Having been born, raised and worked in Mississippi I have seen my home state make tremendous strides in racial reconciliation. We have so many success stories that show how we have moved from racism to inclusion. That is why the senseless murder of James Craig Anderson at the hand of three young Rankin County men stunned so many of us in Mississippi and the nation.
As I listened to Hinds County Assistant District Attorney Scott Rogillio read the facts of the case I was shocked and sickened. It was hard to imagine the depth of hate it took to beat and then run over a defenseless man just because he was black.
Hate is hate and evil is evil whether it happened in 1964 or 2011. The difference between the hate crimes in Mississippi 50 years ago and this heinous crime was that justice was not denied or delayed. We can take some comfort that Mississippi's legal and justice system worked as it should have from the investigation to the sentencing.
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