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June 24, 2012

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From our Six Feet Under desk:

Coincidentally or not, the New York Times has run two pieces in the past few days about the racial divide in the burial business.

From Friday’s Times:

Racial Tensions Flare Anew in a Texas Town

JASPER, Tex. — For more than 100 years, a rickety iron fence separated the black graves from the white ones at a cemetery in this East Texas town. Months after the brutal murder here of James Byrd Jr., a black man chained to a pickup truck and dragged to death by three white men on June 7, 1998, the fence was torn down by residents as a sign of unity and reconciliation.

Fourteen years later, Jasper City Cemetery remains segregated: blacks, including Mr. Byrd, are buried near the bottom of the hill, while whites are buried at the top.

“It’s our custom, here in the South, here…

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