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the actual newspaper stories which prove the depravity of the
American racist culture. And it's still alive and well.

100 Years Of Lynchings

100 Years Of Lynchings by Ralph Ginzburg (1988) - 270 pages
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Recent racial violence against Blacks is on the rise. From distant parts of the United States, reports of racial violence fill the daily news. That Blacks are killed in the streets of New York while being beaten and harassed in the hills of Georgia, should come as no surprise. America has a long but seldom discussed history of violence against its Black citizens. The typical American response has been to ignore this history. Unfortunately this further obscures a historical a historical problem which can only be resolved through defensive vigilance and an awareness of the scope and magnitude of the problem.

Through Ralph Ginzburg's 100 Years Of Lynchings, we gain insight and understanding of the magnitude of racial violence. The hidden past is illuminated to rekindle the defensive vigilance of this generation.

First published in 1962, 100 Years Of Lynchings is as relevant today as it was then. It presents the reader with vivid newspaper accounts of a "red record of racial atrocities." It is a simple and straightforward presentation. Lacking narration, the news articles speak for themselves. Through them we witness a history of racial atrocities that we cannot afford to forget. Ginzburg skillfully selected articles from a wide range of papers, large and small, radical and conservative, white and Black. Through them, he has created a documentary of lynchings. The collection of articles which extend into the 1960's provides a sobering view of American history. Few who read the book will remain unaffected by this view.

Out of print since 1972, 100 Years Of Lynching has been on the wanted list of many readers. The Black Classis Press edition of 100 Years Of Lynching assures continued access to this important work and to the tragic history of chronicles.

And it continues to this day. About one black is lynched every year in the South that we know about. But every year many black males simply disappear and are never seen or heard of again.

Ralph Ginzburg is an experienced journalist, editor, and publisher. He has authored several books and continues to work as a New York City based, freelance journalist (for Reuters, Associated Press, and most of the dailies in New York City).

4-1-19 New Orleans mayor to apologise for 1891 lynching of Italian-Americans
The city of New Orleans has announced it will apologise for the lynching of 11 Italian-Americans in 1891. Some of the victims had been accused of murdering a police chief, but were acquitted after a trial. Angry about the verdict, a mob of racist vigilantes in the city attacked and publicly hanged them. Mayor LaToya Cantrell is due to apologise for the killing - believed to be the largest recorded lynching in US history - on 12 April. Commissioner David Hennessy - a police chief in New Orleans - was ambushed and killed by four men near his home in October 1890. It is thought that with his dying words, he blamed the attack on Italian immigrants. A large Italian community had moved to the city after the civil war and the abolition of slavery, to take up jobs that had formerly been done by slaves. Following Hennessy's death, officials rounded up Italian immigrants - according to some reports, they apprehended thousands. Nine men ended up going to trial in February and March the following year. Six of these men were acquitted, and the other three cases ended in a hung jury. Then on 14 March, a large mob stormed the jail where the men were being held, dragged them out and killed them. John Fratta, from the Order of the Sons of Italy, says the apology is about making people more aware of the episode - particularly because "they don't teach this in schools". (Webmaster's comment: The mass hanging of 38 Dakota Indian men was conducted on December 26, 1862, in Mankato, Minnesota; it was the largest mass execution in United States history. And 3,446 black men, women and children were lynched in the United States from 1882-1968. Many more were simply murdered.)

6-30-18 Black US senators introduce anti-lynching bill
The three black United States senators have introduced a bill that would make lynching a federal hate crime. The bill would allow lynching to be added as a hate crime charge alongside existing crimes such as murder. More than 200 anti-lynching bills have been introduced to Congress since 1918 only to be voted down, noted the bill's lead sponsor, Democrat Kamala Harris. "Lynching is a dark, despicable part of our history, and we must acknowledge that, lest we repeat it," she said. If passed, the Justice for Victims of Lynching Act would make lynching punishable by a sentence of up to life in prison. Lynching is murder by a mob with no due process or rule of law. In the US south in the 19th and 20th centuries, thousands of African Americans were lynched by white mobs, often by hanging. The bill is a bipartisan effort - Ms Harris and Mr Booker are Democrats while the bill's third sponsor, Tim Scott, is a Republican. "It's a travesty that despite repeated attempts to do so, Congress still hasn't put anti-lynching legislation on the books," Mr Booker said in a statement. "This bill will right historical wrongs by acknowledging our country's stained past and codifying into law our commitment to abolishing this shameful practice." According to the text of the bill, at least 4,742 people were reported lynched in the US between 1882 and 1968. It says 99% of all perpetrators of lynching escaped punishment. (Webmaster's comment: It will never pass. The white male supremacists will always want the right to lynch non-whites.)

100 Years Of Lynchings

Sioux Falls Free Thinkers endorse 100 Years Of Lynchings for listing
the actual newspaper stories which prove the depravity of the
American racist culture. And it's still alive and well.