By Dina Temple-Raston
A unprecedented account of the way a small Texas city struggled to return to grips with its racist prior 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 highway through a trio of younger white males. It didn't take lengthy for the citizens of Jasper, Texas, to profit concerning the homicide or to fret that the identify in their city might develop into the nation's shorthand for hate crimes.
From the preliminary research in the course of 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 compelled to confront not just a grisly crime but in addition antebellum traditions approximately race. Drawing on broad interviews with key gamers, journalist Dina Temple-Raston introduces a amazing forged of characters, from the baby-faced killer, invoice King, to Joe Tonahill, Jasper's white patriarch who can't comprehend the furor over the killing. There's additionally James Byrd, the hard-drinking sufferer along with his personal darkish previous; the prosecutor and protection 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 domestic
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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