The LYNCHING myth

United States
November 7, 2008 5:05am CST
Yes, it is true. Many believe only blacks were lynched. This is not true. Check out this link. http://www.law.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/shipp/lynchingsstate.html I say that while blacks were disproportionedly lynched compared to whites, the notion that only blacks were lynched is nonsense. In some states no blacks were lynched at all. Be sure to check the source for these stats before calling the source racist. What do you say?
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@Destiny007 (5820)
• United States
7 Nov 08
How many Westerns were there where someone didn't say something along the lines of "Hangings too good for him" and then someone would throw a rope over a tree limb? I have seen far more lynchings of white guys portrayed on tv than blacks. Lynching used to be a favorite equal opportunity pastime throughout our history. Now it's drive-bys and gang violence.... which is still an equal-opportunity pastime... although it still seems to be disproportionately directed at and administered by blacks. I find no problem with the numbers or with the source.
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• United States
7 Nov 08
Little known modern day fact. If violence of drive bys and gangs is removed from USA crime statistics, those statistics are pretty darn low.
@nadooa247 (1096)
• United States
7 Nov 08
I wont call the source or anyone racist but will say this such record can hardly be completely relied on rather can be only referred to... because it is not possible that every single case was recorded... but i get what you mean... some say that the holocaust only targeted jews or mainly jews, as you said.. a large number were but many other races were murdered in horrendous ways as well... for both historic atrocities the best one can say is it is a sad part of history that must be acknowledge. People suspected of being witches during puritan times were also lynched or burned alive as that is the more popular understanding of the killing for that suspicion.
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• United States
7 Nov 08
Indeed, all reports on this subject I found mentioned the impossiblility of all lynchings having been recorded. Afterall, often times criminal activity is covered up. What prompted me to research this was someone's remark that only black's knew what it was like to face lynching. I was sure this was wrong because I was aware of the primary reason for lynchings. Very few blacks were lynched merely because they were blacks. The whites and blacks who were lynched were done so because of a public perception they had committed horrendous crimes and official law enforcement either did not or was unable to do anything about it. So, they took the law into their own hands. This, of course, is a despicable thing to do, but nevertheless, in some remote areas it was the only law they had.