want to send a clear message to our town that these people are not acceptable, they never were, they never will be.” Even if the murders were a hate crime, Knoxville does not judge all African-Americans by the psychopathic behavior of the monsters who committed these heinous acts. The irony here is that the Ku Klux Klan was founded in 1865 in Tennessee.
In the end it doesn’t really matter if this was a black on white crime, a random act of violence, or a crime of opportunity. In the end two beautiful young people with their lives ahead of them, with futures that may have contained careers, marriages, and children have been buried for almost eight years. The hopes and dreams of their parents, their families, and their friends have been buried as well. The Newsome’s and the Christian’s sat in court today and spoke to the parole board. Undoubtedly they spoke of their children. Once again they had to see the photos of the atrocities performed on their children. Once again they had to face the horror of knowing there was nothing they could do to change that dreadful day.
Vanessa Coleman will not be eligible for parole until 2020, six years from now. That is the longest period she can be made to wait. With any luck she will be denied again. Another entry in Coleman’s journal after the killings said, “How interesting is your life? I bet it won’t compare to mine cuz I love my life.” You have to wonder how much she loves her life now. Of course whatever the quality, she is alive, unlike Channon and Chris. Even if she serves every minute of her thirty-five year sentence, she is alive.

5 thoughts on “Vanessa Coleman Wants to Do Hair

  1. I still think about this horrific crime. Till this very day, I believe it was a crime of opportunity turned hate crime. As a 52-year old black woman, I can honestly say that a large % of blacks have a geniuine hatred for ALL whites. Not all blacks, but a large % of them. I had no choice but to grow up around them (my own family) and among them within black neighborhoods. All throughout my childhood, blacks used racial slurs when talking about whites. Even though white people hadn’t done anything to them. These types of blacks are really the most dangerous and disrespectful people. I don’t view them as “women,” “men,” nor “humans.”

    The group who snuck up on an unsuspecting young couple on a date are subhumans. These are the black criminals the KKK would’ve lynched back in the 1800’s, and rightfully so. Blacks assume the KKK lynched/killed blacks mostly for the heck of it. Not hardly. Klansmen killed blacks because they had committed crimes against whites. And there were some cases where blacks handed over guilty blacks to whites because they had discovered that these blacks had indeed committed those crimes. And black on white crime was just as horrific back then as it is nowadays. It hasn’t gone unnoticed by some black people who agree that a large % of blacks are feral and out of control. Unfortunately, there are more bad blacks than good, decent black people.

    I believe the perfect punishment for these thugs would be to let Channon’s father get a hold of ’em one by one. Allow him to torture them any way he wants, even if it means killing them. He’s got my support. God bless the family and friends of Channon and Christopher.

    1. Thank you for your comments. I don’t know if there are more bad black people than good. I have too many friends who are people of color to make that kind of call. I think many minorities, not just blacks but Latinos, Asians, and poor women as well have been pushed to some pretty horrible behavior. But what this group of people (I hate calling them that) did was incomprehensible. It reminds me of what the Nazis did to Jews in Germany, what happened in Viet Nam on both sides during the conflict, and what is happening now in the middle east. When mankind is reduced to this kind of cruelty the problem has its roots somewhere I can’t fathom. Justice, true justice, seems to elude those left behind after such heinous crimes. In the end no amount of jail time, corporal punishment, or even death sentences will take away the pain and loss. God bless you for your courage and your words.

  2. Oh, I forgot to post my comments about Vanessa Coleman. I was sooo happy, happy, happy that she was recently denied parole. How they could even think of granting parole to a hoodrat who was part of a group of subhumans I’ll never know. She knew exactly what was going on in the house. She heard Channon’s and, I believe, Christopher’s also. And she didn’t find a wat to get them any help. Vanessa even took items out of Channon’s purse and put them in hers! That shows Vanessa didn’t give a damn nor did/does she feel any remorse. I say let her rot in prison for 35 years. I really wish she received life.

  3. I wish that they could take all five of them straight to the gallows and publicly hang them high. It sickens me when people who commit such evil are allowed to have life sentences, and get to live their lives out not having to worry about food, shelter, and are even given access to movies and television.

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