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What are the present-day legacies of lynching in the past? Articles highlighted here focus on topics like links between historical lynching and contemporary forms of violence; efforts to memorialize victims of lynching; movements for reparations, and more.
See also “Modern Day Lynchings” to learn more about current-day extrajudicial police killings
The Equal Justice Initiative – see especially their report, Lynching in America: Confronting the Legacy of Racial Terror
Civil Rights Activists Seek Justice for Racial Violence in the Name of Emmett Till, The Intercept, May 9th, 2016
Famous photographer documents 191 lynching in Waco, Houston Chronicle, May 6th, 2016
Expert: Texas’ violent history led to acceptance of lynching, KPLC-7, April 15th, 2016
‘Lynching tree’: lessons on the paradox of faith, Post & Courier, December 15th, 2015
‘Contempt of Court’ Movie About 1906 Lynching in the Works, Variety, December 14th, 2015
White Debt, New York Times, December 2nd, 2015 (long form essay by Eula Biss)
Democracy Abroad, Lynching at Home: Racial Violence in Florida (book review), The Florida Times-Union, Jacksonville, November 28th, 2015 (archived)
Night of Terror: How and Why a White Mob Set Fire to Pasadena’s Chinatown 130 Years Ago, The Pasadena Weekly, November 5th, 2015
Police Killings Surpass the Worst Years of Lynching, Capital Punishment, and a Movement Responds, Huffington Post, November 4th, 2015
Idaho lynching murals in old county courthouse spark debate, The Herald-Standard, November 4th, 2015
Forum on lynching murals draws big crowd at Capitol, The Spokesman-Review, November 4th, 2015
Why the Drug War was a Forty Year Lynching, Op-Ed News, October 28th, 2015
The tragedy of a lynching: relatives of the victim seek closure, La Grange Daily News, September 12th, 2015 (archived)
Emmett Till and other historic lynching victims you should know about, New York Daily News, August 28th, 2015
Steve Oney gives centenary view of Leo Frank lynching at Georgia Historical Society, Arts Atlanta, August 11th, 2015 (archived)
Why the Leo Frank Lynching Resonates a Century Later, Atlanta magazine, August 5th, 2015 (archived)
Sound of violence: Anti-lynching play uses audio footage of Eric Garner, The Brooklyn Paper, July 30th, 2015 (archived)
Lawyers, Judges and a Rabbi to Remember Leo Frank at 1915 Lynching Site, The Daily Report, July 27th, 2015 (archived)
Moore’s Ford Bridge mass lynching was the start of the Civil Rights Movement, Rolling out, July 27th, 2015 (archived)
Community Calls for Justice in 1946 Moore’s Ford Lynching, Online Athens, July 25th, 2015 (archived)
History of Lynchings on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, Washington Post, July 20th, 2015
‘Always in Season’: Cucalorus Artist-in-Residence Documents History of Lynching, Port City Daily, July 20th, 2015 (archived)
U. of Idaho Moves to Cover up ‘Ahistorical’ Mural Depicting Lynching of Native American, The Raw Story, June 26th, 2015 (archived)
Lynching, Love, and Strong Performances Define ‘Levee James’ Play, The Sacramento Observer, June 12th, 2015 (archived)
Much Remains to Be Done, Lynching Memorial Speakers Say by Jimmy Lovrien for the Duluth News Tribune, June 12th, 2015 (archived)
Righting Past Wrongs: South Carolina’s ‘evolution of conscience’ by Patrick Jonson of the Christian Science Monitor. June 6th, 2015 (archived)
Lynching of Jesse Slayton and Will Miles Remembered, James Hill, WRBL, June 1st, 2015 (archived)
Effort Underway to Remove Lynching from Penal Code by Katie Orr. Capital Public Radio, May 12th, 2015.
America is Back to Lynching: Baltimore, Freddie Gray, and the Noxious Legacy of White Supremacy by Ericka Schiche. Salon, May 2nd, 2015.
Legacy of Lynching Endures in ‘Death Belt‘ by Alex Mikulich. The National Catholic Reporter, May 2nd, 2015.
Deaths of Unarmed Black Men Revive ‘Anti-Lynching Plays’ by Hansi Lo Wang. Georgia Public Broadcasting, April 17th, 2015.
Lynching Art Divides Baltimore Neighborhood by WLJA (Baltimore’s local ABC affiliate). April 14th, 2015.
Whitney Curators on Decision to Display 5 Provocative 1930s Antilynching Prints, by Kyle Chayka. Discusses new exhibit at the Whitney, America is Hard to See.
85 Years after Infamous Lynching, Another Noose Stirs Tensions in Indiana Town, by Wesley Lowery, Washington Post, March 31st, 2015
America’s Willful Ignorance of History of Lynching Feeds Racial Hatred, Christen Smith and Melissa Stuckey, The American Prospect, March 18th, 2015
Paul Quinn Administrator Hopes Website Documenting 1910 Lynching Helps Dallas Confront Racist Past, Scott Farwell for the Dallas Morning News, March 11th, 2015 – see the Dallas Untold website here
Lynching, Murder, and the Judge, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, February 20th, 2015
When ISIS Ran the American South, The American Conservative, February 10th, 2015
Lynching is Torture and Torture is Lynching – Richard Kreitner in The Nation, December 15th, 2014
Lynching Stopped, but the Mindset Didn’t, interview with Bryan Stevenson, Democracy Now, November 20th, 2014
A Brief History of Slavery and the Origins of American Policing, Eastern Kentucky University Police Studies Online, January 7th, 2014
Lynching in the West, Erased from History and Photos, The New York Times, December 6th, 2012
Trayvon Martin Killing: The Legacy of Extralegal Racial Violence Continues On, Kidada Williams in NYU Press blog, March, 2012
Time and Distance Overcome, Eula Bliss in NPR Books, March 23rd, 2009
Slavery Haunts America’s Plantation Prisons by Maya Schenwar in TruthOut, August 28th, 2008
DOJ Official: Slavery to Blame for Riots in Ferguson, PJMedia, May 19th, 2015
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