Last night, I watched the above video from CNN in horror and disbelief. It’s still hard for me to wrap my mind around the details of this crime.
James Craig Anderson, 49, a black man from Jackson, MS, met an unfortunate death on June 26 when he was beaten by white teens from neighboring Rankin County. It wasn’t the multiple beatings that took him out. After the senseless crime, one of the alleged perpetrators, 18-year-old Deryl Dedmon, Jr., ran over Anderson with a Ford F-250 truck and drove off. Anderson was killed instantly.
The entire incident was captured on a hotel security camera. As far as authorities know, Dedmon and his friends sought to mess with a black person that night. In the end, Dedmon allegedly bragged, “I ran over that nigger..” when he and his friends ate together later in the evening.
The crime was beyond cowardly. But, I was taken aback even more that someone so young would be involved in a racially-motivated incident eerily similar to those in Mississippi’s past.
Make sure you watch the six-minute video in full to gather the details about what happened in the crime. (Warning: Anderson’s hit-and-run death is shown in the clip).
**I want you to discuss this in the comment section below.**
- Are you surprised that a crime of this nature is still happening in 2011 and in Mississippi of all places?
- How do you even begin to have a conversation about solutions when obvious racial issues have not been addressed in people so young?
I look forward to your comments and thoughts.