If you grew up in Texas in the early to late 1990s, two racial incidents and two towns probably stand out in your mind.
The towns of Jasper, Texas and Vidor, Texas will remain in infamy for Texans of African descent of a certain age.
I can vividly remember hearing the news of the horrific dragging death of James Byrd, Jr. in Jasper, Texas in 1998.
I can remember driving home from work around midnight from my minimum wage job at Blockbuster Music in Houston fearful of what would happen to me alone on the dark Texas streets.
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