Dina Temple-Raston's A Death in Texas: A Story of Race, Murder and a Small Town's PDF

By Dina Temple-Raston

ISBN-10: 0805066527

ISBN-13: 9780805066524

An impressive account of ways a small Texas city struggled to come back to grips with its racist earlier within the aftermath of the brutal homicide of James Byrd, Jr.

On June 7, 1998, a forty-nine-year-old black guy named James Byrd, Jr., used to be chained to the bumper of a truck and dragged 3 miles down a rustic street through a trio of younger white males. It did not take lengthy for the citizens of Jasper, Texas, to benefit concerning the homicide or to fret that the identify in their city could turn into the nation's shorthand for hate crimes.

From the preliminary research throughout the trials and their aftermath, A dying in Texas tells the tale of the notorious Byrd homicide as visible in the course of the eyes of enlightened Sheriff Billy Rowles. What he sees is a group pressured to confront not just a grisly crime but in addition antebellum traditions approximately race. Drawing on large interviews with key gamers, journalist Dina Temple-Raston introduces a extraordinary forged of characters, from the baby-faced killer, invoice King, to Joe Tonahill, Jasper's white patriarch who cannot comprehend the furor over the killing. there is additionally James Byrd, the hard-drinking sufferer along with his personal darkish prior; the prosecutor and security legal professionals; and invoice King's father, who's loss of life of a damaged middle as he awaits his son's execution.

Just as Bernard Lefkowitz pulled again the curtain on Glenridge, New Jersey, in his vintage paintings Our men, Temple-Raston is going behind the curtain in Jasper, Texas, to inform the tale of a city the place racism and evil made itself at home

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