By Jueseppi B.
Throughout the month Of February, TheObamaCrat™ will post a daily series called The Black History Moment Series. Each day for 28 days of this historic month you will be given the food of Black History to satisfy your hunger for knowledge.
Alfred Wright, a Black 28-year-old husband and father, was found dead last fall just outside a small town in Texas. Although his bodied was mutilated and evidence of trauma, authorities ruled “accidental overdose” as the cause of his death. A prominent elected official in Texas announced last week that the Department of Justice is now looking into the matter.
Wright, a father of three boys, worked as a physical therapist. After calling his wife Lauren, a white woman, after his truck broke down en route to seeing a patient, things began to unravel for the Wright family. According to Mrs. Wright, she called her parents to assist her husband who arrived at the store to find their son-in-law was gone. Wright’s wife says in an editorial piece that when she called her husband, all she could hear was heavy breathing when he answered.
Wright grew up in Jasper, the town where the infamous racially-charged murder of James Byrd took place. The family seems to allege his marriage to a white woman could have been motive for someone to kill the man.
Wright was found by his father and volunteers on November 13, with his throat slit, a missing ear and two missing front teeth. Police called off their search just after four days after Wright was initially reported missing, with he being found 18 days later. The state of Wright’s body raised cause of suspicion by the family, who believe that if Wright had been in the woods for 18 days his body would have been decomposed further.
After a coroner gave overdose as a cause of death, the Wright family hired a person to perform a second autopsy. Although the results of the blood work have yet to be returned, the investigator clearly puts the cause of death as a result of severe neck trauma and the slit throat.
Rep. Shelia Jackson Lee said last Monday in a press statement that Department of Justice will investigate the Alfred Wright case in a thorough and independent investigation. There was no timetable offered for the federal investigation, however. The family maintains that Wright, a former athlete, was never seen using drugs of any sort and was practiced a clean lifestyle. Savion Wright, Alfred Wright’s mother, started a GoFundMe account for he son’s wife, Lauren, and their children.
Thank you HipHopWired.
Created by Savion J. Wright on January 28, 2014
We are raising money for Alfred Wright. Alfred was taken from this world so suddenly and is left survived with his wife and 3 sons. Alfred was a hard worker and took care of everything financially. Now that he is gone his family is left with the burden of no monetary income. If you want to donate, please give whatever God puts on your heart to give. ALL proceeds will go to the Justice For Alfred Fund for his Justice and family!
Family members remain skeptical of authorities in part because of what happened in Jasper in 1998, when three white men in a pickup truck dragged a black man to his death.
“We found the body,” said Douglas. “The sheriff has never asked us any questions. The Texas Rangers haven’t asked us any questions. We found the body.”
Wright’s wife also expressed skepticism.
“I think we all question the motives,” said Lauren. “Do they know something that we don’t know? Are they trying to cover it up for somebody? We don’t know.”
This week, the US Justice Department moved to take over the investigation. Calls to the Sabine County Sheriff and the Texas Ranger’s Office were not returned.
“None of us will stop until we find out who did it and why they did it and see that justice is served,” said Lauren.
Raised: $21,995.00 Goal: $25,000.00
Please donate if you can find it in your heart to do so. gofundme.com/AlfredWright
Who Is Alfred Wright? 6 Facts To Know About Texas Physical Therapist’s Mysterious Death
By Treye Green
Treye Green is a reporter for The International Business Times and a recent graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
The death of 28-year-old Alfred Wright has drawn suspicion since the Jasper, Texas, physical therapist went missing in November 2013.
Wright was traveling to treat a patient when his truck broke down close to a convenience store outside of Hephill, Texas, reports KHOU. He called his wife Lauren Wright for help, alerting her that the truck was having problems and he needed someone to pick him up. After contacting his parents – who agreed to pick Wright up — Alfred’s wife called him back on the phone. “And that’s when I heard the heavy breathing, the respiratory distress of some kind. It was very heavy breathing and I just could sense that something wasn’t right,” she told KHOU.
Wright’s parents showed up to pick up their son, only to find the truck abandoned and no sign of him. The Sabine County Sherriff’s Office initially conducted a search for the missing man. But it wasn’t until weeks after the search was called off that family members located his body.
The actions of the deputies have raised numerous questions from Alfred’s family and people across the nation. And to update you the latest details of the case, we’ve gathered six important facts to know about the investigation of Alfred Wright’s mysterious death.
1. The Department Of Justice Is Taking Over The Case
On Feb. 3, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, announced that the U.S. Department of Justice will open an investigation on the death of Wright, reports KTRE. The case had previously been passed from the Sabine County Sheriff’s office to the Texas Rangers. It was the Rangers who requested the assistance of the FBI in their investigation. In her petition to the Department of Justice, Jackson Lee pinpointed eight areas where she thought the Sabine County Sheriff’s investigation overlooked “overwhelming and credible evidence.”
2. The Search For Wright Was Called Off By Local Authorities
County investigators ended the search for Wright after just three days. This decision was made even after they discovered his keys, wallet and clothing. The premature end of the search is one of the points investigation Jackson Lee questioned in her petition to the FBI.
3. Wright’s Family Discovered Him After Launching Their Own Search
Fifteen days after authorities gave up, Wright’s family did their own search. They found his body lying face down in the woods only about a mile and a half from where his truck broke down, according to KHOU. The body was also only a few yards from the command post of the initial search. Wright’s body was discovered unclothed, and in too good condition to have been in the elements for the 18 days, the family believes.
4. The Two Autopsies In The Case Contradict
The initial autopsy that Sabine County authorities ordered ruled out homicide, citing an accidental drug overdose as the cause of death. But a private autopsy ordered by Wright’s family found severe trauma that was “definitely suspicious of homicidal violence.” According to the Wright family, since county authorities have not turned over the photographs from the first autopsy to the second medical examiner, the results of the second autopsy conducted in Houston haven’t been finalized. Wright’s family also is adamant that he would have never abused drugs, challenging the findings in the county autopsy.
5. Wright’s Body Had Been Mutilated
According to the second autopsy of his remains, it was discovered that the body was missing an ear, two teeth, and the tongue and throat had appeared to have been slashed.
6. His Family Believes He Was Murdered
Speaking to KHOU, Lauren said she is sure her husband was killed. “I know my husband was killed by somebody. There’s no question in my mind,” she said.
Alfred Wright’s father, Douglas Wright, also believes the circumstances surrounding the case are extremely suspicious, especially the action of the authorities. “We found the body. The sheriff has never asked us any questions. The Texas Rangers haven’t asked us any questions. We found the body,” said Douglas.
And Lauren echoed his questions about their actions. “I think we all question the motives. Do they know something that we don’t know? Are they trying to cover it up for somebody? We don’t know,” she said.
Thank you International Business Times.
No such thing as a “Post Racial America” exist. The word “Post” is defined as “after.”
The term Post Racial America is defined as…..Post-racial America is a theoretical environment where the United States is devoid of racial preference, discrimination, and prejudice. Some Americans believed that the election of Barack Obama as President and wider acceptance of interracial marriage signified that the nation had entered this state, while others believe that groups such as the Tea Party movement prove it has not.
In January 2010 the Pew Research Center conducted a poll in conjunction with National Public Radio that indicated that 39% of persons of African-American descent felt they were in a better position than they had been five years ago, an increase of 19% from the previous poll taken in 2008. Actor and director Mario Van Peebles made a television documentary titled Fair Game that challenged the idea that the United States had become a post-racial society.
Documentary “Fair Game”
Whats disgusting to me, as a Black Man, is I could only fine this 1 minute 6 second You Tube clip on this documentary by Mario Van Peebles…..in This Post Racial AmeriKKKa.
Allow me to break it down for you who don’t know….there is no such thing as a “Post Racial America.” There is a “Post Racial AmeriKKKa”…and THAT AmeriKKKa has become a land of genocide for Black males.
Stand Your Ground Laws in 31 states have made it open season on Black males, replacing the tree & rope of southern lynchings with a firearm sanctioned by The NRA, A.L.E.C., The Koch Brothers and racist, scared, gun nuts who stand behind an antiquated 2nd amendment.
Trayvon Martin. Jordan Davis. Melissa Alexander. Remember the names, then research the thousands of other names you never hear about on local & national media networks, of Black skinned Americans killed under this Stand Your Ground Law.
You don’t need a rope or a tree to lynch a Black American in 2013. You only need to procure a gun at a gun trade show, or any gun shop across AmeriKKKa, then feel threatened by someone of color. Aim, pull the trigger. Then scream Self Defense.
How can a man go missing in Jasper, Texas, be found by family members, have a medical examiner declare his death caused by a drug over dose, with his throat sliced open and his ear cut off? This is 2014….not 1814….how does a “post racial” America allow this to happen?
Alfred Wright was a 28-year-old physical therapist, a “man of great faith,” and father of three sons. He grew up in Jasper, Texas along with four siblings, and a father who was both the town’s pastor and gym teacher. Friends described him as ambitious, clean-living, hard-working, fun-loving, brilliant and a wonderful father.
He went missing for 18 days. He was found by volunteers and his father, stripped down to his shorts and one sock, with his throat cleanly slit and one ear missing. His front teeth were broken and missing.
The police recorded the cause of death as “accidental drug overdose.”
Case closed, according to Jasper cops.
Jasper, Texas…..sound a bit familiar?
Murder of James Byrd, Jr.
James Byrd, Jr. (May 2, 1949 – June 7, 1998) was an African-American who was murdered by three men, of whom at least two were white supremacists, in Jasper, Texas, on June 7, 1998. Shawn Berry, Lawrence Russell Brewer, and John King dragged Byrd for three miles behind a pick-up truck along an asphalt road. Byrd, who remained conscious throughout most of the ordeal, was killed when his body hit the edge of a culvert, severing his right arm and head. The murderers drove on for another mile before dumping his torso in front of an African-American cemetery in Jasper. Byrd’s lynching-by-dragging gave impetus to passage of a Texas hate crimes law. It later led to the federal Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, commonly known as the Matthew Shepard Act, which passed on October 22, 2009, and which President Barack Obama signed into law on October 28, 2009.
Lawrence Russell Brewer was executed by lethal injection for this crime by the state of Texas on September 21, 2011. King remains on Texas’ death row while appeals are pending, while Berry was sentenced to life imprisonment.
On June 7, 1998, Byrd, age 49, accepted a ride from Shawn Berry (age 24), Lawrence Russell Brewer (age 31) and John King (age 23). Berry, who was driving, was acquainted with Byrd from around town. Instead of taking Byrd home, the three men took Byrd to a remote county road out of town, beat him severely, urinated on him and chained him by his ankles to their pickup truck before dragging him for approximately 1.5 miles. Brewer later claimed that Byrd’s throat had been slashed by Berry before he was dragged. However, forensic evidence suggests that Byrd had been attempting to keep his head up while being dragged, and an autopsy suggested that Byrd was alive during much of the dragging. Byrd died after his right arm and head were severed when his body hit a culvert. Byrd’s brain and skull were found intact, further suggesting he maintained consciousness while being dragged.
Berry, Brewer and King dumped their victim’s mutilated remains in front of an African-American church on Huff Creek Road; the three men then went to a barbecue. Along the area where Byrd was dragged, authorities found a wrench with “Berry” written on it. They also found a lighter that was inscribed with “Possum”, which was King’s prison nickname. The following morning, Byrd’s limbs were found scattered across a seldom-used road. The police found 81 places that were littered with Byrd’s remains. State law enforcement officials, along with Jasper’s District Attorney, determined that since Brewer and King were well-known white supremacists, the murder was a hate crime. They decided to call upon the Federal Bureau of Investigation less than 24 hours after the discovery of Byrd’s remains.
King had several racist tattoos: a black man hanging from a tree, Nazi symbols, the words “Aryan Pride,” and the patch for a gang of white supremacist inmates known as the Confederate Knights of America. In a jailhouse letter to Brewer that was intercepted by jail officials, King expressed pride in the crime and said that he realized while committing the murder that he might have to die. “Regardless of the outcome of this, we have made history. Death before dishonor. Sieg Heil!” King wrote. An officer investigating the case also testified that witnesses said that King had referenced The Turner Diaries after beating Byrd.
Berry, Brewer and King were tried and convicted for Byrd’s murder. Brewer and King received the death penalty, while Berry was sentenced tolife in prison. Brewer was executed by lethal injection on September 21, 2011 while King remains on Texas’ death row.
Now fast forward to Alfred Wright……
Alfred’s truck broke down in a package store parking while he was on his way to see a patient. He called his wife Lauren, who called her parents; by the time they got there, he was gone. Lauren attempted to call him back, but all she heard when he picked up the phone was heavy breathing. The store clerk, who remembers Wright because he was dressed in scrubs, said he saw him tuck his phone into his sock (where it was later found) and take off jogging “of his own free will.”
Four days later, the Sherriff’s department called off the search for Alfred, saying they had “exhausted all of their resources.” His wife and family maintained that there was no way he’d just take off into the woods for no reason, especially in a town as racially tense as Jasper. Doubtless, they had in mind another incident that had taken place in 1998 about 45 minutes away, when a black man by the name of James Byrd was abducted, dragged behind a pickup, chopped to pieces and left in the Jasper cemetery — by three white men.
Yes, We are most definitely in the midst of a post racial AmeriKKKa.
Allow me to repeat this…..
Post-racial America is a theoretical environment where the United States is devoid of racial preference, discrimination, and prejudice. Some Americans believed that the election of Barack Obama as President and wider acceptance of interracial marriage signified that the nation had entered this state, while others believe that groups such as the Tea Party movement prove it has not.
In January 2010 the Pew Research Center conducted a poll in conjunction with National Public Radio that indicated that 39% of persons of African-American descent felt they were in a better position than they had been five years ago, an increase of 19% from the previous poll taken in 2008.
This Is OUR Black History In 2014.
My condolences to the Wright family.
In Case You Missed This Series….Black History Month 2014 Presents: Celebrating Black History Month; The Black History Moment Series, #1 thru #13.