IDA B. WELLS the unsung heroine of the civil rights movement, and the National Peace and Justice Memorial in Montgomery
The pioneering African American reporter counted, investigated and reported lynchings in America as no one had done before.
‘Lynching is color-line murder’: the blistering speech denouncing America’s shame. The pioneering African American investigative reporter Ida B Wells gave this impassioned speech Lynching Our National Crime Originally published in the 1909 National Negro Conference The journalist and agitator Ida B Wells dispenses with the notion that the lynching of black men was a means of protecting white women, in a furious, lucid diatribe against the practice – and the federal government’s reluctance to put a halt to it.
The lynching record for a quarter of a century merits the thoughtful study of the American people. It presents three salient facts:
First, lynching is color-line murder. Second, crimes against women is the excuse, not the cause. Third, it is a national crime and requires a national remedy.
Proof that lynching follows the color line is to be found in the statistics which have been kept for the past 25 years. During the few years preceding this period and while frontier law existed, the executions showed a majority of white victims. Later, however, as law courts and authorized judiciary extended into the far west, lynch law rapidly abated, and its white victims became few and far between. Continue reading The Guardian
Here’s how an Alabama newspaper marked the opening of the nation’s first lynching memorial – April 2018
(CNN)John Williams. Gaines Hall. Buck Steward. Pete Zeigler. Jim Acoff. Henry Ivy. Willy Webb.
Gender and Lynching
U.S. history books and documentaries that tell the story of lynching in the U.S. have focused on black male victims, to the exclusion of women. But women, too, were lynched—and many raped beforehand. In my book “Gender and Lynching,” I sought to tell the stories of these women and why they have been left out.
Between 1880 and 1930, close to 200 women were murdered by lynch mobs in the American South, according to historian Crystal Feimster. Will this new memorial give these murdered women their due in how the U.S. remembers and feels about our troubling history? Continue reading