With no official news on how Jasper’s Alfred Wright wound up dead in an East Texas field last fall, national media have joined local activists in airing their own theories.
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Autopsy results say Alfred Wright died of an accidental drug overdose, but activists are planning a “Justice for Alfred” rally, airing their concerns that Wright was another victim of violent racial tension in East Texas.
In this episode, we update you on the man who went missing in Jasper, TX. His tragic story continues.
At a press conference this morning in Beaumont, the family of Alfred Wright—who was found dead last month after disappearing off a rural East Texas highway—criticized the official investigation into his death.
There’s ample precedent in Jasper for violence against a black man out alone at night, but authorities are frustrated that so many have been quick to find racism and scandal in Alfred Wright’s mysterious disappearance.
The fact that Byrd’s producers are unwilling to screen the film in its subject’s hometown, fearing racist backlash, may be proof enough of its importance.