So here we are America; it’s year number two of post-racial bliss. And here I am coming at you with a post-racial update that exhibits just how far we’ve come. I actually heard about the following story a few weeks ago and meant to bring it to you my dear readers. You know how I do: wherever there’s racism, like Michael Jackson, I’ll be there… like a muthafucka. But this incident proved to be a bit much for my blood pressure. That is, especially after I came across the CNN video showing a brotha being intentionally ran over by a pretty huge pickup truck, after he was beaten senselessly by a group of racist kids. Do checkout the following story and video at the end via CNN:
Jackson, Mississippi (CNN) – On a recent Sunday morning just before dawn, two carloads of white teenagers drove to Jackson, Mississippi, on what the county district attorney says was a mission of hate: to find and hurt a black person.
In a parking lot on the western side of town they found their victim.
James Craig Anderson, a 49-year-old auto plant worker, was standing in a parking lot, near his car. The teens allegedly beat Anderson repeatedly, yelled racial epithets, including “White Power!” according to witnesses.
Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith says a group of the teens then climbed into their large Ford F250 green pickup truck, floored the gas, and drove the truck right over Anderson, killing him instantly.
Mississippi officials say it was a racially motivated murder. What the gang of teens did not know was that a surveillance camera was focused on the parking lot that night, and many of the events, including the actual murder of Anderson, were captured live on videotape.
[...] The group of teens that night was led by 18-year-old Deryl Dedmon, Jr., of Brandon, Mississippi, according to police and officials.
“This was a crime of hate. Dedmon murdered this man because he was black,” said Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith. “The evidence will show that.”
Asked if there could be any doubt whether the intent was to actually hurt and kill a black person, Smith responded: “No doubt about it. They were going out to look for a black victim to assault, and in this case, even kill.”
[...] As the teens were partying and drinking miles away from Jackson that night, in largely white Rankin County, Dedmon told friends they should leave, saying “let’s go fuck with some niggers,” according to law enforcement officials.
Yes, I know it’s hard to believe that something like this would happen in our post-racial society. But the truth is: post-racial damn sure doesn’t mean post-racist. And yes Mississippi has come a long way. Hell, it’s not like they’re hanging brothers from trees anymore. But with that said, the south is still the south: and, who knows how many hate crimes go unnoticed or overlooked. Oh, and the defense attorney has claimed that there is no evidence of this being racially motivated? I know it’s his job to see to it that his client avoids a conviction much like previous perpetrators of hate crimes. But there’s strong evidence in this case, not to mention the act was caught on tape. But hey, that doesn’t mean anything when the Black man is the victim. After all, those cops who beat Rodney King’s ass were acquitted first time around, right?