CultureHISTORY: “The Horror Of Lynchings Lives On” - The New York Times Editorial Board
“… researchers counted 4,075 lynchings — about 800 more than have shown up in previous surveys. That so many killings were missing from the historical record illustrates the extent to which lynchings — sometimes carried out before hundreds of spectators — have been erased from public discourse.” - NYT Editorial Board (full piece), December 3, 2016
(Photo credit: The burial of two lynching victims, George Dorsey and his sister, Dorothy Malcolm, in Bishop, Ga., in 1946. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, via Associated Press)
A very important column confronting America’s most cruel, violent and awful form of anti-black racism: the public lynching. A new report via the Equal Justice Initiative offers more insight. Most notably that black WWII veterans were specifically targeted because they represented the greatest threat to the concept of white superiority.
It is utterly shocking how little Americans know about the prevalence of this practice, especially in the south, during the 20th century. But when you learn more about the history and the fact that white people used to bring their families to these public executions - and sometimes even took burned body parts as souvenirs - it makes the shameful erasure somewhat understandable. It’s still immoral, but the reality of this part of American history is almost too awful to fathom. That said, until we confront this horrid and shameful legacy, we will continue to be the country that puts blatant racists like Trump in the White House.