"This craven act isn't who we are. Whatever excuse you offer, forget that. There is no excuse. [...] The state of Mississippi condemns this despicable crime."Dedmon told the judge he was sorry for what he did and has since found religion.
The other teens who were with Dedmon in the car have also pleaded guilty. Read more at CNN.
The video above is disturbing. The ringleader expresses no remorse. The white teens involved drove to a predominantly black section of Jackson, Mississippi, in search of a black person to hurt.
James Craig Anderson, 49, was run over and killed on June 26. Authorities say a group of white teens targeted Anderson because he was black. The suspected ringleader, Deryl Dedmon, Jr., 18, has been charged with murder. Dedmon faces possible double life sentence for the murder.This is indeed a sad story, more proof that we are not in a post-racial society and possibly the story further refutes the common thesis that young people today are not influenced by racism. Nevertheless, there is a glimmer of progress. Mississippi authorities are not trying to cover this murder up or claiming it was not motivated by hatred as they would have done in the past.