Commentary by Dr. Whitesel: Many Caucasians have not understood how lynching has been used as domestic terrorism to intimidate people of color. For example, a Marion, IN white police officer jokingly kidded a black colleague by tying a noose in a rope. The white officer was taken back by the immediate and deserved backlash. Take a look at this map to better understand.
By Adele Peters, FastCompany Magazine, 1/26/17.
…In total, in the century after the Civil War, as many as 5,000 people of color were lynched by mobs in the United States. In the 1890s, on average, nine people were lynched each month. A new website documents each known death on a map, often along with gruesome details about the killing and the size of the crowd.
RJ Ramey, who created the site, was inspired by a book about the history of lynching called At The Hands Of Persons Unknown.
“It blew me away,” Ramey says. “I thought of myself as a history geek, and I thought of myself as well-educated, but I had never really realized the breadth and depth of the atrocity.”
“…This is our history,” he says. “Every high school kid should know about it.”