African American Racial Equality

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Lynching has occurred throughout the history of the United States, the bloodthirsty gatherings grew in popularity and flourished throughout the South after slaves had become emancipated in 1863, after the Reconstruction era. White Southerners blamed the overwhelming amount of lynchings on the African American population, claiming that the growing idea of racial equality provoked African Americans to display their dominance through false accusations that involved white women.
Senator Benjamin R. Tillman insisted that the amount of lynching was due to the fear of the racial hierarchy being challenged by the negro population. The movement inspired by false accusations created an environment full of hatred, segregation, and fear towards the African American community in the United States. In Senator Benjamin R.
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Many people were against racial equality and wanted to continue oppressing the black community. These officials who worked in office are supposed to be working towards a unified country, yet views such as Tillman’s constricted and hindered the progress of an racially equal country. These discriminative events were occurring all the over the southern United States, not just in South Carolina. The credibility of the accusations towards African American was beginning to diminish. In Ida B. Wells excerpt Southern Horrors, she states that “nobody in this section of the country believes the old thread-bare lie that Negro men rape white women.” Both sides of the community, white and black, were growing increasingly worrisome. White citizens were becoming exhausted and fearful of the African American community, because they had begun to unify and enforce their racial equality through any means necessary. The black community felt more stigmatized because the more they tried practicing their rights and equality, the more white community would hinder their progress by further

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