By Dina Temple-Raston
An amazing account of the way a small Texas city struggled to return to grips with its racist previous 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., was once chained to the bumper of a truck and dragged 3 miles down a rustic street by means of a trio of younger white males. It did not take lengthy for the citizens of Jasper, Texas, to profit in regards to 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 loss of life in Texas tells the tale of the notorious Byrd homicide as noticeable during the eyes of enlightened Sheriff Billy Rowles. What he sees is a neighborhood pressured to confront not just a grisly crime but additionally antebellum traditions approximately race. Drawing on huge interviews with key avid 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 safety legal professionals; and invoice King's father, who's death 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 backstage in Jasper, Texas, to inform the tale of a city the place racism and evil made itself at home
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A Death in Texas: A Story of Race, Murder and a Small Town's Struggle for Redemption by Dina Temple-Raston