Is This What It Means To Be White? : Code Switch In 1965, a white minister and civil rights organizer, James Reeb, was killed by a group of white men in Selma, Ala. Reeb's death drew national outrage, but no one was ever held accountable. We spoke to two reporters — white Southerners of a younger generation — about the lies that kept this murder from being solved.
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Is This What It Means To Be White?

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Is This What It Means To Be White?

Is This What It Means To Be White?

Is This What It Means To Be White?

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In 1965, a white minister and civil rights organizer, James Reeb, was killed by a group of white men in Selma, Ala. Reeb's death drew national outrage, but no one was ever held accountable. We spoke to two reporters — white Southerners of a younger generation — about the lies that kept this murder from being solved.

Three men were arrested in the beating of three white ministers. The men were identified as (L-R) Elmer L. Cook, 41; Willia m Stanley Hoggle, 36; and R. B. Kelly, 38. Bettmann Archive/Getty Images hide caption

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Three men were arrested in the beating of three white ministers. The men were identified as (L-R) Elmer L. Cook, 41; Willia m Stanley Hoggle, 36; and R. B. Kelly, 38.

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