Tuesday, March 28, 2017

White Supremacist James Jackson Says He Killed a Black Man to Deter Interracial Relationships














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James Harris Jackson, 28, is charged with with murder as a hate crime. The "self proclaimed bigot" tried to "kill as many black men as he could" to stop the spread of interracial relationships. His only victim however was Timothy Caughman, 66, of NYC. The army veteran allegedly stabbed Caughman with a sword. Caughman was able to take himself to the hospital, however he died a few hours later. Jackson supposedly was raised "was raised in what was described as a churchgoing, liberal family in a Baltimore suburb, said his ideal society is "1950s America." This reminds me of the hate crimes that happened before and during the Civil Rights Movement. The article concluded that Jackson has "clear psychological issues" but what do you guys think? Was this mindset influenced by parents or other authoritative figures in his life or does he just want to be famous? What do you think his punishment should be?  Comment below :) 



27 comments:

  1. The sword thing seems rather comical. I suppose murder charges are what he'll be getting.

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  2. This is an obvious hate crime. I think his mindset could be influenced by other authority figures in his life but also the military. Him being in the military could have sparked violent thoughts and then when provoked, could have led to something like this.

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  3. I think that further psychological tests have to be conducted before they jump to conclusions. Additionally, if Jackson were to plea insanity, I think that he should still be held accountable for his actions and should be charged for murder. I don't think that his mindset can be clearly defined as influenced by his parents, but maybe his society in general (or maybe he's just an individual racist). But yeah, this is cray.

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  4. If he has "clear psychological issues" let us wait and assess more extensively why this crime took place. Further information must come out. Not yet has there been a clear motive. If he wants to be famous, this is obviously a bad way to do it. He is clearly not sane. But it is because of this I am unable to fully think of a punishment that suits him.

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  5. We can assume he will get first degree murder and hate crime charges. I don't know if he has "clear psychological issues;" only a trained psychologist would know that.

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  6. I hope that he was not influenced by figures in his community or his church and this racist and violent mindset is contained just in him and is not shared by others around him. I am also wondering what else he did to try and"kill as many black men as he could." If he had such a violent addenda he might have hurt others before killing Caughman.

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  7. Although an obvious hate crime (this is admitted by the white supremacist himself), the man may have underlying psychological issues. These issues may have been inflamed by his community and possible racist authority figures in his life, but due to possible issues or traumas in his life, he has manifested those ideals in an extreme form. The punishment should of course be him being charged with murder, but his mental status should be considered as well.

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  8. I think he was not influenced because we live in a different time from the 1950s. People know whats right from wrong. And this looks like he just wants attention.

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  9. It is definitely possible that he has psychological issues. It is also certainly possible that he wanted attention. I think that he wanted to send a message as he had stated in the article. Not a very nice message, but a message nonetheless. I find it strange that he lived in a liberal family and he developed such a different mindset. He should be jailed so he can't harm any more people.

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  10. I don't know if he has "clear psychological issues. He'll probably just get first degree murder and hate charges!

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  11. I definitely agree that they do need to assess him for "psychological issues," but that shouldn't make a difference with what he is charged, for murder is still murder. About Kevin's point regarding Jackson's "liberal family," maybe they were seen as liberal for their area. He grew up in a suburb of a state known for wealthy people, which usually means highly conservative views. His family may not have been as conservative as the people in that suburb but not very liberal in our sense of the word, so the article/whoever said that quote probably saw their family as what is liberal for the area. Many times people living in those liberal-ish suburbs have racist views, which could have influenced his racist hate-crime.

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  12. I also agree that Jackson does have "psychological issues," but I don't think that's his only reason for murdering someone. I think his family's views would have a huge influence on his beliefs because he's raised to treat others a certain way, which could impact his opinion on interracial relations. A psychological disorder could be part of why he committed murder, but Jackson wouldn't have killed a black man specifically without some racial bias.

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  13. I think that his views on interracial relationships was influenced, both by his parents and also by other authoritative figures. In addition, I do think that he does have some psychological issues, but I think that his beliefs in racial differences was the bigger culprit of why he decided to commit this crime.

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  14. It's clear this man needs life in prison, or if there is a physiological problem, time receiving help. There's no where or no one you can point the finger at to blame this on. This was all on Jackson and no matter what he's going to be locked up.

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  15. I think that his views on the interracial influenced him to do those horrible things. His parents along with other people influenced his decisions, but I do think that he might also have some psychological issues. However, I believe his mental state is only part of the reason, and that he should be charged because he murdered a person.

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  16. However mislead a person may be, a grave crime is still a crime in the end. I do not agree with murder or any type of violent action that involves deaths of innocents. If it was a psychological disorder or just upbringing, he still should be punished accordingly according to law. Maybe an asylum would be a suitable place for someone like him. If that is not the case, then action suitable for murder should take place. Interracial relationships aren't for Johnson to decide or judge, and taking actions like these would result in obvious punishments.

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  17. In addition to what people said above, I don't think that his goal of "deterring interracial relationships" was even reasonable. One white man attacking innocent people, although terrible, isn't going to make our society's views worse. During the 1960s, the atrocities committed against African-Americans were displayed to the public and often made people empathize with the civil rights movement. Incidents like these only make us more aware of the underlying race issues that are still present today.

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  18. From previous experiences reading about these cases, I feel that when a white supremacist is involved in violent acts against minorities, the phrase of "psychological issues" is a facade used all too often to sometimes wiggle people out of blame. For instance most of the time on TV when you hear about a terror attack you IMMEDIATELY think links to ISIS, a Muslim extremist, and other things of the sort due to how much the phrase is used in conjunction. The same goes for these types of attacks, however people do not label people like these for what they truly are. Like in any sect, there are Christian or Jewish extremists out there as there are in any other group that makes it all the more glaring how this phrase is meant to garner more lenient charges towards Jackson and should not be allowed to do so.

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  19. This definitely looks like a hate crime, but also from his background of living in a home set in "1950's America" and being in the military could also lean towards having some " psychological issues'. I think he will most likely be tested for psychological issues and lean towards that for a case, or be set with a fist degree murder. I don't believe he had any outtake of trying to be famous, it was mostly his mentality and what he believed to be right.

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  20. I feel that no matter what, what this man did was wrong and illegal, therefore he should be be penalized for the horrid crime he committed. I don't think he did this just for attention, its obvious that he has issues, but I feel life in prison is the best way to solve this because that seems like a justified solution to keeping this violent supremacists from killing again.

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  21. I think that he must have had something that must've influenced his decisions to to this, the article said he was a veteran, perhaps something in the war he was in changed him so much that he was willing to kill, especially despite the fact that he grew up with liberals in a suburb and likely had a nice upbringing. according to google, baltimore is about 63.3% black. perhaps this may have had an affect on his view of black people, maybe his parents were an interracial couple and perhaps their relationship ended badly. who knows. what I can infer though, is that I believe that he was likely influenced by a war experience to do something like this and i doubt his upbringing had too much of an effect. i highly doubt he just wanted to be famous though and I think he should be punished accordingly with his hate crime of murder.

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  22. I agree with Micheal from above in that the killer should be tried and punished for his actions. i believe that his motive for these actions are horrendous and may have been influenced by his peers and or family members. In addition I do not believe that this man committed this crime for attention. It would seems unlikely due to its magnitude of his actions. I believe that he has some hidden motives behind his actions. I believe that he should be tried and punished for his actions.

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  23. I actually do not entirely with a lot of the comments above, I think that since he did have a mental disability that could have affected his mental health, that he should be provided help, and a lighter sentence. Not that I support white supremacy or other extreme groups, but I feel that a man that has been affected so obviously by something so prominent as brain problems should get help. I think that this racism was definitely brought to him by peers and his environment, as no one is born to hate others, but how he was raised, or his surroundings could have definitely affected how he acts.

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  24. It is hard growing up with hate, and that later leads to crazy situations in his life, but he deserves a life sentence, and psychiatric help.

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  25. It's frightening to see people like this still roaming around our society. I believe Jackson's former military experiences and childhood had a significant psychological effect on him, fueling his hateful feelings towards interracial relationships. Psychiatric help should be available to Jackson and I think the military should be aware of potential mental instability in their recruits. I doubt Jackson carried out these actions for fame, and I think a life sentence would be an appropriate punishment.

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  26. I definitely think this is a hate crime and this guy should go to jail. His actions are most influenced from his surroundings and peers. I'm sure he had some internal motivation and was not trying to get attention for his actions.

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