Death on the Fourth of July: The Story of a Killing, a Trial, and Hate Crime in America

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Palgrave Macmillan, 2004 - History - 242 pages
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On July 4, 2000, three young Asian American men visiting the small town of Ocean Shores, Washington, were attacked by a group of skinheads in the parking lot of a Texaco station. Threats and slurs gave way to violence and, ultimately, a fatal stabbing. But this tragedy culminated with a twist. A young white man, flaunting a Confederate flag just moments before, was slain by one of his would-be victims. In the ensuing murder trial, a harsh lesson on what it really means to be an American unfolded, exposing the layers of distrust between minorities and whites in rural America and revealing the dirty little secret that haunts many small towns: hate crime.
In" Death on the Fourth of July," veteran journalist David Neiwert explores the hard questions about hate crimes that few are willing to engage. He shares the stories behind the Ocean Shores case through first-hand interviews, and weaves them through an expert examination of the myths, legal issues, and history surrounding these controversial crimes. "Death on the Fourth of July" provides the most clear-headed and rational thinking on this loaded issue yet published, all within the context of one compelling real-life tragedy.
  

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Review: Death on the Fourth of July: The Story of a Killing, a Trial, and Hate Crime in America

User Review  - Tom - Goodreads

The author alternates chapters between those about the event in Ocean Shores and those about bias crime legislation. Although the entire book was very interesting, it bogs down in some of the longer chapters about legislation. Still, it is certainly worth reading. I learned a lot. Read full review

Review: Death on the Fourth of July: The Story of a Killing, a Trial, and Hate Crime in America

User Review  - Courtney - Goodreads

Not the most uplifting topic to read before bedtime but Neiwert certainly covers his bases on all kinds of hate crime. Most importantly he works to properly communicate what bias crime is and why that understanding is important for entire communities, not just minorities. Read full review

Contents

Chapter 1 The Knives
1
Chapter 2 Fireworks in Red
8
Chapter 3 Open Sores
17
Chapter 4 White Faces
33
Chapter 5 Growing Up American
42
Rashomon
57
Chapter 7 Hate American Style
63
Rashomon Redux
89
In Fear
150
Chapter 13 Wall of Silence
155
In Closing
171
Chapter 15 The Great Divide
175
Chapter 16 The Verdict
188
Chapter 17 The American Landscape
199
Notes
217
Bibliography
231

Chapter 9 The Hate Debate
95
Reason and Rage
117
Chapter 11 The Mythology of Hate
124

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About the author (2004)

David A Neiwert is a journalist whose work has appeared in The Washington Post, Salon, and MSNBC.com. He is author of In God's Country: The Patriot Movement and the Pacific Northwest and lives in Seattle.

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