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Two Towns of Jasper

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Some might say that the town of Jasper, TX, is an example of how much progress has been made in race relations in the South and West over the past 50 years. A community whose population is divided almost equally between African-American and white residents, Jasper has a black mayor, and an integrated city council and police department. However, it soon became obvious that there was still a deep well of racial disharmony in Jasper on June 7, 1998, when James Byrd Jr., an African-American, was brutally...more

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