The Lynching Of Thomas Moss Essay

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Wells criticized racism and lynching at a moment of intense anxiety and discrimination against blacks belonging in U.S. , an anxiety that was often expressed in terms of racial and sexual struggle among African Americans. She brought attention to lynching and its primary victims, African American men. She was a “lone warrior” as said by Holt, Wells was a great activist for Black rights, especially after the lynching of Thomas Moss, stating “I felt that one had better die fighting against injustice than to die like a dog or a rat in a trap. I had already detennined to sell my life as dearly as possible if attacked. I felt if I could take one lyncher with me, this would even up the score a little bit" (The women founders 8).
She pointed out an ongoing sexual discrimination across the color line. Wells exposed how taken-for-granted concepts like "race" and "rape" were socially constructed and politically deployed. She claimed there was an outrage of womanhood for African American women that were first opponents of slavery but also slaves to their gender. Wells described the rape of black women as of a piece with the lynching of black men: lynching and rape formed a web of racist sexual politics designed to subjugate all African Americans. African Americans were seen as hypersexual, men portrayed as monsters taking advantage of white women and black women were seen as overtly sexual and not victims of rape. Black Women clearly got the worst of the double edged sword.…

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