God'll Cut You Down: The Tangled Tale of a White Supremacist, a Black Hustler, a Murder, and How I Lost a Year in Mississippi

God'll Cut You Down: The Tangled Tale of a White Supremacist, a Black Hustler, a Murder, and How I Lost a Year in Mississippi

John Safran / Jul 21, 2019

God ll Cut You Down The Tangled Tale of a White Supremacist a Black Hustler a Murder and How I Lost a Year in Mississippi An unlikely journalist a murder case in Mississippi and a fascinating literary true crime story in the style of Jon Ronson A notorious white supremacist named Richard Barrett was brutally murdered i

  • Title: God'll Cut You Down: The Tangled Tale of a White Supremacist, a Black Hustler, a Murder, and How I Lost a Year in Mississippi
  • Author: John Safran
  • ISBN: 9781594633355
  • Page: 128
  • Format: Hardcover
  • An unlikely journalist, a murder case in Mississippi, and a fascinating literary true crime story in the style of Jon Ronson A notorious white supremacist named Richard Barrett was brutally murdered in Mississippi in 2010 by a young black man named Vincent McGee At first the murder seemed a twist on old Deep South race crimes But then new revelations and complications cAn unlikely journalist, a murder case in Mississippi, and a fascinating literary true crime story in the style of Jon Ronson A notorious white supremacist named Richard Barrett was brutally murdered in Mississippi in 2010 by a young black man named Vincent McGee At first the murder seemed a twist on old Deep South race crimes But then new revelations and complications came to light Maybe it was a dispute over money rather than race or, maybe and intriguingly, over sex John Safran, a young white Jewish Australian documentarian, had been in Mississippi and interviewed Barrett for a film on race When he learned of Barrett s murder, he returned to find out what happened and became caught up in the twists and turns of the case During his time in Mississippi, Safran got deeper and deeper into this gothic southern world, becoming entwined in the lives of those connected with the murder white separatist frenemies, black lawyers, police investigators, oddball neighbors, the stunned families, even the killer himself And the he talked with them, the less simple the crime and the people involved seemed to be In the end, he discovered how profoundly and indelibly complex the truth about someone s life and death can be This is a brilliant, haunting, hilarious, unsettling story about race, money, sex, and power in the modern American South from an outsider s point of view.

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    1. i don't really read a lot of nonfiction, so when i do, it needs to be either about a subject matter i have a deep personal interest in: food, sharks, byron, books/linguistics, etc, or it needs to be really fun. and i thought this one was really fun's also deeply sad, but safran doesn't really give you much of a chance to absorb the sad parts, because this book is kinda like this guy:and it's all flash and flutter before he is off onto another tangent of the story, another anecdote, another brief [...]


    2. Murder in Mississippi is an enthralling exploration of a murder, its participants, and its aftermath, written by John Safran - one of Australia’s best prodders of hornets’ nests.During the filming of his last television series, Race Relations Safran travelled to Mississippi and publicly pranked white supremacist Richard Barrett, publicly announcing that Barrett had African ancestry (as we all do). A year later Barrett was brutally murdered, his repeatedly stabbed and partly burnt body recove [...]


    3. John Safran is a national treasure with balls of steel, and I've enjoyed his TV and radio work for many years. I am not a hater, but I think what this book amounts to is a misallocation of his genius, a waste of his precious time and resources. The setup here is that he interviewed and played a clever DNA test prank on a white supremacist in Jackson, Mississippi for a TV segment that ultimately never aired, and then, when the supremacist was later murdered by a black man, returned to Jackson to [...]


    4. I really loved this book. I heard Safran talk about it at the Emerging Writers' Festival earlier this year, and was excited to hear him discuss his love of Capote and the true crime genre. I was initially worried that my high expectations might make this book fall short of impressing me, but it lived up to all my hopes.As much an exploration of what happens when an author goes chasing a story as a an exploration of the story itself, Murder in Mississippi manages to explore a small-town crime, ra [...]


    5. Man, it’s been a really long time since I’ve had a book hangover, I forgot what it was like. I also forgot that you can usually tell when it’s about to happen. Towards the end of the book–which you have finished at all costs, ignoring sleep and food–you start to feel a little funny, like the boundaries between real life and book life have disappeared. And then afterwards, you’re just done. With books, with stories, with bathing. After I finished it, I ended up starting another rewatc [...]


    6. When John Safran, investigative reporter from Melbourne, Australia, heard that white supremacist Richard Barrett had been murdered he was shocked to the core. He had been in Mississippi a year earlier, interviewing the man for his TV series Race Relations. The two days he had spent with Barrett were days which left him uneasy and hadn’t left his mind – now he was dead, murdered at the hands of a black man.Deciding he needed to be in Mississippi to cover the trial, he took time off from work [...]


    7. 15/11 - I've never watched any of John Safran's shows because I don't like to see journalists confronting and antagonising dangerous people, like KKK grand dragons (why on earth are they 'dragons'?). It's not like they're going to change their minds, and sometimes it doesn't seem too far-fetched to worry about the offending journalist's (and possibly their camera man) body being found hanging from a tree a week later.If I was watching this, rather than reading it, I would be yelling at the tv de [...]


    8. This book is a really difficult book to evaluate. I mean, it is a pretty unique true crime novel, but unique can be both a positive and negative term.And to be honest, my first impression was not very good. When I read a true crime novel, I'd want to read more about the crime, not about the author and how he feels shut out of the crime (he does get to meet the murderer later, though he talks with him mostly through the phone). Of course, it doesn't help that at the start of the book, he plays a [...]


    9. How to describe this book?It begins with a TV prank on a white supremacist. A few years later, when the white supremacist is murdered, Safran remembers his encounters with the man and can't help but take an interest in the story. Particularly when it emerges that the killer was a black man, and that the white supremacist may have made sexual advances towards him. Intrigued, Safran heads to Mississippi to try and untangle the case for himself.There is some thought-provoking stuff in there. As the [...]


    10. Sure, Safran’s methods were dubious, but I’d expect nothing less. I was thoroughly entertained by his adventures and interactions with the locals more than the murder case itself, which quickly turned out to be quite ordinary, really. As a fellow Melbournian living in the American South, I chuckled and nodded my way through Safran’s adventures with catfish, rednecks, Walmart, dirt roads, twangy accents, trailers, the ‘unspoken race thing,’ and the heat, oh god, this heat


    11. John Safran is a television documentary maker I first encountered in 1997, when he competed in Race Around The World. His reporting style stood out, even then, since he chose controversial topics such as religion and race which he addressed in an aggressively confrontational manner. While he was frequently rude or dismissive of other opinions or cultures, he incorporated enough humour to make the episodes enjoyable, as long it was not you or one of your holy cows on the firing line. His style of [...]


    12. So first, here’s the disclaimer: I received this book free from Riverhead Books in ’ book giveaway. Oh, and my confession: the publisher requests that any quotes used in a review be taken from the final printed version of the book. Sorry, publisher. This is the book you gave me to review and this is the edition I’m pulling my quotations from. Unless Safran’s quotes are completely wrong, I can’t see that it will matter a whole lot. Now, on to my review.Many of the books I add to my “t [...]


    13. John Safran is Australia's Michael Moore with the addition of a tendency to go to the occasional very overboard and tacky stunt. I was surprised in this book that he did not deviate too far from the norm as he investigates the death of a white supremacist and the black man who was the murderer.Safran shows a real human side as he first tries to to prove the murderer innocent, then to find a solid motive for the murder. His investigation all revolves around the strange background of the victim, t [...]


    14. Most Australians have probably heard of John Safran. His television shows tend to attract controversy and letters to the editor – me, I find them insightful and willing to tackle the big issues, such as race and religion. So how does John Safran on the page compare to him on the screen?Very, very well. In fact, I’d go so far to say that I enjoyed his writing more than the television programmes (except for the lack of Father Bob). Safran picks a big topic for his first book – true crime. To [...]


    15. GOD'LL CUT YOU DOWN is not the gritty true crime tale you might expect from the title. John Safran is an Australian documentarian who specializes in fairly juvenile pranks. He takes a fairly light approach to murder. I enjoyed seeing an outsider's approach to Mississippi and US racial tensions, and appreciated that Safran was pretty open about his various biases. But I often found him pretty annoying, the sort of guy who isn't half as funny as he thinks he is. I kept reading, however, because he [...]


    16. The premise of the book caught my eye and I had to check it out. In the book the author compares his work to Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil and it is an accurate comparison. Or rather I can see that the author struck out to get the same kind of story when he stumbled upon a murder with a similarly interesting set of characters. The problem comes from people he has contact with. While they are almost always interesting these people feel like they were edited to fit a mold. The way they a [...]


    17. Murder in Mississippi takes the reader on John Safran’s intrepid travels through America’s deep south (mostly Mississippi) poking his nose into a case involving the murder of a white supremacist by a black man.The narrative is peppered with Safran-isms and pop culture references; it made me wonder if you would get as much out of the book if you didn’t have some understanding of John’s television character. I’ve watched most of his documentaries keenly, am something of a fan, and found [...]


    18. John Safran is such a little shit. I mean, that's kind of his thing, right? It's not like he's exactly trying to make himself look good. But isn't that annoying in itself? Like the so-called "brutally honest" frenemy who, not satisfied with saying something rude and getting away with it, also demands moral accolades for their commitment to unvarnished truth or whatever. But I can't deny I really wanted to know what happened.


    19. When John Safran was filming Race Relations he was going to include a segment where he announced at The Spirit of America Awards that Mississippi’s most notorious white supremacists Richard Barrett has an African heritage. This was no stretch as all bloodlines will eventually lead back to an African ancestor but the threat of legal action meant it was never aired. A year later this white supremacist was murdered and the killer African American. Safran heads back to Mississippi to find out just [...]


    20. "I feel like I've been tied to a piece of elastic my whole life that's finally pulled me to Mississippi." (p62)Controversial issues and John Safran go together like the American South and a mint julep. Since streaking through Jerusalem and breaking into Disneyland during the first series of Race Around the World, he has gone on to ask documentary subjects uncomfortable questions, primarily about religion and race. When filming his TV series Race Relations, he spent some time with Richard Barrett [...]


    21. John Safran, the author of God'll Cut You Down, is described by his publisher as "a young white Jewish Australian documentarian," and there is no question that his style is better suited to the medium of video, with its rapid cuts (transitions) and its segment titles which manage to be simultaneously hokey and belittling (e.g "The Ballad of the Creepy Old Man"). As a native of the Deep South (albeit Georgia, not Mississippi), I was interested in seeing my neck of the woods from an Aussie's persp [...]


    22. This is not your typical true crime book and John Safran lets you know this right up front. He's somewhat of an Australian comedian known for pranks who has a comedy show. He first meets "white supremacist" Richard Barrett when he travels to the state of Mississippi in the US to interview the unknowing subject for one of these pranks. As a non-practicing Jew, can he join the we hate almost everyone who isn't white, male and Christian organization, (no, not THAT political party) the KKK. The stor [...]


    23. John Safran's literary debut is a sensational, irreverent and absorbing book about the murder of white supremacist Richard Barrett, his killer Vincent McGill, and the eclectic cast of Mississippi characters he meets along the way. The 'book about writing a book about a murder' narrative makes the reader feel as though they are along side john for his 6 month Mississippi journey. One quote sums up the tone of the book: "Two pitch-black teenagers are joylessly filling balloons from a helium tank. [...]


    24. I enjoyed reading thisloved the ballad sections where Safran recounts peoples stories and histories. The picture of the South is etched in people's real lived experiences that Safran doesn't have to explain how Mississippi works. I've been to America's south and it is so different to the rest of the country. Safran picks up on this difference well and also demonstrates how one could become used to the subtle aspects of segregation in this context. However I felt uncomfortable at how close Safran [...]


    25. This felt a bit pointless, or if there was a point it was just to explore the crime and surrounding circumstances and not to provide any insight or answers. Safran quotes a book early on that suggests that true crime reflect the prevailing existential point of view of the time: this gave no such point of view even a nihilistic one. Also, while I understand that Safran has a unique "voice" some of the book needed some editing. The "fade in fade out" construct at the beginning was irritating and e [...]


    26. John Safran investigates a brutal murder, and issues of race, homophobia and family surrounding it. It was very hard to put this book down. Although the investigative side of the story is fascinating, the highlight for me was the transcription of the phonecalls between Safran and the killer - the exchanges were hilarious and horrifying in turn. Safran's empathy and sense of humour disarm prickly characters and win trust, and it's great to see that happen.


    27. “I’ve heard the expression: ‘The Jews are like everyone else, only more so.’ Mississippians are like this too. Like in my hometown, in Jewish Melbourne, everyone doesn’t know that they’re slightly mad. Race and history and suspicion courses through Mississippians. Everything gets back to race in Mississippi as surely as everything gets back to AFL in Melbourne. Everyone’s a little broken. They value parochialism, not cosmopolitanism. They don’t ask you about kangaroos and Aborigi [...]



    28. It’s been over ten years since John Safran first exploded onto my radar in his hilarious and confronting John Safran’s Music Jamboree. While the brilliance and daring of that show has stuck with me (as well as snippets from his subsequent documentaries and shows) it was with some hesitation that I approached his debut book, Murder in Mississippi.Hesitant not because it was a true crime book, but because my previous exposure to Safran’s work showed a certain bulldozer subtlety when it came [...]


    29. There is something off about this book. I have no doubt that Safran really wants to do his best, though his methods are not kosher. I think that is for me the problem. There is that and the sense that Safran seemingly overlook things - like the accusation of violence towards the girlfriend, that set my teeth on edge.


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