Dr. David J. Leonard: A Lynching Happens Every 40 Hours

Throughout the early part of the twentieth century, African-American activists fought to thwart the systemic scourge of lynching. Faced with a silent and complicit populace, particularly the media and political establishment, African Americans forced the nation to bare witness to the depravity of American racism. Between 1882 and 1968, close to 5,000 lynchings (73% of the victims were black) took place on American soil, and that is of course an estimate that does not account for the countless unknown souls who lost their lives at the hands of White supremacy. According to Richard Perloff, racial lynchings had become commonplace in part of because of the media’s failures to bring the injustice into light. He quotes a white resident of Emelle Alabama, who questioned a reporter’s inquiry into the killing of an African American: “A few White residents who had been on hand when the men were killed refused to talk about the events to reporters from The Tuscaloosa News. “What the hell are you newspaper men doing here?” asked a White man who had been part of the vigilante group. ‘We’re just killing a few negroes that we’ve waited too damn long about leaving for the buzzards. That’s not news'” (Raper, 1933, p. 67). The silence from the mainstream media about blacks victims burned to death, hung, and dismembered, embodied the normalization of white supremacist violence.

via Dr. David J. Leonard: A Lynching Happens Every 40 Hours.

One comment

rob's revolting

The colonies are self-destructing - it's a scorched earth policy, a war of attrition, so the survivors are left with NOTHING!

Liwen ñi Mapu & Asoc. Colectivo Red de Noticias e Información sobre Pueblos Indígenas y Derechos Humanos

Portal y Red de Noticias e Información sobre Pueblos Indígenas, Derechos Humanos, Participación y Representación Política, Empowerment, Desarrollo y Progreso Humano y +

ΝΕΑ ΧΩΡΙΣ ΦΙΛΤΡΟ ΦΕΛΛΟΥ

Νέα και Παράξενα-Σελίδες εναλλακτικής πληροφόρησης και ειδήσεων-alternative informations

Free Collective

Media activists - Street Art, Info, migration rights, anarchism, anti-fascism.. [Spanish, English and French]

Mixed American Life

Mixed Culture | Mixed Heritage | Mixed Identity | Mixed Parenting

Righting Red

Ramblings, ruminations, and activism from an idealistic Lakota storyteller.

The International Anti-Fascist Defence Fund

Real solidarity for those fighting hate.

flightattendantfailures

Documenting White Supremacists Internet Extortion

PEACH STATE ANTI-RACIST-ACTION

Directly Confronting Racism Online and in the Streets!

SIPAZ Blog

Blog of the International Service for Peace

Spirit In Action

Change IS coming. WE can make it GOOD.

DEPRESSION: my muse

Trying to get to a better place.

bayareaintifada

Springboard for News, Updates, Analysis & Action Alerts for 3rd World Liberation & Decolonization from the Bay Area & Beyond

murrjw

murrjw

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 14,466 other followers