History of Lynchings in the South Documents Nearly 4,000 Names

Campbell Robertson, New York Times, February 10, 2015

A block from the tourist-swarmed headquarters of the former Texas School Book Depository sits the old county courthouse, now a museum. In 1910, a group of men rushed into the courthouse, threw a rope around the neck of a black man accused of sexually assaulting a 3-year-old white girl, and threw the other end of the rope out a window. A mob outside yanked the man, Allen Brooks, to the ground and strung him up at a ceremonial arch a few blocks down Main Street.

South of the city, past the Trinity River bottoms, a black man named W. R. Taylor was hanged by a mob in 1889. Farther south still is the community of Streetman, where 25-year-old George Gay was hanged from a tree and shot hundreds of times in 1922.

And just beyond that is Kirvin, where three black men, two of them almost certainly innocent, were accused of killing a white woman and, under the gaze of hundreds of soda-drinking spectators, were castrated, stabbed, beaten, tied to a plow and set afire in the spring of 1922.

The killing of Mr. Brooks is noted in the museum. The sites of the other killings, like those of nearly every lynching in the United States, are not marked. Bryan Stevenson believes this should change.

On Tuesday, the organization he founded and runs, the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Ala., released a report on the history of lynchings in the United States, the result of five years of research and 160 visits to sites around the South. The authors of the report compiled an inventory of 3,959 victims of “racial terror lynchings” in 12 Southern states from 1877 to 1950.

Next comes the process of selecting lynching sites where the organization plans to erect markers and memorials, which will involve significant fund-raising, negotiations with distrustful landowners and, almost undoubtedly, intense controversy.

The process is intended, Mr. Stevenson said, to force people to reckon with the narrative through-line of the country’s vicious racial history, rather than thinking of that history in a short-range, piecemeal way.

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Around the country, there are only a few markers noting the sites of lynchings. In several of those places, like Newnan, Ga., attempts to erect markers were met with local resistance. But in most places, no one has tried to put up a marker.

Efforts to count the number of lynchings in the country go back at least to 1882, when The Chicago Tribune began publishing each January a list of all executions and lynchings in the previous year. The Tuskegee Institute began releasing a list in 1912, and in 1919, the N.A.A.C.P. published what its researchers said was a comprehensive list of lynchings in the previous three decades. In 1995, the sociologists Stewart Tolnay and E. M. Beck researched the existing lists, eliminated errors and duplicates, and compiled what many consider the most accurate inventory to that time.

The report released Tuesday says that the new inventory has 700 names that are not on any of these previous lists, many of which Mr. Stevenson said were discovered during the compilation of the report.

Professor Beck, who teaches at the University of Georgia, has not reviewed the new list. But he pointed out that, with racial violence so extensive and carried out in so many different ways, compilers of lists may differ on what constitutes a lynching; the new list, as opposed to some previous ones, includes one-time massacres of large numbers of African-Americans, such as occurred in Arkansas in 1919 and in Louisiana in 1887.

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  • Probably about the same number of black on white murders in the past ten years alone.

    • Reynardine

      The black-on-black murders within last ten years in Detroit outnumber all the years of lynchings put together.

  • dd121

    Maybe this is something I could support. They’re permanently gone, right?

  • TruthBeTold

    Let them have their monuments. Opposing them will only give them more power and support.

    In a couple years after they’re erected they’ll be forgotten.

    • Oil Can Harry

      Instead tell the black community that before there can be any markers honoring lynched blacks (like the slob who raped a three year old white girl) there first must be a memorial to Channon Christian, Christopher Newsom and all the other black-on-white crime victims.

    • Speedy Steve

      Indeed. Place them on fire hydrants.

  • TruthBeTold

    Lynchings: By State and Race, 1882-1968 *

    State

    White

    Black

    Total

    Alabama

    48

    299

    347

    Arizona

    31

    0

    31

    Arkansas

    58

    226

    284

    California

    41

    2

    43

    Colorado

    65

    3

    68

    Delaware

    0

    1

    1

    Florida

    25

    257

    282

    Georgia

    39

    492

    531

    Idaho

    20

    0

    20

    Illinois

    15

    19

    34

    Indiana

    33

    14

    47

    Iowa

    17

    2

    19

    Kansas

    35

    19

    54

    Kentucky

    63

    142

    205

    Louisiana

    56

    335

    391

    Maine

    1

    0

    1

    Maryland

    2

    27

    29

    Michigan

    7

    1

    8

    Minnesota

    5

    4

    9

    Mississippi

    42

    539

    581

    Missouri

    53

    69

    122

    Montana

    82

    2

    84

    Nebraska

    52

    5

    57

    Nevada

    6

    0

    6

    New Jersey

    1

    1

    2

    New Mexico

    33

    3

    36

    New York

    1

    1

    2

    North Carolina

    15

    86

    101

    North Dakota

    13

    3

    16

    Ohio

    10

    16

    26

    Oklahoma

    82

    40

    122

    Oregon

    20

    1

    21

    Pennsylvania

    2

    6

    8

    South Carolina

    4

    156

    160

    South Dakota

    27

    0

    27

    Tennessee

    47

    204

    251

    Texas

    141

    352

    493

    Utah

    6

    2

    8

    Vermont

    1

    0

    1

    Virginia

    17

    83

    100

    Washington

    25

    1

    26

    West Virginia

    20

    28

    48

    Wisconsin

    6

    0

    6

    Wyoming

    30

    5

    35

    Total

    1,297

    3,446

    4,743

    *Statistics provided by the Archives at Tuskegee
    Institute.

    • Brady

      Wonder how interested they would be in memorials for white lynch victims.

      Also, from the same source:

      Causes Of Lychings, 1882-1968

      Homocides 1,937 40.84%
      Felonious Assault 205 4.32%
      Rape 912 19.22%
      Attempted Rape 288 6.07%
      Robbery and Theft 232 4.89%
      Insult to White Person 85 1.79%
      All Other Causes 1,084 22.85%
      Total 4,743 100.00%

    • Cheri Rodriguez

      No, no, no! Oprah said it was in the millions.

      • Nancy

        Well, if Oprah said it, it MUST be true. 😉

    • Gray Liddell

      When i saw these numbers a few years ago i was shocked by the numbers of whites. I think when it comes to the word ‘lynchings’ most NFL-watching, Bud -drinking Merkins understand ‘lynchings’ to be a Black-only thing.They would be surprised that a third of the lynching victims were white.

      but if you consider these numbers alongside the historical lopsidedness of murders- committed statistics(What is it? Blacks commit murder at 7 times the rate for whites(confirmed by victim stats) so even though they are 12% of the population they would account for more than their share of murders and thus lynchings. i am sure there were plenty of innocent blacks lynched but all in all the numbers are not that outrageous.

  • Slayer88

    Wasn’t the largest mass lynching done to a group of ITALIAN men that were acquitted of murder in NOLA?

  • Alucard_the_last

    I would like to see a memorial placed where any white human was murdered by a negro. Before this would happen, I would invest heavily in the the granite that would be used for the memorials since there will be millions of them.

  • MartelsGhost

    Those lynched were guilty of heinous crimes.

    Will that be mentioned on the memorials as well?

    • Brady

      Exactly. Any sense of balance should at least mention the crime the victims were accused of. Let the visitors decide for them selves if they did it.

      • MartelsGhost

        I mean the article starts with the mention of a beast dragged ou of court and hung. He was accused, and most likely guilty of, killing a 3 year old.

        Sounds like the people doled out decent justice to me.

        That and how many blacks have lynched other blacks throughout africa over the years? Will they put up any memorials? Will anybody even mention it?

        • dukem1

          They don;t just lynch ’em…they eat ’em.

        • Who Me?

          The beast in the first story was not accused of killing a 3 year old. He was accused of sexually assaulting a 3 year old girl. Also, he was probably guilty. I’m sure that occasional mistakes were made, no system is absolutely perfect. However memorials won’t bring them back, and since this whole fiasco will be financed by White people, how many White people really want to memorialize either the black criminals that our forebears had the sense to dispose of properly, or the few mistakes they did make?

          • MartelsGhost

            Sexually assaulting a child does kill the person that child should have been but thank you for correcting my error. My anger riled me up and set my fingers to typing before I took time to set my thoughts straight.

            I think there may be a nugget of something in your words, perhaps we should memorialize how some of our forefathers treated the violent animals. That way history will have proof that not all of us have been PC wussies forever……………………

          • Charles Martel

            Amen! What does this have to do with “justice”?? It sounds like a way to rationalize the criminal behavior of blacks in this century.

        • Burning would have been better than hanging for that one.

          • BloodofAlbion75

            Burning is a perfect method of execution for those who commit sex crimes against children, regardless of what race the perp happens to be.

          • MartelsGhost

            Multiple dips in an acid bath going feet first…….

          • Charles Martel

            Bring back the guillotine. With liberals trying to do away with football, we need something to watch on Sunday afternoons (sarcasm!)

          • DonReynolds

            Why bring back a humane form of capital punishment?
            I can see the advantage that no one could ever say the execution was botched or too slow to actually kill.

          • SaggyGenes

            I would be happy to see the Negro Felon League disappear.

  • Christorchaos

    All justice is imperfect. Innocents are killed in the present-day “non=lynching” system. The only question is, to what extent each system carried out correct verdicts, plus a small factor for each system’s propensity for letting offenders go unpunished, Channon Christian was was certainly “lynched” without even a scintilla of due process.

    • DonReynolds

      When an unarmed white person (usually female) has the misfortune of being in the wrong place at the wrong time and is tormented and summarily butchered by a group of black savages, merely for their entertainment…..she was not merely “killed”. I agree.

  • AndrewInterrupted

    Bryan Stevenson: another octaroon with just enough European blood to be effective.

    • Reynardine

      That reminds me of a joke I can’t tell here… it involves airplanes, parachutes, and negroes.

  • Reynardine

    “And just beyond that is Kirvin, where three black men, two of them
    almost certainly innocent, were accused of killing a white woman and,
    under the gaze of hundreds of soda-drinking spectators, were castrated,
    stabbed, beaten, tied to a plow and set afire in the spring of 1922.”

    And that, ladies and gentlemen, is where we get “having a coke and a smile.”

    • Speedy Steve

      Almost certainly innocent. That New York Slimes-speak for extremely guilty.

  • Gunter Mabuse

    The only reason that I believe that some of the stats on lynching are correct is that Mark Twain cited statistics in his essay, “The United States of Lyncherdom.” It is a pretty powerful argument against lynching. It is in the public domain. Twain does not argue against justice in this essay–he does point out that we ought not take justice into our own hands.

    This is a very reasonable argument. When the police are there to protect us, we ought not take the law into our own hands. These days, however–I do not think that the police are here to protect us, at least not from the usual suspects, who commit “the usual crimes,” as Twain points out. There was not a vacuum of authority in Twain’s time, but there is a vacuum of authority in ours.

    • DonReynolds

      Mark Twain was a pacifist. He opposed the Spanish-American War and complained bitterly over the dead Moro Muslims killed by American military forces in the occupation of the Philippines.

      • Gunter Mabuse

        Gee, Mark Twain must have been pretty evil to have opposed a war concocted by William Randolph Hearst and Joseph Pulitzer. What a slur on Twain’s character. Do you imagine, a bit, that Twain’s pacifism might have been slightly related to the Civil War? Do you think that, perhaps, he might have been affected by the half a million plus soldiers that died during that struggle? I apologize if I misread your post, but it seems to me that you are denigrating a genuine American treasure because he had had enough of war, and wanted it no more. His views on war seem noble to me, if taken in context.

        • DonReynolds

          Did I say Mark Twain was pretty evil?
          If you think I said any such thing, you did not read my post at all.
          You did not misread it, you just wish it were something else.
          I do not mind if anyone is a pacifist.
          Stuff your empty apologies.
          What you find noble is not very interesting.

          • Gunter Mabuse

            Okay, I misread your post. You did not say that Twain was evil. You said that he cried over muslim deaths in the Philippines. You insinuated that Twain was a sop, and I really think that you insinuated that his not supporting the war in the Philippines, and crying over muslim deaths, made him less of a man, and less of a patriot. Am I wrong in thinking that? If not, why did you deliberately point out that he cried over the muslims? Did you mean to point this out as a badge of honor on his part? Don’t cry about being misread after you slander Mr. Twain, sir.

          • DonReynolds

            It is only clowns like yourself that can slander Mark Twain, sonny.
            Attach value to whatever you like.
            There is no reason to spin the truth with superlatives.
            What you think of it, does not matter to anyone else.

          • Gunter Mabuse

            I’ve made a lot of snide comments online that I’ve regretted later. You made a snide comment about Twain crying over Muslim deaths in the Philippines. If it was meant in a gracious way, to indicate that Twain was a pacifist in a good, Christian way, then just say so. I doubt it, though. You were being snarky about Twain, and got caught, and now you are defensive.

            I lived in Nevada for a long, long time. Twain lived in Nevada as well–am I a clown slanderer for stating that? I got the impression, from reading “Roughing It,” and also “The History of a Campaign that Failed,” that Twain may have fled to Nevada to avoid the Civil War. Not the act of a coward, but the act of a pacifist.

            I noticed that you edited your post. You took out the comment about Twain “crying” about the muslims, and replaced it with “complaining.” Why did you do that? You were being snarky, got caught, and erased the evidence, eh?. Bravo. Do explain the edit, though, Brian Williams.

          • DonReynolds

            It is not a snide comment but a FACT that Mark Twain complained about Muslims being killed by American troops in the Philippines. You put whatever spin you want on that fact, but I seriously doubt it had anything to do with being politically correct or pro-Muslim.
            I do not consider anyone who avoids war to be a coward. The FACT that Mark Twain volunteered in the first place does not make him much of a pacifist. Perhaps it was not what he expected.
            (You do know that the Campaign that Failed was humor?)

  • Peter Lamoureux

    While we’re in our time machine, let’s go back to 2014:
    A SMALL SAMPLE OF BLACK ON WHITE CRIMES IN 2014
    Dec 2014 Tampa, FL cop ambushed by black killer. Not a hate crime?
    Dec 2014 Two NYPD cops murdered by black man. Not a hate crime?
    Dec 2014 Four white people stabbed by black man on train. Not a hate crime?
    Nov 2014 White male beaten (with hammers) to death by black males. No DOJ investigation?
    7/18- Jimmie Norman, white male murdered by black male. No national news.
    7/18- Terry Taylor, white male murdered by black male. No national news.
    7/17- Cindy Raygoza, white female murdered by black male. No national news.
    7/11- Luis Aguilar, 91 year old hispanic male murdered by black male. No national news.
    7/10- Brittany Simpson, white female murdered by black male. No national news.
    7/6- Sarah Goode, white female murdered by black male. No national news.
    7/6- Jeffrey Westerfield, white male murdered by black male. No national news.
    7/5- Perry Renn, white male murdered by black male. No national news.
    7/3- Laurey Kennedy, white female still in coma from beating by black male. No national news
    7/3 Eric Mollet, white male murdered by black male. No national news.
    7/2 Rupert Anderson, white male murdered by black male. No national news.
    7/2 Jennifer Kingeter, white female murdered by black male. No national news.
    6/30 Jim Brennan, white male, murdered by black male. No national news.
    6/29 Paul Shephard, white male, murdered by black male. No national news.
    6/27 Shirley Barone, white female, murdered by black male. No national news.
    6/27 Penelope Spencer, white female, murdered by black male. No national news.
    6/27 Inga Evans, white female, murdered by black male. No national news.
    6/26 Jake Rameau, white male, murdered by black male. No national news.
    6/25 Gina Burger, white female, murdered by black male. No national news.
    6/24 Nathan Dasher, white male, murdered by black male. No national news.
    6/22 Jonathan Price, white male, murdered by black male. No national news.
    6/20 John Whitmore, white male, murdered by black male. No national news.
    6/18 John Yingling,white male, murdered by black male. No national news.
    6/17 Allyn Reeves, white male, murdered by black male. No national news.
    6/15 Michael Beaver, white male, murdered by black male. No national news.
    6/11 Angela Cook, white female, murdered by black male. No national news.
    6/11 Nathan Hall, white male, murdered by black male. No national news.
    6/7 Harry Briggs, white male, murdered by black male. No national news.
    6/5 Laura Bachman, white female, murdered by black male. No national news.
    6/2 Robert Mohler, white male, murdered by black male. No national news.
    6/1 William Headley, white male, murdered by black male. No national news.

    • Speedy Steve

      There needs to be a hook on which to hang the story.

      • Gunter Mabuse

        Okay, that really made me laugh. Thanks.

    • DonReynolds

      What? No mention of the tens of thousands of white (only) victims of the “knockout game” or “polar bear hunting” by feral blacks……33 of whom died of their injuries and hundreds suffered disabling permanent injuries…..yet, the Federal government cannot be moved to take any action until a white kid in Texas does the same thing….then it it time for Federal charges.

  • Luca

    People of all different persuasions were lynched. It is frontier justice. Much like government justice it is sometimes flawed and an innocent person gets hanged.

    Any persons promoting a theory that all these negroes were merely victims of racial prejudice are so breathtakingly ignorant that they can only be negroes or liberals, or both.

    • DonReynolds

      If these people were lynched because they were black (when many of them were not black at all), why didn’t the lynch mob hang all the rest of them at the same time? Surely, there were other blacks in the same neighborhood.

  • Dave West

    Oh goodie!
    Another gripe about evil white America, just another Tuesday night! I actually welcome this and would be in support of giving it full public funding and here’s why…………

    About one-third of the people lynched during this time period were white. Build some type of designation where the lynching took place for both blacks and whites. Included at the site will be the claim made against the person lynched (usually criminal) and all the public evidence available either for or against the person lynched, witness reports, police reports, etc. Let the public see that when a black guy raped and killed a young girl in Tennessee in 1906, that he most likely got the same punishment as a white man who committed the same crime and that was usually after being sentenced by a judge and at the hands of law enforcement. There were however times when vigilantes lynched someone, this happened to blacks and whites in the South, and probably happened mostly to whites in the old west.

  • TomIron361

    I’ve got a book entitled, “Historical studies of American violence and vigilantism.” It tells of how vigilantism started and why lynching came about. Real good read. I’ll just give say a couple of things about it. Here’s a quote by an attorney general of the US on lynching, “The law is violated in form so that it may be vindicated in substance” (that’s good). Teddy Roosevelt attempted to join a vigilante group when he owned a ranch in Dakota but they wouldn’t have him. They said he wasn’t really one of them, but thanked him for wanting to join them.

  • RacialRay

    I want to see a monument erected to the $22 trillion which this country has spent since LBJ in the futile effort to encourage these throwbacks to evolve. And then I want a refund.

    • Speedy Steve

      Sadly, they failed to evolve. They merely propagated.

  • Answers2011

    “…one-time massacres of large numbers of African-Americans, such as occurred in Arkansas in 1919 and in Louisiana in 1887”

    So? On 9/11 there was a one-time massacre of 2,977 Americans in Manhattan. On December 7, 1941 there was a one-time massacre of 2,403 Americans at Pearl Harbor.

    • warforbankers

      Of which, at least, the latter included treason and/or foreknowledge from the top oligarchy in Washington..

      • Charles Martel

        Your tinfoil hat is slipping. . .

  • I want a memorial on Chipman St. in Knoxville, TN. Since the old house there was torn down and the lot left vacant, this shouldn’t pose much of a problem.

    • DonReynolds

      ….with flowers and pictures of Channon Christian and Chris Newsom.

  • LHathaway

    This first flaw in this is that over a third of those 4,000 were White. I guess reporters can’t get to everything. The second oversight would be remembering those who have been lynched since 1950. There are ‘lynch laws’ in many southern states. I do believe most of those who have prosecuted for lynching in modern times have african americans.

    • paul marchand

      Another aspect ( in addition to the whites lynched): MANY WERE GUILTY OF HEINOUS CRIMES.

  • shawnmer

    1877 to 1950? So it takes 73 years in the old South to equal a weekend in the South Side of Chicago?

    Thanks for giving the numbers to show that your little mini Holocaust was never what it was hyped to be. You’ll also notice little or no commentary in there on whether this vigilante justice was actually punishing any serious crime! We’re to left to assume they were all for cat calling white women.

    • LHathaway

      They were marching for civil right, lol.

  • A Freespeechzone

    What about Whites murdered by negroes?

    Maybe we need monuments to honor those victims of negro hate and racism.

    • Uninvited Guest

      They can’t be guilty of hate or racism you are giving them too much credit; they just act out with no forethought. /half sarc/

  • Uninvited Guest

    I wonder how many of the 4,000 raped three year olds, they seem to really like doing that.

  • paul marchand

    How about memorials where murders by blacks took place?
    Hmmmm….about 700,000 markers (my extrapolation) might thwart the “grand victimization narrative” ?

    • DonReynolds

      I had rather celebrate heroes than victims.
      Maybe the subway can have a Bernard Goetz Day every year.
      Or maybe the local gun club can have a long-rifle competition for the James Earl Ray award and a George Zimmerman award in the pistol competition.

      You get the idea.

  • ncpride

    This article is so full of it. Claiming that those blacks lynched back in the day were purely racially motivated is about as dishonest, ignorant and ridiculous as claiming ole Mike Brown was ‘murdered’ because he was black. I’d wager 95% of them were guilty of EXACTLY what they were accused of. Considering the article on today’s news about the much higher violent crime rate among blacks for decades, what makes those naïve, foolish commenters on the original article think they were any different back then? Bunch of idiots is what they are.

  • Dave West

    The total number of blacks lynched in a single year never exceeded 161 and was much lower during most years. In the 1920’s at the height of the KKK, the number of black people lynched during that decade was much lower than decades before. During much of the 1880’s more whites were lynched in a given year than blacks. There were several years where over 100 blacks were lynched, but throughout the late 19th and early 20th centuries it was typical to have 50 or 60 blacks lynched.

    The moral of the story is that a black person today is at least 10 times more likely to be murdered by a fellow black than a black person was likely to be lynched in Alabama in 1890. Not to mention, the vast majority of these were for violent crimes and that goes for both whites and blacks who were lynched. This article gives one the impression that all these black people were lynched for doing nothing, reminds me of the gentle Giant hysteria.

    • Americaandthewestshouldbewhite

      The libs estimate that more than 1300 blacks were lynched by the KKK between 1882 and 1967. When the feds were looking for the Mississippi victims, they came across many black victims who nobody even reported as missing or dead. Those deaths were blamed on the Klan. I beg to differ because looking at the way the blacks kill each other, I am sure that most of those killings were by their fellow blacks rather than the white man. Liberals love to stir the race pot just to look cool and PC.

      • Speedy Steve

        Liberalism must be made painful. It’s time for direct action. Publish the names and addresses of American Civil Liberties Union activist lawyers.

        • BloodofAlbion75

          We should also do the same for people who are members of the SPLC and other groups like them.

      • DonReynolds

        That is funny.
        The Left would say that black on black violence is a myth and there was never any such crime in the past.
        They are liars and always have been.
        Negroes are more likely to kill or harm each other than they ever dared to random whites. That was the case in all of history but their reluctance to attack whites has been reduced by the lack of response lately.

    • Grant Bailie

      Using the same sort of statistical nonsense, you might also point out that one is much more likely to be shot by a toddler with a stolen handgun than killed by a terrorist.

  • Fr. John+

    You wanna set up memorials? Sure, when we are able ALSO to document the Whites whose lives have been destroyed by: the underclasses’ rapes, murders, assaults, theft of public monies, druggies, moral degenerates of the ‘BET’ crowd and their effect on normal White Culture… when all of these ‘crimes against White Humanity’ are taken into account, we’ll talk- and not before.

  • Who Me?

    I wonder just how many of those black criminals were lynched because they had run amok in their own black community, assaulting, raping, maiming and/or killing fellow blacks, who turned to the white community and law for help.

    • DonReynolds

      Black savagery when confined to their own communities did not often merit the attention of law enforcement in the past. It was only when they create a disturbance in town or bother somebody white that it became a matter for the law. Fortunately, that did not happen very often after a few examples.

  • ghettovalley

    Ironically, more whites are killed every year at the hands of blacks in this country than the number of blacks who were lynched at the hands of whites during the entirety of slavery in America.

    • DonReynolds

      Hanging slaves would be a waste. Better to sell the surly ones at the market and get some money than ruin a new rope.

  • ElComadreja

    And how many of those black lynch “victims” were guilty as sin? They weren’t lynched for just walking down the street as liberals would have you believe,

  • dick

    I think commemorating past lynchings is a great idea.

  • Lygeia

    How many blacks were killed yesterday or last month by their own?

    • John Smith

      Not enough?

  • DonReynolds

    Apparently, ONLY BLACK LIVES MATTER to some people.
    They do not seen to realize that lynchings occurred all over the US, not just in the South.
    Were there more in the South? Of course. That is where the criminal class (blacks) lived during the post civil war era until the mechanization of agriculture in the 1920s, which led to the black migration to Northern cities and the West Coast.
    Were blacks the only ones who were hanged? Not in the least. Vigilantes dragged black and white and red people out of jails and hanged them. That was lynching.
    Horse thief? Lynch them. Cattle rustlers? Lynch them. Sheep herders? Chinese? Renegade Indians? The list is quite long.

    • Of course horse thieves once drew the legitimate death penalty from the above board justice system, so it makes sense that lynching them was socially acceptable. A horse was a person’s main powered farm implement and transportation. If his horse was stolen, he was really out of luck.

  • John Smith

    The local Underground Railroad museum had a special lynching exhibition – I’m disappointed I never made it.

    The real truth is that most of these negroids got exactly what they deserved and they were guilty of the crimes. This is just more liberal sympathy tactics to gin up outrage among the Basketball-American and white liberal do-gooder populations.

  • pwnful truth

    I’ll bet that dude actually did sexually assault the 3 year old girl. I also bet that states execute roughly the same rate of innocent people as lynch mobs did. The uncomfortable truth is that 1) whites in the south didn’t lynch people just for fun, or for being black; a white man who raped a 3 year old could expect the same treatment 2) a lot of blacks had a penchant for rape and murder 100 years ago, just as they do today.
    A greater % of blacks were probably lynched than whites, just as today where a far greater % of blacks are jailed for rape/ murder