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15 of The Best Podcast Episodes for James Byrd Jr. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about James Byrd Jr, often where they are interviewed.

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15 of The Best Podcast Episodes for James Byrd Jr. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about James Byrd Jr, often where they are interviewed.

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James Byrd Jr. - 12

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Jasper, Texas


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Nov 15 2020 · 41mins
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Episode 3 - Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr.

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Up until 2009, the U.S. federal hate crime laws did not protect many groups of people. The murder of Matthew Shepard, a gay man, and James Byrd Jr. a black man, in 1998, called for national attention to protect more people in federal hate crime laws.
Jul 16 2020 · 14mins

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James Byrd Jr - 382

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June 7, 1998. Jasper, Texas. James Byrd Jr, 49, had spent the day at different parties with family and friends and was walking home when he was picked up by white supremacists who had offered him a ride. James couldn't drive due to a condition that prevented him from having a driver's license. What these three did to him after picking him up was beyond shocking. In other words, this is one of the most brutal crimes you'll ever hear about. But at the core of this case are questions about justice and about the fairness of our justice system. How far have we come as a nation when it comes to dealing with crimes motivated by hate?

Jul 13 2020 · 1hr 4mins
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Texas - James Byrd Jr and Jose (Joe) Campos Torres

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We are traveling to the Lone Star State and this week Amber and Celina are sharing two crimes that happened decades ago but seem like they could be ripped straight from news articles today.  Amber shares about the 1998 lynching of James Byrd Jr. a black man who was picked up by three white man while walking home from his parents house early one morning.  His murder would help form Hate Laws and rock a county to its core.  Celina shares the story of Joe Campos Torres a young Latino man, who served his country during  the Vietnam War.  He had big dreams that came crashing down when his path crossed 5 Houston police officers in 1977. Don't forget to check out www.stateofmurder.com after the episode for bonus content! 


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Jul 02 2020 · 1hr 19mins

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S2E20: James Byrd Jr - On The Map

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Writer: Gemma Harris

What you’re about to hear didn’t happen all that long ago. Unfortunately for the victim in today’s story, more extensive legislative protection came too late for what transpired one unusually hot June in east Texas. But it proved to be the catalyst for much-needed reform when it comes to prosecuting hate crimes, and for taking a small step towards attempting to address pervasive and entrenched racism. And as we know, we still have a long, long way to go. 

CW: Graphic Descriptions of Violence, Racially Motivated Violence


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Jun 10 2020 · 1hr 12mins
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James Byrd Jr. and Sam Bass // Texas // 9

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This week, you get to hear how creepy Megan and Hanna were as children!  With a little bit of Blue's Clues and Veggie Tales sprinkled on top!  We eventually get to the real story, which unfortunately, isn't a laughing matter.  We will be talking about a very serious hate crime on James Byrd Jr in Texas.  We feel it's very important that stories like these are known because we are passionate about fighting racism and creating change.  But don't worry, we won't end on that note, we will also tell you the story of Sam Bass.  We promise this one really is more lighthearted!  If you need to pray for some patience, we understand, so do we!  Afterwards, grab a snack (not hard noodles) and tune in, otherwise you might miss us talking about our cats.....again!


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May 24 2020 · 31mins
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44: James Byrd Jr.

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Jasper is a small timber town around 100 miles northeast of Houston, Texas. It’s a quaint area that holds an annual Butterfly Festival the first October every year. However, in June of 1998, Jasper was rocked by a brutal hate crime that still reverberates across the nation today. As a motorist was arriving at the African American church on Huff Creek Road on the 8th of June, 1998, they were met by a grisly scene. Dumped in front of the church beside the African American cemetery was the mutilated torso of an African American man and a three-mile bloody trail revealed one of the world’s most disturbing murders.



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Apr 20 2020 · 1hr 19mins
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The Lynching of James Byrd Jr.

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Jasper, Texas - 1998. Moments before James Byrd Jr. accepted a lift home he had been sitting on his parents porch bouncing his granddaughter on his knee. Soon, the world would come to know him as the victim of an unspeakable hate crime. * Hundreds of articles have been written on this case and many of the more minor details differ between these resources. I have done my best to only include information that is corroborated. The Byrd Foundation for Racial Healing: http://www.thebyrdfoundation.org/event-news/4594297384

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https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-1998-jun-14-mn-59975-story.html https://www.biography.com/crime-figure/james-byrd-jr https://newsone.com/2019388/james-byrd-jr-murdered/ https://www.newsweek.com/james-byrd-jr-lynching-texas-death-row-execution-1394474 https://www.beaumontenterprise.com/news/article/Family-of-James-Byrd-Jr-gathers-on-20th-12976250.php https://www.texasmonthly.com/articles/jasper/ https://www.fox26houston.com/news/timeline-of-events-since-death-of-james-byrd-jr https://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/national/longterm/jasper/trial021699.htm https://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/fl-xpm-1999-01-26-9901260220-story.html https://www.rawstory.com/2019/10/james-byrd-jr-john-william-king-and-the-history-of-american-lynching/ https://www.beaumontenterprise.com/news/article/Jasper-awaits-execution-of-James-Byrd-slayer-13783843.php https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/texas-executes-white-racist-for-dragging-a-black-man-to-his-death-20190425-p51h6f.html https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/24/us/james-byrd-jr-john-william-king.html https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2019/04/23/james-byrd-jr-hate-crime-texas-execution-huntstville/3553297002/ https://www.cbsnews.com/news/john-william-king-execution-texas-man-executed-today-dragging-james-byrd-jr-to-death-hate-crime-2019-04-24/ https://www.dallasnews.com/opinion/commentary/2019/02/03/20-years-later-justice-for-the-lynching-of-james-byrd-jr-might-finally-be-complete/ https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2019/04/25/james-byrd-jr-killer-john-william-king-executed-texas-hate-crime/ https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-48040916 https://www.britannica.com/event/murder-of-James-Byrd-Jr

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Jan 22 2020 · 35mins
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Unfathomable Racist Brutality: The Murder of James Byrd Jr.

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Bigotry motivated the horrifying torture and murder of a black man in Jasper, Texas in 1998. The crime was so shocking that it changed the way we prosecute hate crimes in this country.follow me on social mediaInstagram @yourmomisacreepTwitter @yourmomisacreepxx


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Nov 29 2019 · 45mins
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Ep. 124- James Byrd Jr.

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This week we talk about one of the hardest stories; the death of James Byrd Jr.

James was a black man who was dragged 3 miles behind a truck by 3 white men in Jasper, TX in 1998. It's very heartbreaking so be sure to have a tissue ready.

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