A white racist accused of fatally stabbing a 66-year-old stranger on a Manhattan street because he was black says he'd intended it as "a practice run" in a mission to deter interracial relationships.
James Harris Jackson, 28, spoke with a reporter for the Daily News at New York City's Rikers Island jail complex.
He said he envisioned a white woman thinking: "Well, if that guy feels so strongly about it, maybe I shouldn't do it."
The victim, Timothy Caughman, who was remembered as a gentleman and a good neighbor, was alone and collecting bottles for recycling last week when he was attacked from behind with a sword. He staggered, bleeding, into a police station and later died at a hospital.
Jackson was in court Monday, as prosecutors charged him with murder as an act of terrorism in addition to the murder as a hate crime charge he'd already been facing. Jackson did not speak, and his attorney had no comment.
A man travels to New York with the expressed intent of terrorizing people into changing how they live and who they love, through an act of murder.
If that is not terrorism I don't know what is.
And yet the man who ran for office on the promise of protecting this country from terrorism says nothing.
Is it because this man has the wrong color skin to fit into Trump's idea of what a terrorist should look like? Or because banning Muslims would have done nothing to stop his attack?