Black Bodies Politic in Paris, Texas

Texas Dragging Death May Have Been a Racially Motivated Crime
Associated Press

In a gruesome case with powerful echoes of the dragging death of James Byrd a decade ago, a black man was killed underneath a pickup truck in East Texas and two white men have been charged with murder. Paris is the same Texas town in which a black girl was sentenced to up to seven years in a juvenile prison for shoving a teacher’s aide at school. That same judge sentenced a white girl to probation for burning down her parents’ house.

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Black Bodies Politic in Paris, Texas

Free Shaquanda Cotton

Shaquanda Cotton, a 14-year-old African American student, was “convicted” and sent to a youth prison for up to 7 years for shoving a hall monitor at her high school in Paris, Texas. The same judge, Chuck Superville, then convicted a 14-year-old white girl of arson for burning down her family’s house. Her sentence? Probation.

See Howard Witt’s piece here.

A blog has been set up on Shaquanda’s behalf: Shaquanda’s Blog.

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