Archive for June 7th, 2008

Ten years ago today, James Byrd was dragged to his death in Jasper, Texas. His crime was being a black man in America. My morning paper carried a syndicated article commemorating the crime and Byrd’s horrific death. The main thrust of the article is that race relations are better in Jasper nowadays, as a result of what happened to Byrd a decade ago.

What qualifies better? When do we know we have achieved real progress? Why does it always take the horrific to bring about introspection?

Is this change?

h/t Rachel’s Tavern

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