THE STEPCHILD OF LYNCHING

by Liliana Segura June 17 2018 A WEEK BEFORE the crowds arrived in Montgomery for the opening of the National Memorial for Peace and Justice, a monument to victims of lynching in the United States, Alabama prepared to kill 83-year-old Walter Moody. From his death watch cell at Holman prison, Moody called his attorney the night before […]

The Shocking Legacy of Amerika’s Worst Modern-Day Lynching

Twenty years after the brutal, racially motivated murder of James Byrd Jr. in Jasper, Texas, some residents are trying to scrub the crime—and the bigotry behind it—from the town’s history. by JOHN SAVAGE On a chilly Friday afternoon in January, 68-year-old George McDaniel is holding court in the garage of his recreational-vehicle repair shop in the […]

A reckoning for the sadism of white men in the Amerikkkan South

  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   by Ed Pilkington in Montgomery, Alabama Vanessa Croft was driving home after work in Gadsden, Alabama last month when she noticed something strange in her rear-view mirror. There were two huge flags bearing […]

Lynching in Mississippi – Black man dated white woman

  Mississippi state and federal investigators have been called in to review a case where the death of a 21-year-old black man was ruled a suicide. On Feb. 8, Willie Andrew Jones Jr. was found hanging from a tree outside his ex-girlfriend’s house in Scott County. The local sheriff insisted that Jones took his own […]

Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh: ‘On lynching & the Ku Klux Klan’

This May 19 will mark the 125th birthday anniversary of the great anti-imperialist leader, Ho Chi Minh. “Uncle Ho” was a leader of the National Liberation Front, a people’s army that defeated both French and U.S. military invaders in Vietnam. In honor of this legendary figure and the current Black Lives Matter uprising, WW is […]

Stewart: AFROFUTURISM GETS A SUPERB FILM, MARVEL FILMS GROW UP–A Review of Black Panther

  By Andrew Stewart    Note: At the outset I would like to acknowledge the profound debt this essay owes the work of Dr. Jared Ball, Dr. Todd Burroughs, and the website ImixWhatILike, all of whom have produced amazing criticism in the lead-up and on the release weekend of this film. I began studying Africa […]

Lynching and Anti-Lynching: Art and Politics in the 1930s

by M. Lee Stone Lynching and Anti-Lynching: Art and Politics in the 1930s   “There were nearly 5,000 persons lynched from 1882 through 1965.” The term “lynching” supposedly originated during the American Revolution with Colonel Charles Lynch, a Virginia justice of the peace. Lynch ordered “extra legal punishment” for British Loyalists, hanging without a trial. […]

‘13th’ and the culture of surplus punishment

by Victor Wallis Ava DuVernay undertook the documentary “13th” in order to explore and bring attention to the Prison Industrial Complex.[1] The film’s title refers to the 1865 amendment to the U.S. Constitution, in which slavery was abolished “except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted.” The story told by […]

How the terror of lynchings in the past haunts us today and our future

By Jonathan Capehart Natasha Gray holds a placard as she gathers with other protesters across the street from the police department in Ferguson, Mo., on Sept. 26, 2014. (Whitney Curtis/Reuters)   Two years ago, the Equal Justice Initiative, based in Montgomery, Ala., shook us out of our collective historical slumber to force us to reckon with […]

Lynching: A Weapon of National Oppression (1932)

 by Harry Haywood, Milton Howard and Erin Gray A map of the Black Belt territory and its surrounding areas. From James S. Allen’s book, The Negro Question in the United States (International Publishers, 1936). Introduction In the early 1930s, capitalist crisis compelled participants across the political left to face off against a common enemy: extra-legal, ruling-class violence. […]