The security camera footage broadcast by CNN shows a grisly scene: a black man in Jackson, Miss., being fatally run over by a pickup truck after he was viciously beaten in a motel parking lot early on a Sunday morning in late June. Prosecutors say a group of white teens chose the man at random. They say the alleged ringleader, an 18-year-old now charged with murder, laughed about it afterward and boasted in a phone conversation about how he “ran that n----- over.”
When we’re confronted with such a shocking act of violence, we search for answers. We want to know what’s in the hearts and minds of the attackers. We wonder what motivates someone to extinguish a life for no other reason than the color of the person’s skin.