Lynching: The Forgotten Victims

Day 4 of black history month we discuss lynching.

Lynching was the ultimate form of control over the black population. Lynching was not random or impulsive, it was a well-organized and well-publicized event. Advertisements and notices were placed in newspapers. People put on their best clothes to attend a lynching. Clergy, judges, police, business owners, would all come to watch a black person get lynched. Railroad companies would run special promotions to the destination of a lynching. The truth of the matter is this: lynching was sanctioned by the community.