In the shadow of James Byrd’s murder, city leaders can’t agree how to move this East Texas town forward
Jasper’s second Black mayor wants to help residents pay their bills while a younger city council wants to invest in the city’s culture. Residents call their heated arguments at city council meetings “foolishness” and “embarrassing.”
Watch: 25 years after James Byrd Jr. was killed for being Black, his loved ones question how much has changed in Texas
The quiet East Texas town of Jasper came together immediately after the racist murder of James Byrd Jr. Now, Texas is leading the nation in incidents of white supremacist propaganda.
Bill striking unconstitutional state law that criminalized homosexuality fails to meet critical deadline in the Texas House
In a landmark decision, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Texas’ law banning sodomy in 2003. It took almost 20 years for Democrats to get a bill to repeal the defunct ban on the House calendar.
Spike in hate crimes against Latinos, Jewish people prompts federal bipartisan bill
The most recent FBI report on hate crimes shows an 11.7% rise from last year in the number of violent hate crimes committed. The number of victims in anti-Latino or Hispanic hate crimes rose over 21% in 2018. Yet, even in a city like San Antonio, hate crimes exist. Through the Department of Justice, the bill will issue grants to empower state and local governments to improve hate crimes reporting. In exchange for receiving grants, state and local governments must provide additional information pertaining to hate crimes in their jurisdiction.