New details emerge on lynchings in USA’s south

New details emerge on lynchings in Jim Crow South

New report documents 3,959 lynchings from 1877 to 1950 – more than earlier estimates

A new report from the Alabama-based Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) said its researchers have documented nearly 4,000 lynchings of African-Americans in 12 states during the Jim Crow era — about 700 more than previous comprehensive studies have found.

Titled “Lynching in America: Confronting the Legacy of Racial Terror,” the EJI report said 3,959 lynchings of African-Americans took place from 1877 to 1950 in states across the South: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia. 

Jim Crow laws enforced racial segregation in the South from 1877, when Reconstruction ended, to the beginning of the civil rights movement of the 1950s. The disenfranchisement of African-Americans in the Jim Crow era was cemented by the widespread use of violent tactics, including lynchings. [Read more]

Read report summary:

EJI Lynching in America-Summary – Confronting the Legacy of Racial Terror

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Comments

  • Rosaliene Bacchus  On 02/16/2015 at 12:31 pm

    Cyril, thanks for sharing the link to Report Summary.

    A painful history. As we know well from the racial disturbances in Guyana, our treatment of The Other has consequences for our communities, our country, and the world. There can be no peace without forgiveness, reconciliation, and acceptance of The Other.

    Humankind has placed high value on the superficial and lost sight of the majesty of the human soul.

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