Premieres Saturday, October 13 at 8 PM ET/PT on Investigation Discovery
“Love & Hate Crime: A Murder in Mississippi” looks at the murder of James Craig Anderson, who was targeted by a group of young white teens simply because of the color of his skin. In a country where racial tensions dominate the political debate, this documentary shares a jarring glimpse into the modern day sentiments that continue to bolster racism in America’s deep south.
In June, 2011 a group of white teens travelled from Rankin County, MS to the nearby Jackson to intentionally assault, attack and belittle the majority black population of the city, which they dubbed “Jafrica.” James Craig Anderson became the group’s unsuspecting target, who was attacked and fatally ran over by their car. The driver was convicted of murder, but the passengers in the vehicle was released.
Through the work of the Southern Poverty Law Center, it was discovered that this was not an isolated event, but a pattern of racially-motivated lashing out from a white suburban community. Viewed as a modern day lynching, the case was turned over to the FBI who successfully prosecuted nine additional teenagers for the first time under federal hate crime laws.
Through interviews with Anderson’s loved ones, officials involved in the case, and family members of one of the convicted teens, “Love & Hate Crime: A Murder in Mississippi” explores the deeper impact of the psychological effects of intolerance, showing how a culture of hate can so quickly to turn into a culture of violence.