By Beverly Gadson-Birch
I think it’s appropriate that I conclude Black History Month with the story of Timothy Dashaun Taylor. When I think about Timothy’s plight, I am reminded of Langston Hughes’ poem “Mother to Son”. The age-old mom had weathered the storms of segregation, discrimination and hopelessness. And no matter what life threw her way, she knew she could not give up. She had responsibilities and a son to provide for. In my imaginary mind, I can see the old mother with black scorched skin from picking cotton all day in the blazing hot sun and blisters on her feet from miles of walking to and from work in cardboard lined shoes. I can further imagine the old mother after a hard day’s work sitting across the dinner table explaining to her son why he had to attend a segregated school, read out of hand-me-down textbooks and use “Colored Only” water fountains and restrooms. In the mother’s encouragement to her son, she said, “Don’t you sit down on the steps. ‘Cause you finds it’s kinder hard. Don’t you fall now—For I’se still goin’, honey, I’se still climbin’, And life for me ain’t been no crystal stair.”
When I think about the orchestrated plan to incarcerate, denigrate and eliminate black men, I am reminded of Timothy’s mother, Joan Taylor, who is going through the storms of discrimination and hopelessness but refuses to give up on her son. And, she is encouraging her son “not to sit down,’cause you finds life hard” but to keep on fighting until you are free. The case has been ongoing since 2009. Ms. Taylor vows that her son is innocent and just another victim of “pin this crime on someone” in order to bring closure to the Drexel family and solve the case. In case you don’t remember, Timothy was accused of kidnapping and murdering Brittanee Drexel, a teenager from New York, visiting Myrtle Beach on Spring Break in 2009.
Below is a chronological account:
2009- April 25th -Brittanee Drexel, teenager from New York on Spring Break in Myrtle Beach, went missing
2009-August – Timothy Dashaun Taylor- Enrolled in NTI-Mooresville NC
2010-July 27th-Georgetown, Horry and Charleston County Sheriff Departments came in ransacked and searched their home stating they had a warrant for Timothy Taylor, Sr. in connection with an attempted kidnapping on Myrtle Beach SC-7/21/10 (Victim-Randa Massey-20 yrs. old)
2010-November 3rd- Charges for Timothy Taylor Sr. were dismissed and dropped
2011-Timothy Dashaun Taylor was arrested in connection with robbery of McDonald’s in Mt. Pleasant SC- (Timothy never entered business; left two co-defendants, called for help, and never went back to the McDonald’s)
2012-Timothy Dashaun Taylor sentenced to YOA-5yrs Probationary Sentence through State Court
2016-July-FBI-Arrested and detained Timothy Dashaun Taylor (Stating Indictment because of time served through state court sentencing was not enough)- As FBI arrested Timothy Dashaun Taylor, officer stated to neighbors that Timothy Dashaun Taylor was wanted for questioning in a kidnapping that took place in Myrtle Beach, SC
2016-August-Timothy Dashaun Taylor was released on $10,000 bond with ankle monitor at request of FBI agents
2016-October – Timothy appeared, via satellite, and his lawyers Mark Peper and David Aylor on The Dr. Phil Show to proclaim his innocence and seek the public’s help in clearing him of a crime he did not commit
2017-June, July-FBI presented a 10-yr Plea Deal (for the McDonald’s incident) if Timothy could give any information on Brittanee Drexel’s disappearance then the plea deal, and prison sentencing would go away
2017-October 31st-During an appointed meeting with Timothy and Timothy’s lawyer, FBI agents served Timothy Dashaun Taylor with a warrant stating that Timothy Dashaun had violated his ankle monitor agreement going to Dorchester Speedway to work on a race car (in which he did in means of providing for his kids and himself). He was given permission to leave home but was told he didn’t have permission to go to the Speedway
2018-January 30th-Scheduled for sentencing of Plea Deal (McDonald’s) forced by FBI agents because of his guilty charge in state court for 2011 robbery (Postponed and Continued for 6wks)
2018-Jan & Feb-Soliciting help from all organizations and community churches, leaders, for light to be shed on why the indictment of the 2011 robbery was re-visited when Timothy had already served his time
The Taylor family is vigorously fighting to clear Timothy and their family’s name. Timothy lost his left arm when he was four years old. He was 16 years old when Brittanee went missing. He is now 26 years old. This young man has not had a life. Please help Timothy and his family! It’s Timothy’s day today, but tomorrow it may be your son!
Won’t you please help? A Press Conference was held on Thursday, March 1 at 10:30 in front of the Federal Courthouse on Meeting Street and a March in support of Timothy is scheduled for Saturday, March 10 at 11:00 AM.