Rather than viewing lynching as a frenzied abnormality, historians in recent years have sought to understand it as a tradition, a systematized reign of terror that was used to keep Blacks fearful and to forestall Black progress and miscegenation. The effect of the peculiar institution of slavery on Black Americans is well documented, but the institution less so, yet it was for many decades an awesome destructive power, murderous to some, menacing to a great many, a constant source of intimidation to all Black Southerners young and old and a daily reminder of their defenselessness.
Is it possible for white America to really understand Blacks’ distrust of the legal system, their fears of racial profiling and the police, without understanding how cheap a Black life was for so long a time in our nation’s history?
Philip Dray, At the Hands of Persons Unknown: The Lynching of Black America
CodeLens Note: Lynchings occurred throughout the US, not just in the southern area of the so-called United States and lynchings occur now under the guise of so-called laws, such as “stand your ground”, designed to target black persons, particularly black males.
I asked why i post pictures like this and it’s simple….I refuse to allow myself to forget for one second the history of this countries treatment of my People. This is something i had to research for myself since my “History” classes were very brief on the part of AMERICAN History. Never forget that freedom for Blacks did’t happen in 1865
i just learned how they would take souvenirs and practice necrophilia.
This is a photograph from a book called ‘Without Sanctuary: Lynching Photography ins America” (pub. 2004). The photo is called ‘The lynching of Frank Embree, July 22, 1899, Fayette, MO”
By all reckoning, that makes this barely 113 years old.
There are two other matching photos to the set. The one below, and the one of him hanging, which is too upsetting to post. You can see it (along with others from much later time periods here: http://chnm.gmu.edu/courses/omalley/race/four.html)
White people, just look at your ancestors.
Why should we trust YOU?