The Art Of Lynching

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Lynching. The word makes people cringe while it has no effect on others. When most people hear the word, they begin to think about racial prejudice in both the past and present. It seems as if every week there is a new story about some man, woman, or child who is beaten because their skin doesn’t match the Crayola crayon for “flesh” and a prejudice that has lasted many lifetimes consumes common sense and people’s ethical thinking. Lynching, defined by the dictionary, is “to put to death, especially by hanging, by mob action and without legal authority” (dictionary.com). Another way to perceive the topic is to view it from an emotional perspective, something dictionary.com lacks. “The word ‘lynched’ rips from reluctant memories shame, guilt, …show more content…
Intolerance against these people left many in unease; worrying about family, friends, and themselves seemed to be on everyone’s mind. To prove just how superstitious people where, here is just one of many examples of stories showcasing just how preyed upon African Americans were, “...without bothering with the slight detail of investigating the character of the woman who made the outcry (as a matter of fact, she was of exceedingly doubtful reputation), a mob of 100-percent Americans set forth on a wild rampage that cost the lives of… between 150 and 200 colored men, women and children,” (“Race Riots, Lynchings, and Other Forms of Racism in the 1920s”). This example was just one of many instances where trials and the fair rights of any human being were disregarded and thrown to the side to seek “revenge.” While it cannot be proven that the man did nothing wrong, this does show the bias others have against him and others in the same racial group. Statistics found on the NAACP website, an organization whose goal is to rid racial discrimination, shows just how many suffered during a short period of time, “From 1882-1968, 4,743 lynchings occurred in the United States. Of these people that were lynched 3,446 …show more content…
These inhumane beatings people have endured has affected society so much. To begin with, African-Americans and many other people are still continuously being discriminated against. Lynching survivor James Herbert Cameron spoke on this, "’I want people to see just how badly we were treated and how badly we're still being treated,’ says Cameron, who used his social security benefits to open ABHM. ‘This is one nation under God, but there is so much hatred going around that it's pitiful,’” (Margena 36). Although we had had countless civil rights movements, speeches, and advocators, very little has been done and the difference between groups is still evident. Studying and reviewing past murders of African Americans does nothing to but racist remarks to an end. Another way to view the past of African-American beatings is to look at all the positive outcomes. White women came together with African American women to form the CIC which stands for Commision on Interracial Cooperation. There mission was to show that white Americans who justified the beatings and killings of African Americans was unethical and “based on lies,” (Matthews 62).The divide between racial groups is still clear to this day, but it is also easy to see how much good has come out of such a grim past. These women are trying to shed light on a situation and a disgusting prejudice that resulted in the killing of thousands of

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