"The Upper Situation Room": James Byrd: 12yrs later we’re still being dragged in the South?

I was just 19 years old when it happened but by that time I understood the racial dynamics of the United States.

Today marks the 12th anniversary of the dragging murder of James Byrd, Jr., in Jasper, Texas. On June 7, 1998, three White males wrapped a heavy chain around his ankles, connected the chain to a pickup truck, and then dragged Byrd for several miles. The dragging resulted in Byrd losing his arms and his head. The three murderers dumped Byrd's mutilated remains in front of a cemetery and then went to enjoy some barbecue. Yes, barbeque.

I had to rehearse that history for the young people who may read this blog and know nothing about James Byrd. However, they only have to check the latest news wires to read about an alleged "Jasper-style" dragging that just took place last week in South Carolina.

An Associated Press headline reads "SC police: Black man shot to death, body dragged". According to the story:

Two men who worked at a South Carolina poultry processing plant had spent most of the day together Tuesday, hanging out late into the evening, maybe rehashing their long shifts. By the next morning, one of the men - who was black - was dead, shot to death and then dragged behind a pickup truck for more than 10 miles down a country road. The other - a white man - was in jail, charged with murder, and authorities were investigating the death as a possible hate crime.

This is not 1810.....this is in 2010.


1 comment:

  1. When I first started reading 100 years of Lynching I was about 16 years, and I was so shocked to learn the type of treatment that was inflicted upon my people. I knew by instinct that I was living with an enemy even being in the 6th grade, and seeing my people being hosed down, who were marching peacefully during the civil rights protests. I knew that there was something very strange about the nature of a people who would prey upon and seek to kill or torture another people who peacefully seek justice or equal rights. Peacefully marching. Peacefully protesting. Peacefully boycotting.

    So it is with the same type of enemy today, with the same type of mind.
    We peacefully want to get along with them in peace.

    Brandon McClelland was supposedly the friend of his white attackers who lynched him.

    James Byrd, from what I can remember, was surrounded by his enemies in Jasper, and he just wanted to peacefully get along with them in peace. He was behind enemy lines and probably thought he was a peace, but he was easy prey, having been surrounded.

    This is why it is so important for us to learn the nature of white people, and what makes them naturally want to attack us if we only peacefully seek to get along with them in peace.

    Whites are not designed within their nature to respect Blacks who seek peace in a social setting with them. We’ve tried it time and time again, but every single time we try it, we keep hitting our heads on a brick wall.

    So the whole world is looking at a people who are that psychologically damaged that they would seek to continue to love and worship their enemies after their enemy is doing every thing he can to show the Slave that he does not love him.

    The whole world is looking at a people who love their enemies more than themselves, that they still rebel against the teachings of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, that they still refuse to separate from their enemies and do something for themselves. I’m speaking to myself too. All of us have a duty to inform about our people about the “Time and What Must Be Done,” so we can escape the Judgment of God, so our people will not continue to peacefully want to get along with our enemies, so they we may not fall victim to the devil’s civilization.

    As Salaam Alaikum Brother Jesse.


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