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Toward a post-Trump world
2019/08/19
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Elmer Cook, William Stanley Hoggle and Namon "Duck" Hoggle (from left to right) were charged with first-degree murder after James Reeb's death and later acquitted at trial.
Image: NPR-TopFoto/The Image Works

If you haven't heard of this yet, take a moment (or better yet @7 hours) and listen to this podcast series.

The story Jim Reeb's life in the concluding episode is moving. The internal drama about how the population of Selma rationalized the killing is chilling.

The larger message is important.

Racists blame the victims because the truth is impossible to bear.

White Lies — In 1965, Rev. James Reeb was murdered in Selma, Alabama. Three men were tried and acquitted, but no one was ever held to account. Fifty years later, two journalists from Alabama return to the city where it happened, expose the lies that kept the murder from being solved and uncover a story about guilt and memory that says as much about America today as it does about the past. NPR.org

 


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