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Remembering James Byrd Jr., Tonight on “Conversations Of A Sistah”

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June 15, 2016 by The ReadyWriter


byrd_sq-5a2fdac340a6984ea1924eb60a481ae382bbe80d-s6-c30James Byrd Jr. (pictured here), was murdered in Jasper, Texas on June 7, 1998. He was severely beaten, chained to the back of a pickup truck, then dragged three miles along an asphalt road.  Byrd, who remained conscious throughout most of the ordeal, was killed when his body hit the edge of a culvert, severing his right arm and head. Byrd’s murder is considered one of the worst hate crimes since the civil rights era of the sixties.

Byrd, 49, on a walk home from his parents home in Jasper, accepted a ride from Shawn Berry (age 24), Lawrence Russell Brewer (age 31) and John King (age 23). Berry, who was driving, was acquainted with Byrd from around town. Instead of taking Byrd home, the three men took Byrd to a remote county road out of town, beat him severely, urinated on him and chained him by his ankles to their pickup truck before dragging him for approximately 1.5 miles (2.4 km). The men then dumped Byrd’s mutilated remains in front of an African-American church cemetery.

Joyce_KingJoin me tonight at 6:30 p.m. EST on “Conversations Of A Sistah” via Blog Talk Radio, as I sit down with my special guest, Joyce King, Author of HATE CRIME: The Story of a Dragging in Jasper, Texas.

The critically-acclaimed book landed King on CNN, BET, NPR, USA Radio, Book TV, and The Oprah Winfrey Show.

All “Conversation links” in this post make it possible to access the show.

See you on the air but in the meantime, sound off here!

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63 thoughts on “Remembering James Byrd Jr., Tonight on “Conversations Of A Sistah”

  1. Mrs says:

    I remember when this happened. Damn shame what happened but I didn’t know it was a book about it. 😡

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  2. BrownGirl says:

    Wow this is an ugly and painful story.

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  3. Daisy says:

    Good morning
    Happy “Conversations Of A Sistah” Wednesday!

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  4. Daisy says:

    I don’t remember this story but I googled it and it’s a horrible read. especially what the 3 men who killed him did to him. Tuning in to hear about Joyce King’s book on this horrific crime. I wanna know why did she decide to write about it? That had to be hard 😥

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  5. 2Thick4you says:

    “Instead of taking Byrd home, the three men took Byrd to a remote county road out of town, beat him severely, urinated on him and chained him by his ankles to their pickup truck before dragging him for approximately 1.5 miles”

    OMG 😥 I can’t Smh NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  6. Pinky says:

    They urinated on him and then dragged him and that town is still standing? FOH!!! I woulda had to burn Texas down if that was my daddy/brother/cousin/uncle. 😡

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  7. Pinky says:

    I think this was deeper than a hate crime. 😡 To urinate on somebody is just plain cruel. I’m scared to hear this show, sounds like it’s gonna piss me off.

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  8. Adam says:

    They dragged this man and his head came off when they hit a culvert? Damn that’s beyond fucked up? Smh wow

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    • Bobby says:

      what’s a culvert?

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      • Adam says:

        Bobby if you read the post, Tracy has a highlighted link to the word. If you click on it it’ll give you the definition of it plus a picture. It also gives the definition of a asphalt road.

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      • Daisy says:

        Yeah @Adam, it seems the more you read about the story the worst it gets. It’s actually making me sick to my stomach knowing this was done to another human being.

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      • Al says:

        Jasper, Texas is probably the most racist town in Texas. I remember when this happened and the new black panthers marched on that hick town with their rifles and guns drawn. It was deep.

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      • Cameo says:

        Jasper, Texas is probably the most racist town in Texas
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        CoSign!!! That town amongst others.

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      • Nicole says:

        the asphalt road only add insult to injury and the fact that his head came off is even worse!! It’s like his head hit an open drainage at the bank of the road. It’s just an awful way to die.

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      • Yvonne says:

        what’s a culvert?
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        a tunnel carrying a stream or open drain under a road or railroad.

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  9. Ashanti says:

    This world is filled with hate and this hate crime is no different than the rest. They killed James Byrd, James Garner and Trayvon Martin all the same. They were all hate crimes.

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    • Coco says:

      No Ashanti,
      I gotta disagree with you on this one. James Byrd lost his head and limbs and was chained to the back of a pickup truck. Yeah all these men were killed unjustly but “The story of a dragging in Texas” was the worst.!!! The worst crime ever.

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      • Cameo says:

        Yeah I agree with Coco, the James Byrd dragging was horrific.!! This story is disturbing. and the conversation will be just as worst,

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      • Mittsey says:

        the James Byrd dragging was horrific.!! This story is disturbing. and the conversation will be just as worst
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        I agree

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      • Starr says:

        the James Byrd dragging was horrific.!! This story is disturbing. and the conversation will be just as worst
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        Pretty Much. Where in thee hell is Jasper, Texas anyways???

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      • Yvonne says:

        the James Byrd dragging was horrific.!! This story is disturbing. and the conversation will be just as worst
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        I think it depends on what Tracy’s goal is in having the conversation. Either way I’m tuned way IN.

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  10. Coco says:

    Sad 😥 sad story

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  11. Cameo says:

    Tuning in.

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  12. Miss Ang says:

    😥 horrible horrible story!

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  13. Mittsey says:

    This man was kidnapped, beaten and dragged, that’s never pretty or easy to talk about. So of course I wanna hear this 😡 I’ll be tuned in.

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  14. LEXY says:

    TRACY MAYBE YOU CAN INCREASE THE FONT IN YOUR WRITE UP SO FOLKS CAN READ 😳👀🤓

    Okay, carry on ☕️🚬

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  15. Mahogany says:

    Oh Dayum!! Not this story again. wow. tuning in

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  16. Acquitta says:

    Sad story, hate to regurgitate but this is one conversations that will most likely be both sad and horrific.

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  17. Starr says:

    Lawd Have Mercy Jesus, give me the strength to listen to this here. O_o *sighs*

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  18. Nicole says:

    😥 Yup I wanna hear this right here.

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  19. Rezzie says:

    This story is a real tear jerker 😥 to disregard another human life like this is a sin. I hope they suffer b4 leaving this earth.

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  20. Yvonne says:

    Thank you Tracy for having this conversation. I remember when the story broke when it happened but there wasn’t too much buzz about it then in my opinion. Can’t wait to hear Joyce King’s take on it.

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  21. Princess says:

    😥 wow!!!!!!

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  22. PookieNem says:

    SMH 😥 this is the 1st I’m hearing of this story. Just horrible. wow

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  23. Omar says:

    If this was a relative of mine, I would have NO PEACE!!!! I would have to kill somebody because of the shit they did to him. I would be so fucking destructive! Jasper, Texas would of burned b4 I was satisfied.

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  24. Zion says:

    Gonna be a good show. Looking 4ward to it.
    This is going to be a great conversation.

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  25. Adriane says:

    This was a good show.
    Joyce King was an awesome guest. Her story was heart breaking. she sounded really sad 😦 though.

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  26. BBallen says:

    I was DONE when I read how they pissed on this man. WTF 😡

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  27. 2Thick says:

    Tracy I could see how you couldn’t finish the book. From what heard last night was a bit much for me.

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