A first-rate work of reportage, Hate Crime is also a searing look at how race continues to shape life in America.A former reporter and anchor for a CBS radio affiliate, Joyce King is an award-winning twenty-year broadcast veteran. One Jasper is extremely small, a typical East Texas bedroom community.She also writes guest columns and opinion pieces for USA Today, The Christian Science Monitor, and The Dallas Morning News. Home to nearly 8,000 people, it is the county seat, a proud distinction for any Texas town.
A lot of the other jobs pay only the minimum wage, or slightly better.
It even has what proud residents jokingly call "the Mall," its huge twenty-four-hour Wal-Mart Supercenter, the biggest deal in town.
That the slow pace in Jasper does not hold much interest for its young people is something with which town leaders constantly struggle.
Given that there is little to do in Jasper on the weekend, others routinely grab Burger King specials or pack up their own food for picnic get-togethers at nearby Martin Dies Jr. Dozens more hitch up the boat or Jet Skis and head for Steinhagen Lake, Toledo Bend, or Sam Rayburn Reservoir, a beautiful body of water named after the native son who proudly served as one of the nation's most colorful Speakers of the House of Representatives and who is widely remembered for his dogged insistence that his colleagues vote for the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Others, shunning big-city lights and nearby tourist attractions, love the quiet serenity and beauty of Jasper.
every fest offers the chance to find the (temporary) love of your life. Social sports leagues are incredibly incestuous, and you could make an incredibly complex diagram mapping out how the pitcher from I’d Kick That has hooked up with Ballsagna’s entire infield.