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By Dina Temple-Raston

A rare account of ways a small Texas city struggled to return to grips with its racist prior within the aftermath of the brutal homicide of James Byrd, Jr.

On June 7, 1998, a forty-nine-year-old black guy named James Byrd, Jr., used to be chained to the bumper of a truck and dragged 3 miles down a rustic highway via a trio of younger white males. It didn't take lengthy for the citizens of Jasper, Texas, to benefit concerning the homicide or to fret that the identify in their city might turn into the nation's shorthand for hate crimes.

From the preliminary research throughout the trials and their aftermath, A dying in Texas tells the tale of the notorious Byrd homicide as visible during the eyes of enlightened Sheriff Billy Rowles. What he sees is a group pressured to confront not just a grisly crime but additionally antebellum traditions approximately race. Drawing on vast interviews with key gamers, journalist Dina Temple-Raston introduces a outstanding forged of characters, from the baby-faced killer, invoice King, to Joe Tonahill, Jasper's white patriarch who can't comprehend the furor over the killing. There's additionally James Byrd, the hard-drinking sufferer along with his personal darkish previous; the prosecutor and safeguard legal professionals; and invoice King's father, who's loss of life of a damaged center as he awaits his son's execution.

Just as Bernard Lefkowitz pulled again the curtain on Glenridge, New Jersey, in his vintage paintings Our men, Temple-Raston is going backstage in Jasper, Texas, to inform the tale of a city the place racism and evil made itself at domestic

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41 GQAC03 41 02/14/2005, 03:40PM Is it Bad to Die? It’s hard not think the Epicureans are on to something. After all, much of what they say about death is, many of us think, true, and importantly true. There is no pain, no frustration, no regret in death. And, unlike anaesthetics and drugs, there’s no future price to pay for this oblivion. So it’s true that being dead won’t feel bad. Admittedly, it’s true too that when we are alive, the future matters to us, true that we plan, and as human beings need to plan, to give life some shape.

And to get clear about this we need, once again, to make a number of distinctions. 30 10 Good Questions about Life and Death GQAC03 30 02/14/2005, 03:40PM Let’s get these distinctions in place now, at the outset, and it will be easier to stay clear later. Some Distinctions First, then, distinguish dying from being dead. Dying is a process, often long and drawn out, and too often painful, that we undergo while alive. Indeed, only the living can be dying. It’s a process, of course, that usually ends in death.

Perhaps there are different examples elsewhere? Some people think it would be bad if great works of art, or 42 10 Good Questions about Life and Death GQAC03 42 02/14/2005, 03:40PM great works of nature were destroyed, even if none of us ever regretted that destruction, and the consequent loss. Imagine that Titian, in his glory days, painted even more fine canvases than we now have, but then, a perfectionist and moody, destroyed them before anyone else could see them. Or imagine a nuclear war. Our species is the first to go.

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