Death on the Fourth of July: The Story of a Killing, a Trial, and Hate Crime in America
On July 4, 2000, three young Asian American men visiting the small town of Ocean Shores, Washington, were attacked by a group of skinheads in the parking lot of a Texaco station. Threats and slurs gave way to violence and, ultimately, a fatal stabbing. But this tragedy culminated with a twist. A young white man, flaunting a Confederate flag just moments before, was slain by one of his would-be victims. In the ensuing murder trial, a harsh lesson on what it really means to be an American unfolded, exposing the layers of distrust between minorities and whites in rural America and revealing the dirty little secret that haunts many small towns: hate crime.
In" Death on the Fourth of July," veteran journalist David Neiwert explores the hard questions about hate crimes that few are willing to engage. He shares the stories behind the Ocean Shores case through first-hand interviews, and weaves them through an expert examination of the myths, legal issues, and history surrounding these controversial crimes. "Death on the Fourth of July" provides the most clear-headed and rational thinking on this loaded issue yet published, all within the context of one compelling real-life tragedy.
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Review: Death on the Fourth of July: The Story of a Killing, a Trial, and Hate Crime in AmericaUser Review - Ned Stenger White - Goodreads
A clearly written discussion of "hate" bias crime in the history and culture of the US, told through the lens of a death & trial in Washington state, this is an important discussion of an ugly symptom ... Read full review
Review: Death on the Fourth of July: The Story of a Killing, a Trial, and Hate Crime in AmericaUser Review - Goodreads
This is a must read for anyone who doesn't believe that bias crimes still exist! It will make you think about the society we live in and how we want it to be. It discusses issues in Washington State ...
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Chapter 1 The Knives
Chapter 2 Fireworks in Red
Chapter 3 Open Sores
Chapter 4 White Faces
Chapter 5 Growing Up American
Chapter 7 Hate American Style
Chapter 13 Wall of Silence
Chapter 15 The Great Divide
Chapter 16 The Verdict
Chapter 17 The American Landscape