Sunday, January 15, 2012

The Platform

Between 1882 and 1901 over a hundred lynchings, almost all of them of African Americans, occurred each year, with several years exceeding over two hundred. Lynchin allowed whites to retain a measure of controll by instilling considerable fear among the Black community. By the early 1890's a pattern appeared. More lynchings tended to take place during the hotter months with July being the most popular and most took place either at or near the alleged crime. Areas undergoing rapid or extreme ecnomic and political changes were moe likely to experience lynchings, and once onelynching took place, more usually followed. Immedately after a lynching tensions remained hgh and the Black residential and commercial areas of the city often were burned and looted. Loal authorities, if they did not actively assist in it, usually did nothing to stop lynching. Officials at the highest level of southern of the practice. Cole Blease, for example, a former govenor in South Carolina, planted the finger of a lynched man in the gurernatorial garden. (From 1001 Things Everyone Should know About African American History)