Tuesday, August 09, 2011

CNN reports recent anti-black hate crime in Mississippi; filmmaker of "American Lynching" project passes away

CNN news broadcasts on Tuesday reported galling hate crime in Jackson, MS, where at least white teenage boys targeted and killed a black man near a motel because he is black. The crime was caught on convenience store and motel security cameras, and at least one teen faces life without parole. The crime reminds one of that against Matthew Shepard in Wyoming in 1998.

I checked the “American Lynchingwebsite and found that filmmaker Gode Davis, who had launched the project and had accumulated a lot of interview clips, had passed away.  He had lived near Providence, RI and I had visited him there in 2003. I will look further into what can be done with his materials, but I have just found out about this in following up on the CNN story.

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