The title of a Yahoo! article released on March 21, 2012 is “WHITE Mississippi teen gets life sentence in BLACK man’s death” (Web-site/URL: http://news.yahoo.com/white-mississippi-teen-gets-life-sentence-black-mans-232536717.html). WOW. UNBELIEVABLE.
“A WHITE Mississippi teenager pleaded guilty on Wednesday (March 21, 2012) to fatally running over a man with a truck BECAUSE he was black and received a life prison sentence for a crime (that) the presiding judge said left “A GREAT STAIN” on the southern state” obviously.
“Deryl Dedmon, 19, received two concurrent life sentences for the RACIALLY MOTIVATED murder of 49-year-old James Craig Anderson, who died after being beaten and mowed down in a motel parking lot last year (2011)”.
“during his court hearing in Jackson”, Dedmon said: “”I was YOUNG, I was DUMB, I was IGNORANT. I was FULL OF HATRED“. “full of hatred” in the 21st century is UNACCEPTABLE.
“The teens HAD BEEN DRINKING at a birthday party and drove to Jackson SPECIFICALLY to harass and assault African-Americans, whom they referred to by a derogatory name, Hinds County Assistant District Attorney Scott Rogillio said”. OK, “had been drinking” is an explanation, NOT AN EXCUSE and “specifically to harass and assault” is the definition of a hate crime.
“Dedmon and others had gone to Jackson in previous weeks with the same intent, the prosecutor said. Dedmon and at least one other person in the group punched Anderson before Dedmon DELIBERATELY ran over him with the teen’s Ford F-250 truck, Rogillio said. Anderson died at the scene”. This is HORRIFIC.
“Dedmon yelled “WHITE POWER” during the attack, Rogillio said. A hotel security camera captured video of the incident”. Again, “white power” is BLATANTLY RACIST. NO ONE is “Superior” to anyone anymore (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI). We are just DIFFERENT.
According to Circuit Court Judge Jeff Weill Sr., “You have admitted killing a man SIMPLY BECAUSE OF HIS RACE. Your prejudice has brought SHAME upon you and PLACED A GREAT STAIN ON the state of Mississippi” obviously. “addressing those in the courtroom”, the judge went on: “Know that THIS CRAVEN ACT ISN’T who we are. We can say this now. Maybe there was a time when we couldn’t“. This is unfortunate. Mississippi, of course, ADVOCATED/SUPPORTED segregation for a long time.
Finally, “Another teen, John Aaron Rice, has been charged with simple assault and the investigation into the case continues on the state and federal levels, Rogillio told Reuters“. “We expect more charges coming in the near future”. Of course, this involves POLITICS so WE DON’T KNOW when these “charges” will be filed. “the near future” could be in the next few days, weeks, months, years or perhaps NEVER.
In conclusion, it is SHOCKING, DISGUSTING and DESPICABLE that a racially motivated killing could occur in 2011. This again reinforces the negative consequences when terrible habits from the ’50s and ’60s are carried on into the 21st century. Both racially charged killings and the INSANITY defense involve HATE, which is clearly NOT something we should be promoting. Many murderers, armed robbers and serial sexual offenders lean on the insanity defense when they’ve exhausted all their other options. Well, insanity doesn’t change the fact that rape, assaults, armed robberies and murders are UNACCEPTABLE. So, Deryl Dedmon got what he deserved for advocating HATE. Hate and insanity are certainly NOT characteristics to be proud of. We must work to change this PERCEPTION in order to prevent more loss of life as the murder of James Craig Anderson has surely made many of us sick to our stomachs. UTTERLY DEPLORABLE/HORRIFYING.