This is a very interesting part of the world to live in. If this were a Stephen King novel, I’d swear that something lives deep under the earth here.
Linden has long been a nest of racism. This isn’t the first (nor anywhere near) crime against a black person that has been winked at by the local authorities. Two very good examples were cited by Diogenes the Cynic in the first post.
Also mentioned by Diogenes the Cynic, Shreveport, LA. The racism there has escalated over recent years to what I consider police sanctioned murder. The killing by the police of cellphone-wielding Marquise Hudspeth in Shreveport’s sister city of Bossier underscores what goes on there almost weekly. As a side note, whites were asked by the organizers not to attend the city-wide memorial services which followed the funeral.
A tourist town, Jefferson, lies just a few miles south of Linden. It has a huge population of Seventh Day Adventists. My car needed a jumpstart in Jefferson once, and I had the hood up and the cables connected to my battery, waiting for someone to offer a hand. A man approached me, asked about my car. Nodded a couple of times, then asked if I eat meat. When I stammered out an affirmative, he walked away, got into his truck and drove off. While certainly not on par with murder or assault, it does show the “Us against Them” mentality that is so prevalent in this area.
Gilmer, TX. Gained national attention after the disappearance of a young girl and the real life witch hunt that followed, as documented in the Dateline feature “A Touch of Evil”.
All in all, a very disturbing place.