CJUS 312 SUNY Morrisville Victimization Jasper Texas Movie Review

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This assignment needs to be 5 pages doubled spaced. This paper should reflect your reaction to the movie Jasper Texas. Think like a Victimologist and take the Objective Approach. You should be able to apply the 4 step process Victimologist use while carrying out their research: (1) Identify/Describe the problem (2) Measure the problem (3) Investigate how the victims were treated (4) Gather evidence to test a hypotheses. The following questions are designed to assist you in writing your reaction paper. -What was the nature of the crime and who were the direct and indirect victims? -How do you think law enforcement officials reacted to this event? What did they do that may have helped or hindered this case? -Was there any outside political agendas? By whom and what was their motive? -How do you think the media portrayed this event? How did they treat and interact with the victims? -How did the community of Jasper deal with this tragic event that put them into the spot light for the world to watch? -Finally...because this was a land mark event, what Act did the US Congress pass in 2009 and what is the significance of this Act?

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Jasper Texas movie

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In the movie Jasper, Texas, there were three white self-proclaimed supremacists. The
three chained James Byrd Jr., who was a black American and took him to the back of their car.
The distance through which they drag him was three miles away and was so rough, that is the
country road. Due to many injuries that he experienced, he lost a lot of blood leading to his dead.
Later the town was forced to deal with an onslaught concerning the media coverage which
thrusts the movement into a collective conscience. Residents decided to deal with the media to
help them feature events like the death of James like they can do those of others. From the
movie, it indicates that the rate of discrimination of the blacks has been exhibited through the
killings in the town. The black panthers and the Ku Klux Klan intervened on the peaceful
relationship that they used to experience between blacks and the whites. Finally, the peaceful
coexistence was later under tension since the killings started. The movies show, clearly, that
different black and white groups led by R.C Horn and Sheriff Billy Rowless respectively handled
the negative publicity that was created publicly (Jonathan and Jeffrey, 2003). Finally, justice to
the black man who died was served when two men among the three were subjected to death, and
the third is sentenced to life imprisonment. Therefore, the tension that had already started
cooking due to the discrimination between the whites and the black ended when the
imprisonment and condemnation of the three occurred.
The problem lasted for a while thus affecting some social institution and the well being of
America economy. There were both direct and indirect victims. The blacks’ felt humiliated when
one of their own was killed by the white while the whites were affected indirectly through the


fall of the economy. The level of business that used to exist when there was peaceful coexistence
dropped creating a vacuum in the marketplace, thus high instances of unemployment levels
(Jonathan and Jeffrey, 2003). The problem was so immense because it all dealt with the color of
the relevance of individual that racial discrimination. It cannot be measured clearly, but instead,
it can be quantified. Most blacks are seen leaving their workplaces due to fear that they were
engulfed with after the death of their colleague. Also, after the death of James the event was not
covered, but after the public uproar that is when they had to air the act on the TV. Various
sectors of the state highly condemned the Act. This affected the peaceful country in which they
used to coexist like brothers and sisters.
A lot of businesses were closed, and some of them started closing early than the usual
time. The closure led to an increased lack of job opportunities that meant the revenues that used
to be collected significantly reduced. From the movie, it explicitly highlighted the political
leaders are addressing the blacks to give them some hope concerning their safety from the
tension that had already started. The intervention is a precise measure of the intensity of the
impact or the effects of the whole population. Also, when the two whites were tortured till death
and the death imprisonment of the white was a precise measure of justice that the black people
received. The law enforcement acted with haste to help and save the tension that had started
developing before it deteriorated. Because, the pressure did not proceed for long, the effects were
not that much too much the quantification criteria (Jonathan and Jeffrey, 2003). But, the media
was among the organization that wanted to hinder the investigations because they didn't want to
cover the incident. It was not until the public demand that they had to hide and air the whole
episode, making the necessary security bodies to join hands in giving the blacks some hope of
their long term peaceful coexistence.


In the incident, there were three victims to the event where the blacks were toured leading
to the death of James after being dragged in a rough country road. The victims torture James
after pulling him back to their vehicle where they killed him and hid his body. Later the body
was discovered, an...

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