Sioux Falls Free Thinkers

"Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent!"

For all those with Open Minds!

An Open Mind by Megan Godtland

Free Thinkers Stats

All Websites Stats

Sioux Falls Free Thinkers endorse Without Sanctuary for showing
the real horror pictures of lynched black men, women
and children. Just being "uppity" or not submitting
to a white rapist was enough to kill you.

Without Sanctuary
Lynching Photography in America

Without Sanctuary by Twins Palms Publishers (2004) - 209 pages
Without Sanctuary at Amazon.com

Without Sanctuary brings to life one of the darkest and sickest periods in American history. As a young child, growing up very poor in rural Alabama, I heard stories about lynchings and about the nightriders coming through, intimidating and harassing black people. At the time in all seemed nightmarish, unreal - even unbelievable. The photographs in this book make real the hideous crimes that were committed against humanity.

Many people today, despite the evidence will not believe - don't want to believe - that such atrocities happened in America not so very long ago. These photographs bear witness to the hangings, burnings, castrations, and torture of an American holocaust. Despite all I witnessed during the height of the civil rights movement, and all I experienced of bigotry and hate during my lifetime, these photographs shocked me.

What is it in the human psyche that would drive a person to commit such acts of violence against their fellow citizens? This book cannot answer my question, but it does fill me with deep sadness and an even stronger determination to keep such atrocities from happening again. It is my hope that Without Sanctuary will inspire us, the living, and as yet unborn generations, to be more compassionate, loving, and caring. We must prevent anything like this from ever happening again.

Above by Congressman John Lewis

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.

The photographs reproduced in this volume are part of the Allen/Littlefield Collection, and are on deposit in the Special Collections Department, Robert W. Woodruff Library, Emory University. Book design is by Arlyn Nathan and Jack Woody.

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.)

Total Page Views

Without Sanctuary
Lynching Photography in America

Sioux Falls Free Thinkers endorse Without Sanctuary for showing
the real horror pictures of lynched black men, women
and children. Just being "uppity" or not submitting
to a white rapist was enough to kill you.