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I just wanted to get a correction out that's in a diary about how Alfred Wright died. Alfred Wright is from Jasper, but he was killed in Sabine county approximately 45 minutes from home in or around the town of Hemphill TX.

Jasper has worked hard in the last 16 years to overcome the incident with James Byrd Jr. We need not continue to paint them with the broad brush of this event.

I posted several links in my diary from last week that gives a more complete picture. Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee has requested the DOJ get involved. The Texas Rangers are also investigating.

American Idol Meets East Texas (and it ain't pretty)

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  •  Let's keep the facts correct (28+ / 0-)

    The other diary has been out too long to expect most people to see a correction within that diary.

    F.R.I.E.N.D.S. Fight for you. Respect you. Include you. Encourage you. Need you. Deserve you. Stand by you.

    by TexDem on Tue Feb 11, 2014 at 12:23:14 PM PST

  •  Facts matter, thanks for this TexDem. (6+ / 0-)

    Though 45 minutes isn't a whole lot a distance when you're talking about a state that takes 16 hours to drive across. Still, we can do better.

    Food processed to be nothing more than simple starches with two dozen flavorings and stabilizers added to make it appear to be food isn't "food". It's "feed" -- what you give to livestock to fatten them up for slaughter.

    by ontheleftcoast on Tue Feb 11, 2014 at 12:38:24 PM PST

  •  Missed your first diary (2+ / 0-)
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    TexDem, Mayfly

    Glad to see it added to the conversation.

    “Texas is a so-called red state, but you’ve got 10 million Democrats here in Texas. And …, there are a whole lot of people here in Texas who need us, and who need us to fight for them.” President Obama

    by Catte Nappe on Tue Feb 11, 2014 at 12:40:00 PM PST

  •  With all due respect, (3+ / 0-)
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    Jasper will have to try a little harder.  

    The spectacle Jasper staged just last year in recalling enough African American city council members in order to elect white ones with for the sole purpose of firing the city's first-ever African American police chief (married to a white woman no less) was, well, tawdry.

    Dogs from the street can have all the desirable qualities that one could want from pet dogs. Most adopted stray dogs are usually humble and exceptionally faithful to their owners as if they are grateful for this kindness. -- H.M. Bhumibol Adulyadej

    by corvo on Tue Feb 11, 2014 at 12:53:14 PM PST

  •  I commented on this (6+ / 0-)

    As a native of Jasper, I know it has become synonymous with racist attacks, and just want to make this small distinction. I looked up where Mr. Wright was found - a short distance from a recreational lake in national forest area. I have read local news stories since this happened, and they said that the Texas Rangers were called in and the FBI from nearly the beginning. For some reason that will be apparent in the near future(I hope), neither the Rangers nor FBI have released their findings, while the local sheriff was quick to call it a drug overdose. A separate autopsy by the family gave different results and this is only one mystery of this sad event.
    Facts do matter, in the end of the day, for the family who lost a loved one. I don't mind people putting focus on this to demand answers, but the silence of the Rangers/FBI make me wonder if they already know some answers they are not revealing yet.

    The words of House Republican: We do not care.

    by Chun Yang on Tue Feb 11, 2014 at 01:39:43 PM PST

    •  It's well that the Rangers & FBI are silent (3+ / 0-)
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      There are just too many peculiar aspects of this whole affair.  The relative neatness and cleanliness of a body found 18 days after the disappearance. The rather "casual" search and investigation by local LEOs. The report that another man, also part of a mixed race couple, was assaulted in front of the very same convenience store days earlier. But also the Tennessee court case the victim was soon having to face, and the discovery of unexpected hotel bills in his bank records.

      “Texas is a so-called red state, but you’ve got 10 million Democrats here in Texas. And …, there are a whole lot of people here in Texas who need us, and who need us to fight for them.” President Obama

      by Catte Nappe on Tue Feb 11, 2014 at 03:05:24 PM PST

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      •  The reports I read are from November before (0+ / 0-)

        he was found. His attorney stated Alfred was prepared to defend himself from the charges and maintained his innocence of those charges.

        F.R.I.E.N.D.S. Fight for you. Respect you. Include you. Encourage you. Need you. Deserve you. Stand by you.

        by TexDem on Tue Feb 11, 2014 at 04:15:32 PM PST

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        •  Yes, but it raises a shadow (1+ / 0-)
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          What might he have been involved in - even in an attempt to get proof of innocence? Just throws another confusion into the mix. And then this little wrinkle

          After Alfred Wright's death, wife Lauren went through bank records. She found three charges her husband made at local hotels when she and the children were away the month before he died. Texas Rangers are pulling video from one of the hotels to review it for possible evidence.
          http://www.cnn.com/...

          I can well imagine scenarios where there are explanations for those things that are perfectly logical actions of an innocent and upstanding guy. I can also imagine scenarios where he is not exactly the man his family and friends believed him to be. And that's without the other peculiar facts of the case. Since I'm not writing a suspense novel, what I can imagine is immaterial; and the Ranger/FBI silence to date not feeding "imaginings" is probably a good thing.

          “Texas is a so-called red state, but you’ve got 10 million Democrats here in Texas. And …, there are a whole lot of people here in Texas who need us, and who need us to fight for them.” President Obama

          by Catte Nappe on Tue Feb 11, 2014 at 06:07:07 PM PST

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