Eloria Newell James, Leader-Call (Laurel, Mississippi), August 20, 2009
A Jones County inventor has filed a lawsuit against two Internet server companies.
John Ishmel Henry of Soso, in May, filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi.
In his suit, Henry claims that “he was called and depicted as a n—-r on two of the Internet service provider search engines, AOL and Google.”
Henry, the original inventor of the vibrating toilet seat, was featured on the Jay Leno Show in November, 2008.
“The hypocrisy of this libelous and slanderous tragedy has caused me enormous mental harm, emotional suffering and sleepless nights,” he claims in his suit. “I am a true American and feel that I have the right to respond to such indignation in the court of law. . . . I believe in the freedom of speech, but I believe we all should be treated fair as citizens of America.”
Henry said he is concerned as to how these search engines affects him as well as others.
Henry said, he has suffered harm from the actions of the web sites and search engines.
“This is Internet racism and it’s something that affects the moral character of the American people,” he said. “It’s time that we work on racism in our country.
In July, Google and AOL filed motions in federal court requesting that the judge dismiss Henry’s suit.
Henry is also working on a book titled “Diversity and Racism: The Challenge of Mankind.”
“All Americans have been affected by racism and its horrible practices,” he added. “Many need counseling to some degree.”