Uncovering Hate Crimes in America

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James Byrd Jr.

In what was called one of the most notorious hate crimes of modern times, James Byrd Jr., 49, was murdered by three white supremacists in Jasper, Texas, in 1998. Offering Byrd a ride home, the men instead drove to a remote country road, beat him, chained his legs to the back of their pick-up truck and dragged him for several miles. In the attack, Byrd’s head and arm had been ripped off, and the men dumped his body on the roadway. Following Byrd's murder, Texas Gov. Rick Perry signed into law the James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Act, strengthening punishments for hate crimes in the state. (Photo: Reuters /Landov)

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