On June 26, James Craig Anderson stood near his car in a parking lot just before sunrise, when two carloads of crazed White teens chose him as the victim in their plan to find and harm a Black person. They took to Jackson, Mississippi to carry out their horrific plot; upon spotting Anderson, they hopped out their cars, beat him and screamed “White power!” and other hateful racist language. And then a group of the kids climbed back into their truck, hit the gas and ran the man over. He died instantly.
CNN reports that the Hinds County District Attorney is convinced that the crime was racially motivated and will prosecute the monsters using surveillance footage that covered the entire thing. Yes, you read that right. These dumb pieces of you-know-what killed an innocent man on videotape. The ringleader is said to be 18-year-old Deryl Dedmon, Jr., of Brandon, Mississippi, who drove the Ford F250 green pickup over the defenseless Anderson. He is facing consecutive life sentences for the murder, which he allegedly boasted about to the teens in the other car: “I ran that nigger over!”
After a night of partying, Dedmon allegedly told his friends ”let’s go f*ck with some n*ggers”; the group travelled sixteen miles from their community to the largely Black western-area of Jackson. District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith maintains that the young man “was not remorseful… he was laughing, laughing about the killing.” Dedmon’s friend John Aaron Rice, has been charged with simple assault, for his part in the assault, but not the murder. No pleas have been entered yet and the other teens have not been charged.
Anderson’s family was originally notified that the 49-year-old had been killed in a hit and run and only later had to deal with the additionally devastating news that he had been murdered in a hate crime. His sister has denounced the low bond- only $50k- set for Dedmon.
Excuse me, but if two groups of teens planned to go assault an innocent man, why are only two being charged? While Dedmon alone may have made the decision to floor his vehicle and kill Anderson, there should be consequences for all of his accomplices. Again, look at post-racial America…