The sun was sliding down the trees; it’d be dark soon. As James Byrd, Jr. tried to walk faster, a truck full of white boys stopped to give him a ride. Would it be safe? He wondered.
He got in the truck.
Thankfully, no! All three were convicted, and two were sentenced to death – one, in 2011, was the FIRST white man in Texas ever executed for killing a Black man.
Black bodies are not trinkets for white play. While Byrd’s story is tragic, it helped bring about the 2001 hate-crime bill. If we persist in fighting racist systems, highlighting their brutality against us, we can achieve justice in the end.