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Wed Apr 24, 2019, 02:00 PM

James Byrd's Killer set to be executed today

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/24/us/james-byrd-jr-killer-execution.html

Mr. King and two other white men attacked Mr. Byrd, a 49-year-old black man who had been offered a late-night ride home in a perverted gesture of neighborliness. The men beat him, spray-painted his face, chained him to the back of a pickup truck and dragged him to his death on an isolated back road. The motive seemed shockingly clear-cut: Mr. King had come out of a stint in prison a committed white supremacist, his body a billboard of racist tattoos, including one depicting a black man hanged in a noose.

Less than a year after the killing, Mr. King became the first white man in modern Texas history to be sentenced to death for killing a black person. This was a troubling milestone given that, according to the Equal Justice Initiative, 344 black people were lynched in the 73 years after Reconstruction, a tally that includes only documented lynchings and stops in 1950.

There have been several other such death sentences in Texas since, including one handed down to an accomplice in the killing, Lawrence Russell Brewer, who was executed in 2011. But Mr. King was the first.

This has been on Ms. Harris’s mind.

“When you think about so many others that had to bury a loved one because of hate and didn’t get justice at all,” she said, talking of calls she has received from people with their own stories of racial mistreatment that were never addressed. “It’s heartbreaking.”



I still remain opposed to the death penalty. However, if by some miracle the murderer gets a stay, he shouldn't be allowed to vote.

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Reply James Byrd's Killer set to be executed today (Original post)
JustAnotherGen Apr 2019 OP
Botany Apr 2019 #1
EffieBlack Apr 2019 #2
JustAnotherGen Apr 2019 #3
brer cat Apr 2019 #4
irisblue Apr 2019 #5
JustAnotherGen Apr 2019 #6
irisblue Apr 2019 #7

Response to JustAnotherGen (Original post)

Wed Apr 24, 2019, 02:10 PM

1. I hope the tie down team for Mr. King is all African American and that the warden is black too

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Response to JustAnotherGen (Original post)

Wed Apr 24, 2019, 03:06 PM

2. I'm staunchly opposed to the death penalty, but I've got too many important things to do today to

protest this particular sentence.

Maybe after I finish everything I need to get done, including cleaning out the fishbowl and clipping this darned hangnail, I'll send an email or a tweet or something ... if, of course, I have the energy.

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Response to EffieBlack (Reply #2)

Wed Apr 24, 2019, 04:31 PM

3. I have to get my

belly button lint out tonight.

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Response to JustAnotherGen (Original post)

Wed Apr 24, 2019, 06:33 PM

4. K&R

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Response to JustAnotherGen (Original post)

Thu Apr 25, 2019, 11:34 AM

5. I cannot imagine that that depth of hate

I hope James' family find some peace and relief.

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Response to irisblue (Reply #5)

Fri Apr 26, 2019, 12:09 PM

6. Me too - they won't get it at DU though

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Here - folks want the last man standing who did NOT get the death penalty -

The right to vote while serving his life time prison sentence.

Vote on things like - ohhhhh voting rights for black people.

This is why I crawled away from DU.

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Response to JustAnotherGen (Reply #6)

Fri Apr 26, 2019, 12:25 PM

7. To be blunt...

We need you here.

Stuff the bast.....fools.

Please stay.

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