15-Year-Old Black Boy Forced to Leap to Death After Sending “Holiday Love Letter” to White Girl

4 Posted by - November 14, 2018 - Injustices, LATEST POSTS

#Willie James Howard, 15-years-old, sent cards to all his co-workers at the Van Priest Store in Live Oak, Florida. After all it was Christmas, and Howard was in a cheerful mood. Unlike the other cards, Willie’s card to Cynthia Goff, a white store employee, revealed that Howard had a crush on the young girl. In his greeting card to the young girl he simply expressed that he someday hoped white people and #black people would like one another. At the end of the text he wrote: “I love your name. I love your voice. For a S.H (sweetheart) you are my choice.” He signed it Y.K.W (You Know Who).

Although, the card was only meant for Cynthia, her father, Phil Goff read the card. He took two friends along with him to young Willie’s home and demanded to see the boy. Despite Willie’s mother pleading with the men, they dragged Willie away, and then they later kidnapped Willie’s father, James Howard from work. The white men drove the two Howards to the embankment of the Suwanee River, they bound Willie’s hands and feet and stood him near the edge of the water. The men told Willie he had two choices, either he could jump or be shot. Young Willie jumped into the cold water. His father was forced to watch at gunpoint. The next day Willie’s body was pulled from the river.

When questioned by the police, Goff and his accomplices admitted to taking Willie to the river to punish him. But they only had plans to scare him; however, Willie became hysterical thinking that his father was going to whip him and jumped in the water unprovoked. Willie’s father feared for his life so he signed a statement supporting the white men’s account that night. Shortly after the signed statement, James Howard and his remaining family fled Live Oak.






  • Kim April 22, 2017 - 11:12 am Reply

    What year was this?

  • Velma Phlegm Watson May 6, 2017 - 1:56 pm Reply

    I am an old school sister who is, as Fannie Lou Hammer said, ” I am tired and sick and tired, ” of this type of behavior. In the name of the Father, Son, and the Holy Ghost, these White Men will meet their true Justice in due season for doing and forcing this young man and his father into a terrible racial situation. White Women and Black Men are getting together and why can’t White Men accept this. They forced themselves on Black Women and all other cultures of Women for hundreds of years and are now still killing Black Men for their admiration and relationship with White Women. Now, White Men, how are you going to feel when your children are decimated one way or the other for what you did to this young Black Man and his father. I am saying, God have Mercy on your souls, because your days are already numbered and your sinfulness of what you did to this family is waiting to unfold itself on you all.

    • Cassandra Goosby September 5, 2017 - 5:40 am Reply

      AMEN, the bible says be not received God is not mocked for whatsoever a man sows That shall ye also reap! America has to reap for their evils just like everybody else! They won’t even acknowledge what their forefathers did was EVIL and legal!

  • Dorothy Sawyer May 6, 2017 - 3:50 pm Reply

    Wow how horrible and sad 😢!!!

    • marcel January 11, 2018 - 9:58 am Reply

      i would have killed those two men we had a bunch of coward men back then

  • charles incharge May 7, 2017 - 8:54 pm Reply

    the writer forgot to mention this story happened in 1943.

    • Cassandra from Greek Mythology May 20, 2017 - 9:42 pm Reply

      Yep, right about the time that the Trumpsters want to go back to, aka: Make Amurica “Great” Again”.

    • Trees June 14, 2017 - 4:03 am Reply


    • Ti September 2, 2017 - 2:57 pm Reply

      It doesn’t matter it still happened.

  • Robyn May 16, 2017 - 2:06 pm Reply

    Sad, Sad, Doesn’t really matter what Year it happened, Just to know it happened and NOTHING was DONE about IT!!!! Just as the writer before me Stated, God has the Final Say and Due Judgment will take it’s course. I’m a firm Believer in the Lord Fighting Battles for those who do nothing wrong and get abused wrongly!! When ever I read about these types of cases and it is a Lifetime of cases and things are going on Right Now in 2017- it is just Sad!!! Prayer keeps me focused and not in Hatred for Wrong Doings. Let’s Pray for Peace!!!!

  • Cynthia tarver May 24, 2017 - 11:42 am Reply

    A fascinating piece of history. Thank you.

  • Trees June 14, 2017 - 4:06 am Reply

    God I could get so deep in a white girl pussy… I can feel my nigger dick inside her rosy pink bush.

    • Cherry July 10, 2017 - 8:24 pm Reply

      Annnnd that’s the kind of talk that disgusts white women like me about black men like you. Ick.

      • Jen July 26, 2017 - 11:10 pm Reply


        Trees is not black. He is a white supremacist troll.

      • Lee Parker September 2, 2017 - 9:45 am Reply

        How do you know he’s black ma’am?

        • SFrankly September 2, 2017 - 3:07 pm Reply

          It if all a black man would have said nigga instead of nigger. That would have been the proper slang. That is the reason why we know that Trees is white.

        • SFrankly September 2, 2017 - 3:08 pm Reply

          It if all a black man would have said nigga instead of nigger. That would have been the proper slang. That is the reason why we know that Trees is white.

  • SFrankly September 2, 2017 - 3:12 pm Reply

    Sometimes I hate auto correct.
    If anything at all a black man would have spelled the word nigga instead of nigger. The word nigger is not what we use for slang.

  • marcel January 11, 2018 - 10:02 am Reply

    something can be dun now our people still dont stick together like all these black republicans who stick by trump side they are traitor in the army they would be shot

  • Stormy Gabriel November 20, 2018 - 2:38 pm Reply

    This didn’t have to go this far. The men could have spoken to Willie’s father and gave him a warning to have his son realize that miscegenation is frowned upon still in this day and age, no matter what he may see others do.That this White Man – the father of this young lady (the object of his son’s affection) would not tolerate this in his bloodline. If Willie was as fearful as was said of his father administering a whipping to him he would have got the message clear with a firm verbal speech from his dad.

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