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“But at least I shot me a nigger” Anti-Black Hate Crimes from 2011-21

Updated: Mar 21



In Mississippi Burning, the greatly flawed film telling of the murder of Civil Rights workers James Chaney, Michael Schwerner, and Andrew Goodman, one of their killers is heard saying, “You only left me a nigger, but at least I shot me a nigger.” Chaney [pictured below post] was the only Black person in the group and his killer was disappointed in only getting to kill him, but relieved that at least he did kill a Nigger. Unfortunately, killing Niggers has not gone out of style. Blacks account for the most targeted group when it comes to racial hate crimes.[1]


Below is a very brief timeline of some of the hate motivated murders that have flown under the radar. I have opted to leave out the Charleston, SC Mother Emanuel massacre, when White Supremacist Dylann Roof killed 9 Black church members after joining their Bible study. My point in this list is to show that what happened in Charleston with Roof is not a fluke or an anomaly. Hate crimes are alive and well in America, and not just below the Mason-Dixon line.


2011: Jackson, MS – June 26 – 47-year-old James Craig Anderson is beaten by a group of White teenagers who yell racial slurs at him. Anderson was standing in the parking lot of a hotel when he was targeted by the group. After the beating, Anderson was run over by 18-year-old Deryl Dedmon’s pickup truck, killing him.


2012: Tulsa, OK – Good Friday April 6 – Two White men, 19-year-old Jake England and 32-year-old Alvin Watts, go on a shooting spree targeting Blacks. They drive around the Black section of Tulsa shooting and killing Dannaer Fields, Bobby Clark, and William Allen and wounding David Hall and Deon Tucker.


2014: Chicago, IL – March 19 – 59-year-old Michael Tingling was walking with his 15-year-old daughter when Joseph Firek calls Tingling a Nigger. After stepping in front of his daughter to shield her, Firek punches Tingling in the chest. The men begin fighting, but Tingling backs away and leaves with his daughter while Firek follows. Tingling soon collapses and is rushed to a hospital where he dies from a combination of heart disease and stress from the attack.

2016: Gresham, OR – August 10 – Russell Courtier, encouraged by his then girlfriend, Colleen Hunt, runs over and killed 19-year-old Larnell Bruce Jr. with his SUV. The murder followed a fistfight between Bruce and Courtier outside of a 7-Eleven store. Courtier was a member of the White supremacist prison European Kindred at the time of the murder.


2017: New York City, NY – March 20 – 28-year-old James Jackson, an Army veteran, travels from Baltimore to New York City in the hopes of starting a race war. Armed with a sword, Jackson finds 66-year-old Timothy Caughman and stabs him to death.


2018: Jeffersontown, KY – October 24 – Gregory Bush shoots and kills 69-year-old Maurice Stallard inside of a Kroger grocery store. Stallard was with his grandson. After shooting Stallard, Bush exits the Kroger and kills 67-year-old Vickie Lee Jones in the parking lot. Video surveillance shows that before the Kroger shooting, Bush had attempted to enter First Baptist Church of Jeffersontown, a Black church.


2018: Moore, OK – April 14 – 21-year-olds Alize Smith and Jarron Moreland go to purchase a gun from an ad on Craigslist. A white van with two White men, brothers Kevin Garcia- Boettler and Brett Boettler, pulled up at the set location. According to their killers, while Smith and Moreland were in the back seat of the van, the brothers claimed to have heard a gun cocking. Smith and Moreland were then shot to death. With the help of their mother and her boyfriend, Garcia-Boettler and Boettler dismember Smith and Moreland, wrap the remains in tarps, secure them to cinderblocks and dump them into a pond.


2018: Shawnee, KS – July 14 – 43-year-old MeShon Cooper-Williams’ body was found at the home of White supremacist Ronald Lee Kidwell. Kidwell had been convicted of beating and raping a Black woman prior to murdering Cooper-Williams. Kidwell’s daughter, Crystal Foster, stated that her father “pretends to be [Black people’s] friends and then he harms them… He’s the true definition of evil."


2019: Peoria, AZ – July 4 – 17-year-old Elijah Al-Amin [pictured above], of Black, Hispanic, and Native American heritage, was on his way home from his girlfriend’s house when he stopped by a convenience store around 2am. While standing in front of the soda machine, Michael Paul Adams stabs Al-Amin in the back and fatally slits his throat. Adams stated that he heard Al-Amin listening to rap music in his car before entering the store and felt in danger and needed to attack Al-Amin.


2020: Tulsa, OK – June 6 – 36-year-old father of three Carlos Carson was walking to his motel room when White security guard Christopher Straight sprays him with pepper spray in the parking lot in an unprovoked attack. Straight then pulls out his gun and shoots Carson dead. Straight previously worked as a Police Officer and Corrections Officer and has a long history of racist behavior.


2021: Belmont, MA – January 19 – After a heated roadside argument with 35-year-old Henry Tapia, Dean Kapsalis yells racial slurs at him as he gets into his truck. Kapsalis then proceeds to run Tapia over, killing him.


[1] https://publicintegrity.org/politics/black-americans-still-are-victims-of-hate-crimes-more-than-any-other-group/ https://www.nbcnews.com/news/nbcblk/every-tally-hate-crimes-blacks-are-most-frequent-victims-n938541



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