Hate Crime: The Story of a Dragging in Jasper, Texas
On June 7, 1998, James Byrd, Jr., a forty-nine-year-old black man, was dragged to his death while chained to the back of a pickup truck driven by three young white men. It happened just outside of Jasper, a sleepy East Texas logging town that, within twenty-four hours of the discovery of the murder, would be inextricably linked in the nation’s imagination to an exceptionally brutal, modern-day lynching.
In this superbly written examination of the murder and its aftermath, award-winning journalist Joyce King brings us on a journey that begins at the crime scene and extends into the minds of the young men who so casually ended a man’s life. She takes us inside the prison in which two of them met for the first time, and she shows how it played a major role in shaping their attitudes—racial and otherwise. The result is a deeply engrossing psychological portrait of the accused and a powerful indictment of the American prison system’s ability to reform criminals. Finally, King writes with candor and clarity about how the events of that fateful night have affected her—as a black woman, a native Texan, and a journalist given the agonizing assignment of covering the trials of all three defendants. More than a spectacular true-crime debut,Hate Crimeis a breathtaking work of reportage and a searing look at how the question of race continues to shape life in America.
What people are saying - Write a review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - briannad84 - LibraryThing
Had to read this after I read more about the case from reading American Honor Killings. I do remember when this happened, and it sounded horrible then - but reading furthur into detail about what ... Read full review
HATE CRIME: The Story of a Dragging in Jasper, TexasUser Review - Kirkus
Solidly reported by a Dallas-based journalist, the grim tale of the notorious 1998 murder of James Byrd Jr. and the ensuing legal and media drama.When three young white men dragged African-American ... Read full review