Death on the Fourth of July: The Story of a Killing, a by David Neiwert

By David Neiwert

N July four, 2000, 3 younger Asian-American males from Seattle took a highway journey to the inn city of Ocean shorelines, Washington. At a fuel station mini-mart, they encoun-tered sev-eral white skinheads, who began menacing them by means of shouting racial epithets. Trapped within the mini-mart, the five-foot-six, a hundred twenty five pound Minh Hong grabbed paring knives and crammed them into his jacket pocket. Returning to their automobile, Hong's team stumbled on a 2 hundred pound, twenty-year-old skinhead named Christopher Kinison blocking off their approach, keeping a Confeder-ate flag. the consequent melee left Kinison fatally stabbed, and 6 months later, Hong stood on trial for homicide. through the lawsuits, Hong was once requested why he had fought so not easy. He spoke back, 'I simply knew i did not are looking to prove like that man in Texas,' touching on James Byrd, the black guy dragged to his loss of life through white supremacists in Jasper, Texas, in 1998. David Neiwert makes use of Hong's case to discover the myths sur-round-ing hate crimes, delineating what's and isn't a 'hate crime,' and divulges the patchwork nature of federal and country hate-crime legislation and their enforcement.

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He was the kind of guy a lot of people knew—very outgoing, very energetic, very gregarious. Some of his friends told reporters about his gentle side: buying long-stemmed roses for a friend’s wife, or helping a friend haul furniture. 22 / D E AT H O N T H E F O U RT H O F J U LY “His reward was just a smile and a thank you,” Jenni Helm, a friend of Kinison’s told a reporter. ’” Others were adamant that Kinison was not a racist at heart. His grandmother, Mary Lindau, told reporters: “My son-in-law is a Negro.

His contact with his mother grew infrequent.

Those wide boulevards now seem bizarre; the large, mile-long rectangle that frames the town is all four-lane road with a huge barrow pit in between the lanes, and it has a peculiar emptiness to it, like some of the strangely cheap roadways you find around Cancun, Mexico. There are no sidewalks along any of these fourlane thoroughfares (though a few exist on side streets), making the town even more inhospitable to pedestrians. Unlike most tourist towns, there is very little late-night wandering by visitors to Ocean Shores.

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