Nearly 4000 black victims were lynched in 12 states in the southern United States

February 12, 2015 3:17 am

Nearly 4000 black victims were lynched in 12 states in the southern
from 1877 to 1950, an average of more than one a week for
73 years, a new study has revealed.
The Equal Justice Initiative,
a group in Alabama, spent years researching what it called
racial terrorism and visited countless sites where the brutal murders
took place.
It documents 3959 lynchings in Alabama, ,
, , Kentucky, Louisiana, , North Carolina,
, , and .

The Justice
Initiative says it found 700 more victims than any previous study into
the thousands of black men, women and children who were lynched in the
South in this period.
It documented how thousands of white
Americans, including elected officials, gathered to watch public
lynchings in which victims were tortured, mutilated and dismembered.
Postcards
featuring photographs of the corpse were produced, vendors sold food,
spectators sipped lemonade and whiskey, and victim’s body parts
distributed as souvenirs, the report said.

The report called “racial terror lynching” a tactic to
victimise the entire African American community, not merely punish an
alleged perpetrator.
Hundreds of victims were murdered without
being accused of a serious crime, but for minor affronts such as
refusing to step off the sidewalk or bumping into a white woman.
Not one white person was convicted of murder for lynching a black person in America during this period, the report said.
“Lynching
profoundly impacted race relations in America and shaped the
geographic, political, social, and economic conditions of African
Americans in ways that are still evident,” it said.
Blacks are
still disproportionately more likely to be arrested, convicted of a
crime, jailed and sentenced to death in the United States.
The Justice Initiative now intends to raise money and erect monuments to honour the victims.

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