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Lincoln, Lynching, and the Long Way Home

Byron Williams | Posted 04.15.2015 | Black Voices
Byron Williams

The assassination of Abraham Lincoln 150 years ago this month was the precursor to the domestic terrorism that would be unleashed on black Americans for the next century.

85 Years After Infamous Lynching, Another Noose Stirs Tension In Indiana Town

The Washington Post | Wesley Lowery | Posted 04.01.2015 | Black Voices

When his boss tossed the noose into his hands, Mikel Neal, a black firefighter in Marion, Ind., had two thoughts. First, was this a threat? And, se...

African-American Man Hanging From Tree Sparks Concern and Caution

Brian Levin, J.D. | Posted 05.19.2015 | Black Voices
Brian Levin, J.D.

The tragic discovery of a missing African-American man's body hanging from a tree in rural Claiborne County, Mississippi is now being investigated by both state and federal authorities.

'You Can Hang 'Em From a Tree...'

Rebecca Todd Peters | Posted 05.18.2015 | Religion
Rebecca Todd Peters

We are responsible for the sins of the present, both the individual sin of prejudice and the social sin of racism. When I saw racism on my campus as a college student, I looked away and stopped attending those parties. This sort of passive resistance is not enough. White people must speak out against these behaviors.

Beachware Brand Decides To Put A Noose On A Shirt For Some Reason

The Huffington Post | Jessica Dickerson | Posted 03.18.2015 | Black Voices

A clothing brand supposedly inspired by "modern beach culture" looks like it took a time machine back to the Jim Crow South for a recent T-shirt desig...

The White Shadow

Rev. Earl E. Johnson | Posted 05.13.2015 | Religion
Rev. Earl E. Johnson

I absorbed the dynamics of difference, because, I, too, was different. If rights were denied to others, my rights would be denied, someday, too. That's why we should care about Ferguson. Fearing our neighbor means losing our religion.

Here's What's Wrong With the OU Frat Boys' Apologies

Briallen Hopper | Posted 05.13.2015 | College
Briallen Hopper

A situation like this calls for a real apology, but these young men have failed to deliver it. Instead of acknowledging their own racism, they denied it or sidestepped it. Instead of reckoning honestly with the harm they have done to others, they framed their family and friends as the real victims.

Frat Boys on the Bus

Robert Koehler | Posted 05.12.2015 | Politics
Robert Koehler

The punitive reactions against a few individuals or an isolated fraternity chapter are no more effective than any other punitive measures taken against scapegoats. They shut the door on something unpleasant, in the process heaping blame on isolated individuals that ought to be borne, or at least processed, collectively.

The Real Lynchings In SAE's Oklahoma Backyard

The Daily Beast | Michael Daly | Posted 03.12.2015 | Black Voices

The fraternity of blacks lynched in Oklahoma has 50 known members, including a man named Ben Dickerson who was spirited away from the jail in Norman j...

White Terrorism

Robert Koehler | Posted 05.05.2015 | Politics
Robert Koehler

The president doesn't "love" America? Would that it were true. Would that the president felt a responsibility to the global future and, at the same time, could summon our real past, grieve for its victims and vow with every fiber of his being to atone for our history of slavery and conquest: the "white terrorism" of manifest destiny. Would that the president didn't "love" our myths.

America's Forgotten Mass Lynching

The Daily Beast | David Krugler | Posted 02.16.2015 | Black Voices

The visits began in the fall of 1918, just as World War I ended. At his office in Little Rock, Arkansas, attorney Ulysses S. Bratton listened as Afric...

The Lynching of Sureshbhai Patel

Rev. Jeff Hood | Posted 04.14.2015 | Politics
Rev. Jeff Hood

The video is horrific. Madison, Alabama police officer Eric Parker slammed Sureshbhai Patel into the ground hard enough to paralyze him. There wa...

Getting Off Our High Horse

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 04.15.2015 | Politics
Richard J. Rosendall

Too many treat greatness not as a responsibility but as an entitlement, an inheritance that was earned for them. They fail to grasp that the struggle for our values is the prize. Take it for granted and it slips away. We will defeat enemies like the Islamic State by learning from our past, not airbrushing it.

Forgetting Lynching at Our Peril

Rebecca Todd Peters | Posted 04.14.2015 | Religion
Rebecca Todd Peters

Accountability for people of privilege must include breaking out of the safety of our cocoons of privilege and building relationships with people across lines of difference. It must begin with examining our privilege and then figuring out how to use our privilege to address the ongoing forms of injustice that we see.

The History Of Lynching In U.S. Is Worse Than You Think

Reuters | Posted 04.12.2015 | Black Voices

By Rich McKay ATLANTA, Feb 10 (Reuters) - Lynchings in which mobs raided jailhouses to hang, torture and burn alive black men, sometim...

Jim Crow Lynchings More Widespread Than First Thought, Report Concludes

The Guardian | Lauren Gambino | Posted 02.10.2015 | Black Voices

In 1919, a black soldier returned home to Blakely, Georgia, having survived the horrors of the first world war only to face the terrors of a white mob...

73 Years Of Lynchings Documented

The New York Times | CAMPBELL ROBERTSON | Posted 02.10.2015 | Black Voices

DALLAS — A block from the tourist-swarmed headquarters of the former Texas School Book Depository sits the old county courthouse, now a museum. In 1...

Why We Should All Watch the Video of the Pilot's Fiery Death

James Heffernan | Posted 04.08.2015 | Politics
James Heffernan

ISIS has no monopoly on cruelty or immolation. On the contrary, it has exploited for its own ends the shock value of something used for centuries to punish and terrify heretics and African-Americans, and lately used by desperate dissidents around the world upon themselves.

The Fiery Cage and the Lynching Tree, Brutality's Never Far Away

Bill Moyers | Posted 04.08.2015 | Politics
Bill Moyers

Jesse Washington was just one black man to die horribly at the hands of white death squads. Between 1882 and 1968 -- 1968! -- there were 4,743 recorded lynchings in the U.S. About a quarter of them were white people, many of whom had been killed for sympathizing with black folks. My father, who was born in 1904 near Paris, Texas, kept in a drawer that newspaper photograph from back when he was a boy of thousands of people gathered as if at a picnic to feast on the torture and hanging of a black man in the center of town. On a journey tracing our roots many years later, my father choked and grew silent as we stood near the spot where it had happened. Yes, it was hard to get back to sleep the night we heard the news of the Jordanian pilot's horrendous end. ISIS be damned! I thought. But with the next breath I could only think that our own barbarians did not have to wait at any gate. They were insiders. Home grown. Godly. Our neighbors, friends, and kin. People like us.

Without Sanctuary?: On Lynching in the 21st Century

Nicole Brittingham Furlonge | Posted 02.17.2015 | Black Voices
Nicole Brittingham Furlonge

As we wrestle with two Grand Jury decisions not to indict police officers for murder, I am reminded of anti-lynching advocate Ida B. Wells. Wells, an African American journalist who often sent detectives to investigate individual lynchings and published their reports.

Family Of North Carolina Teen Says He Was 'Lynched'

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 12.17.2014 | Black Voices

The family of North Carolina high school student Lennon Lacy, whose death this summer was ruled a suicide by a state medical examiner, is now saying t...

Learning White-American History

Courtney McKinney | Posted 02.02.2015 | Black Voices
Courtney McKinney

Being African-American in America means knowing the country was not made for you. I mean this literally, not figuratively.

Slavery, Hong Kong and Inalienable Rights: We've Got It Wrong

Janessa E. Robinson | Posted 01.04.2015 | Black Voices
Janessa E. Robinson

"American slaves were liberated in 1861 but did not get voting rights until 107 years later. So why can't Hong Kong wait for a while?" Recently Laura Cha, a Hong Kong politician, made this rather unnerving statement in reference to pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong who have been protesting having their election ballots limited to China-vetted candidates only.

Halloween 'Lynching' Display At Soldier's Home Removed

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 10.31.2014 | Black Voices

A Halloween display showing what has been considered a "lynching" scene was removed from a home at Fort Campbell in Kentucky. A home on the Army i...

White Fragility and White Violence in America

Matthew S. Rindge, Ph.D. | Posted 12.13.2014 | Religion
Matthew S. Rindge, Ph.D.

Just as sexual violence is a male problem, so too is racism a white problem. White Americans are complicit in -- and the primary beneficiaries of -- a system that dehumanizes and erases black lives.