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JASPER-AFTER DRAGGING DEATH
JASPER, Texas _ With the scheduled execution on Wednesday of the ringleader responsible for the brutal dragging death of a black man at the hands of three white men nearly 21 years ago, the East Texas town of Jasper will again be in the spotlight along with perceptions that it remains a place of racial unrest. City leaders say that reputation is undeserved as Jasper is a good, friendly place that will never forget what happened to James Byrd Jr., and that swiftly punished those responsible for his death. But others in this city of about 7,600 residents as well as members of Byrd’s family believe Jasper remains conflicted about fully accepting the brutal hate crime’s place in the city’s history and that some tensions between the local African-American and white communities remain unaddressed. By Juan A. Lozano. UPCOMING: 850 words, photos, video.
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