Black Mississippi Man Beaten & Ran Over By Truck Driven By Racist Teen Caught On Tape

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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?

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Published on: August 9, 2011

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  • Deb

    “Hell, it’s not like they’re hanging brothers from trees anymore.”

    Yeah they do…Breaking News! Frederick Jermaine Carter Death Ruled A Hanging and not suicide -

    • Anonymous

      Yeah, Ank has a lot of posts on this in her blog. They’re still hanging people from trees and sometimes it’s considered a “suicide.”

      • Deb

        …sometimes it’s considered a “suicide.”

        Same shit, different day for Black folks.  “Suicide” and “accident” is a catch-all for beat to death, hung and worse.  Always has been.  Hell, in S. Africa, they beat Steve Biko to death until he was unrecognizable and said he’d died of a ” self-imposed hunger strike.”  I had just started my junior year of college – I’m 55 now.  The summer of my 21st birthday, we found my 14 year-old cousin dead on the beach, down the road from his and my grandmother’s house on one of the Sea Islands in SC.  He’d been missing overnite, we reported it to the police the next morning.  They did nothing.  We talked to his friends and found out the last place anyone saw him alive was on the beach.  We searched and found him, face down in the sand.  The autopsy said “no water found in lungs” – the police report and death certificate, however, classified his death as “accidental drowning” – case closed.  So you see, Pellinore – same shit different day.

        Tanya and Ank brought up emigrating elsewhere over at W.A.R.N. the other day.  I’m giving it some serious thought.  But not to Europe or Canada.  I’m thinking Africa, for a host of reasons… 

    • RiPPa

      Actually I knew about that case and was trying to be a smart ass about it, Deb. LOL

      • Deb

        I’m old, pissed-off and a little slow this afternoon Rippa!  :-)

  • Mwaters1966

    Rippa how are the black people in Mississippi responding to this?

    • RiPPa

      For right now everyone is quietly watching from what I see. But now that the video has been released, I hope there is some collective raising of all types of hell over this.

  • RiPPa

    What I didn’t mention in the post, is how pissed I am that the second teen arrested in this case isn’t charged with a hate crime as he should. He has a “simple assault charge,” when clearly their intent was to find any Black person they could and hurt them.

    • Deb

      Despite the fact that “being a party to…” usually gets you the same charge, this DA must’ve thought he couldn’t “prove” it.  Guess he wasn’t the one who said, “I ran that nigger over.” {smdh} 

  • SouthernGirl2

    OMG! It was so incredibly horrific! Only a savage would do such a thing to another human being! Give him death. Purge this filth from society!

    • Edwardg5549

      That’s EXACTLY what I said in my blog about this the other day SG. Goddamn HORRIFIC bs…is what it was. My God.

  • Anonymous

    “post-racial damn sure doesn’t mean post-racist.”
    It sure don’t. These bumboclaat think Obama is America’s Magic Negro. They couldn’t be more deluded, and that’s my primary issue nowadays when it comes to politics. 

  • Hop7169

    What kinda crap is this all of them should be charged with murder. It was part of the same crime and why haven’t they impounded the truck thats part of the evidence. Ya’ll better wake up in Mississippi and start manning up and striking back. 

  • Deborah

    he will have a lot of years to talk to a lot of brother to keep him company for years and years .I would love to be there and hear explain it to them … can you say toss my @@@ lord help him if he lives that long

  • Hal Phat

    After a black man killed in Jackson, MS, five more black fatalities yesterday in Jackson, MS:
    “Family members identified the victims as 28-year-old Dominique Henderson; her daughter Akyerria, 7; and her three sons Bryceston, 4, Cylor, 3, and Ethan, 2.”
    Father nowhere to be seen, Mom and family in taxpayer housing, all on welfare, food stamps, medicaid and even the latest craze: ‘Doh-pid’ Disability-whereby any Special-Ed kid is eligible for social security disability. These five will not have the opportunity to participate in future flash mobs called for by posters here.

    • Deb

      “Father nowhere to be seen, Mom and family in taxpayer housing, all on welfare, food stamps, medicaid and even the latest craze: ‘Doh-pid’ Disability-whereby any Special-Ed kid is eligible for social security disability.

      This comment – totally unrelated to a Black man being damn-near beaten to death and then murdered-by-pick-up – speaks volumes.  [Tracy – now THIS is what Sam was talking about!]   What does any of what you said have to do with this young woman and her young children dying in a fire??   Your compassion just bowls-me-the hell-over there, Shallow Hal {SMDH}

      And by the way, according to the AP:   Linda Henderson said her daughter worked as a hairdresser and was in her last year of study to become a medical assistant.

  • Agnes

    why no body call help? or at least help james?

  • Master Sergeant Malone

    This is sad to the max. No excuse. The whites should be punished. I’m thinkin’ life without! Same for the black mobs of pant saggin’ thugs roaming the streets and singling out whites. Works both ways!!!!

  • Melrosie13406908

    this story hurt me :(. no one deserves to die, for no reason. many people are comparing about blacks killing whites, but u cant compare. i dont even know my own heritage cuz of slavery, and thats why most blacks are angry and start mobs, they still should take their anger out in a different way though, but what is a white persons excuse, wat are u angry about? that the confederates lost the civil war, and that the country has laws to make it  fair for humans being of being any color, something that we couldnt control cuz we were born this way, to have the same rights as everyone? seriously. 



  • jim

    im a regular white guy, and i hope this kid gets death! theese stupid kids raised by idiot parents. red neck pieces of crap. to do that to another human being infuriates me. we are geting beter my mom raised me beter and my kid will be raised the same. we aren’t all idiots theese days.

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