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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 02.16.2015 | 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 02.13.2015 | 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 02.12.2015 | 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 02.10.2015 | 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 02.09.2015 | 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 02.06.2015 | 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.

If Time Were an Ocean

Broderick Greer | Posted 11.26.2014 | Religion
Broderick Greer

Michael Brown and I are the same, because if I had been walking down Canfield Drive on August 9, I probably would have been shot dead as well. Because that is the story of our nation

California Death Penalty Ruling Is a Bellwether for the Nation

David A. Love | Posted 09.28.2014 | Crime
David A. Love

Last year, executions in the U.S. dipped to a 20-year low. Jones v Chappell only further erodes confidence in the criminal justice system, as America travels down the path to death penalty abolition.

Two Girls in a Tree: Why the Indian Rape Photos Are Inexcusable

Sandip Roy | Posted 08.04.2014 | Impact
Sandip Roy

Sometimes a picture is not worth a thousand words.

The Meaning of Good Friday

Rev. G. Jude Geiger | Posted 06.17.2014 | Religion
Rev. G. Jude Geiger

What is this death? The Cross returns to us again and again in our lives. When we bear witness to the child or the teen shot dead because of the wrong time, or the wrong place, or the wrong color, or the wrong class.

Why the Symbolic Lynching at Ole Miss Matters

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 05.03.2014 | Education
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

Today's guest post was written by tonya thames taylor. The most recent transgression at the University of Mississippi, affectionately called "Ole Mi...

Georgia University Censors Art Addressing White Supremacism

Sally Hansell | Posted 05.03.2014 | Arts
Sally Hansell

Kennesaw State University President Daniel Papp ignited a firestorm in Atlanta's art world on Thursday when he demanded that an artist's work be remov...

State Champ Wrestlers Punished For Incredibly Racist Photo

The Huffington Post | Christopher Mathias | Posted 02.19.2014 | Black Voices

A group of New Jersey state champion high school wrestlers has been disciplined for a disturbing and racist photo that appeared on a social media site...

America Cannot Shake Off Its Legacy of Racial Violence

David A. Love | Posted 03.18.2014 | Black Voices
David A. Love

Martin Luther King Day is as good a time as any to remind ourselves of certain inconvenient problems in America that are unfortunately not subjects for polite discussion. One of them is racial violence.

Disgusting New York Post Front Page Goes Full 'Hey, Where the White Women At?' on Obama

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 02.11.2014 | Media
Ian Reifowitz

In a bodega last week morning, picking up bananas, I saw the man in front of me on line holding a New York Post. Too bad he wouldn't be reading any...

AIG's CEO Says Criticizing AIG's Bonuses Like Lynching African Americans During Jim Crow

Dennis M. Kelleher | Posted 11.25.2013 | Business
Dennis M. Kelleher

How could anyone five years after the crash have such disgraceful beliefs? It's the predictable outcome of trillions of dollars of no strings bailouts for Wall Street with no accountability for the financial crash and Wall Street's role in causing it.