You are expected to provide enough detail and thoughtfulness in your responses to show me that you read and
comprehended the content.

  1. Did James Byrd, Jr. do anything to precipitate this crime? If so, what? If not, why not?
  2. The author gives details about James Byrd, Jr., including his hobbies. interests. background, friendly relationships, and
    family life. Overall, the author paints him in a positive light. How does this differ from the typical portrayal of crime victims
    in the media? Why do you think the author made it a point to discuss Byrd, Jr. in a positive light and as an innocent victim?
  3. Shawn Berry appeared upset at the time the crime was occurring (i.e., peeing his pants in fear) and felt regret the day
    after for not going to the police right away. Should Berry be charged to the same degree as King and Brewer for his
    compliance and facilitation (i.e., use of his truck) in the crime? Why or why not?

4, John King makes several racist remarks to a variety of people, including showing off his tattoo of a hanged black man.
Yet, no one confronts or speaks out to King about his racist sentiments. How does contribute to the subculture of hatred?
What can we do as members of society to counter act


  1. When the author artives to Jasper and walks the path of the dragging, she remarks “I am more afraid than | have ever
    been”. Do you think her fears are well-grounded? Why or why not? In present day, do you think people of color still live in
    fear of racially-motivated violence? Explain why or why not, and give an example if possible.