IN POST-RACIAL AMERICA NEWS
JACKSON, MS - Last month, I brought you the story of James Craig Anderson, a 49-year old Mississippi man who was brutally murdered by white teens simply because he was black. Despite video and testimonial evidence of the teens' plan to "go f*ck with some ni**ers," authorities were reluctant to view or charge the incident as a hate crime.
I am happy to report that authorities have changed their "see no evil" stance and charged the primary perpetrator Deryl Dedmon, 19, with capital murder and a hate crime for the June 26th death of Mr. Anderson. Mr. Dedmon was indicted on these charges on September 19th.
Mr. Anderson's family has asked prosecutors not to pursue the death penalty as they are against capital punishment. In an open letter to prosecutors and the public, the family wrote:
"We ... oppose the death penalty because it historically has been used in Mississippi and the South primarily against people of color for killing whites. Executing James' killers will not help balance the scales. But sparing them may help to spark a dialogue that one day will lead to the elimination of capital punishment." Source
The Anderson family has also filed a wrongful death lawsuit against all seven teens involved in the horrific beating and eventual murder of Mr. Anderson.