Latest Racist Killing Yet Another Fatal Reminder: Normalizing Racism Entails Deadly Risk - Advancement Project - Advancement Project

Latest Racist Killing Yet Another Fatal Reminder: Normalizing Racism Entails Deadly Risk

Washington – Last night in New York City, a White man turned himself in to police after stabbing and killing of Timothy Caughman, a 66 year-old Black man from Manhattan. According to reports, the assailant, James Harris Jackson, traveled from Baltimore to New York City to kill African Americans because he felt “rage against Black men who get romantically involved with White women.” The national office of Advancement Project, a racial justice organization, released the following statement:

“Another hate crime has taken the life of an African American. The killing of Timothy Caughman should outrage all of us. Like Dylann Roof, James Harris Jackson harbored hate in his heart that took the life of another person who was dehumanized because he was Black. Jackson, motivated by White supremacy, went to New York to hunt for Black men, senselessly and tragically killing Mr. Caughman,” said Judith Browne Dianis, Executive Director of Advancement Project’s national office. “The rise of hate crimes like this one are countenanced because of the White supremacist views embraced across this country and by those in power — including those in the White House. But this is not acceptable; we must continue to resist.”

“Caughman’s murderer referenced his rage against Black men who are romantically involved with White women – a tragic parallel with the murder of Emmett Till and countless lynchings of Black men. Throughout our history, Black men and women have been objectified and wrongfully labeled sexual predators, resulting in their death, harm and rape. The persistence of this narrative is a testament the fact that White supremacy is alive and well in America.”

“Hate speech and encouraging violence, especially from the President of the United States, is dangerous and mortal. From Kansas to New York and beyond, the rise in hate crimes tied to Donald Trump’s rhetoric shows the unacceptable impact of his words. Indeed, there is an empowering effect on racists.”

“At this moment it is more important than ever to unite and protect each other. This is not the first time that people of color face existential threats in the streets. We come from survivors of racial terrorism — our history is one of strength, resistance and resilience. We will overcome this latest, violent manifestations of White supremacy.”

“One of Timothy Caughman’s last messages on Twitter referenced his love for his country and our democracy. The question is, does his country love him enough to put an end to the White supremacist violence that took his life?”

As members of the press are faced with covering yet another killing of people of color, we call on them to observe common-sense standards – such as those listed in this document – and not criminalize victims in the coverage of their own murder, as was done in the initial coverage of Timothy Caughman’s murder.

###

www.advancementproject.org

Advancement Project is a multi-racial civil rights organization. Founded by a team of veteran civil rights lawyers in 1999, Advancement Project was created to develop and inspire community-based solutions based on the same high quality legal analysis and public education campaigns that produced the landmark civil rights victories of earlier

KEEP READING

For Us By Us: Racial Justice Champions Fund the Movement

Colin Kaepernick and Jesse Williams Show Up for Racial Justice

Read More
Colin Kaepernick Puts Money Where His Mouth Is

Advancement Project is one of last organizations to receive portion of $1 million donation from former football player, social justice advocate

Read More
On civil rights, we must reimagine freedom after Trump

The year since the election has been challenging. But this moment also presents us with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to reimagine and rebuild.

Read More
Much Like the Unwarranted Suspension of Youth of Color, Jemele Hill’s ESPN Suspension is Another Example Racial Injustice

This two-week suspension is an effort to silence an African American who has a national platform, thousands of followers and a message that challenges the status quo. ESPN should be ashamed.

Read More
Premeditated public execution of #AnthonyLamarSmith illustrates racist system

Every detail of this case has implications on how people of color are disregarded, what our judicial system is turning into, and what over policing is doing to our communities.

Read More
Statement on White Extremist Rally and Terrorist Attack

Trump has encouraged violence against protestors in his rallies, and today was an extension of that hatred.

Read More
Advancement Project Statement on Verdict in Trial of Officer Jeronimo Yanez

A police officer claiming to be in fear when encountering a Black person should not be enough to justify taking a life.

Read More
DHS Raids Ignore Blatant Civil Rights Abuse and Fuels Hypercriminalization and Mass Incarceration

As President Obama prepares to leave office, he is solidifying his tarnished legacy when it comes to incarcerating families in need of safety.

Read More
Racial Justice Groups Denounce Gov. Scott’s Power-Grab

Governor Scott joins a long, ugly history where Black people are told that their political participation doesn’t matter and can be voided.

Read More