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Christian Soldiers | Slate

The lynching and torture of blacks in the Jim Crow South weren’t just acts of racism. They were religious rituals. The cliché is that Americans have a short memory, but since Saturday, a number of us have been arguing over medieval religious wars and whether they have any lessons for today’s violence in the Middle East. For those still unaware, this debate comes after President Obama’s comments at the annual National Prayer Breakfast, where—after condemning Islamic radical group ISIS as a “death cult”—he offered a moderating thought. “Lest we get on our high horse and think this is unique to […]

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A Forgotten Lynching In Atlanta | WABE 90.1

The first country-wide memorial to African-American victims of lynching opened last year in downtown Montgomery, Alabama. While it’s called the National Memorial for Peace and Justice, the site is not government funded. It was built by the Equal Justice Initiative, a legal nonprofit that defends against wrongful convictions and racial discrimination. At the center of its six-acres is an open-air pavilion with 800 hanging steel columns. Each represents a county where a lynching took place and is engraved with the names of the victims. In total, the memorial lists more than 4,000 names touching 20 different states. Looking through the […]

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Secrets of 1946 Mass Lynching Could Be Revealed After Court Ruling | The New York Times

Matt Stevens, The New York Times Leah Chase (left) and Jessica B. Harris at Dooky Chase’s in 2018. PHOTO: CEDRIC ANGELES. Featured Image July 25, 1946, two black couples were riding in a car in Walton County, Ga., when they were mobbed by a group of white men. They were dragged from the car at gunpoint and tied up. Then they were shot — about 60 times, at close range — and killed. The episode, which became known as the Moore’s Ford lynchings, is considered by many to be the last mass lynching in American history. It prompted national outrage […]

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The sadism of white men Why America must atone for its lynchings | The Guardian Until now, the enforcement of white supremacy through racial terrorism in the form of lynching has largely been unrecognized as part of America’s history

Until now, the enforcement of white supremacy through racial terrorism in the form of lynching has largely been unrecognised as part of America’s history.

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