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Unsolved black killings continue in Texas, says NAACP

Gary Bledsoe

President of the Texas Branch of the NAACP Gary Bledsoe

Rolling out magazine talked exclusively to the head of the Texas Branch of the NAACP, Gary Bledsoe, regarding the Alfred Wright murder. Bledsoe stated we should also be concerned about many other fairly recent unsolved killings of blacks in the Jasper, Texas area.

What has been the Texas NAACP reaction to the Alfred Wright murder?

We are extremely concerned not only over Mr. Wright’s murder, but because of the other suspicious deaths of African Americans in the area. These are blacks who have died under circumstances that suggest that there might be a racial component to these killings. As a result of this, we have met with federal authorities and are trying to get them to take certain steps. But at the same time we (NAACP) are also conducting our own formal investigation to get to the bottom of these killings. We have a local branch there on the ground in Jasper that our state agency has been working with as well as various officials in different areas.

You say there have been several killings. Can you give me a figure?

At least 16-17. Also recently there was a young African American male and his mother who had disappeared over a year ago and they just found their bodies several months ago. The community has also been on edge because of the firing of the African American police chief who they found out had a white wife. That created a firestorm.

That was in 2012?

Yes.  But look at the 2011 rigged elections, which was a huge issue. But besides that there was the execution of one of the murderers of James Byrd, Jr. Ever since then there has been a  real backlash from many people who are racist in nature.

Sabine County is not exactly Jasper, Texas. How far away is Jasper from these murders?

All of these crimes have been committed in communities right next door to Jasper, no more than 30-40 minutes away in many cases. These areas for example are in Woodville, Center and Shelby Counties, all areas around Jasper.

 

 

 

 

 



7 Comments

  1. Seriously on February 15, 2014 at 8:50 am

    You can write what you want, but please check your facts. No one, and I mean NO ONE, “found out” that the police chief had a white wife. That couple has been known to the community for several years. You can speculate all you want that he was fired for racial reasons, but it’s not because of his wife. We (Jasper) have known him and his wife for years. Read the news stories on the matter of his time as chief and make another assumption.

    • Mo Barnes on February 15, 2014 at 12:55 pm

      Hi Mo Barnes here, the statement about his wife came verbatim from Mr. Bledsoe not from me. I do check my facts, How is the atmosphere in athe county area with all the attentiion? If you are in the area doe you feel on “edge”. My email is [email protected]

    • Arthur McDonald on February 19, 2014 at 9:56 am

      Just because you knew him and his wife doesn’t mean that ALL of Jasper is responsible for his being fired…it’s just that maybe there may have been a few that were not okay with that fact of his life. Actually, it makes even MORE sense for it to happen to one that was known by his community as oppose to him keeping his wife a secret, or something.

      • Seriously on February 19, 2014 at 8:35 pm

        …damn near everyone knows his wife is white. He was a state trooper and volunteer firefighter. They both participated in all kinds of community events – together. What everyone had a problem with was his questionable qualifications and the cover up he did for a family member who got a minor pregnant and then brought her to get an abortion without parental consent. I wish these news stories would stop making us sound so racist. There is no more racism here than there is anywhere else. It’s nothing like they make it seem. Is there some racial tension? Sure. Should there be? Absolutely not. Don’t judge a whole town on a few dumbasses.

  2. John H. Montgomery Jr. on February 18, 2014 at 1:24 pm

    But the NAACP says nothing about the killing Fields in chicago

    • Arthur McDonald on February 19, 2014 at 9:57 am

      Well, this is specifically about a localized situation. I’m certain that if anyone were to inquire, they’d give answers. But it of course would have to be the branch in Chicago.

      • John H. Montgomery Jr. on February 19, 2014 at 11:09 am

        they seem to pick certain battles. they shouldn’t wait until something happen.