Strange Fruit: An Overview of Lynching in America
The article presented a definitive overview of lynching in America. Much of the reasoning behind lynching is very crude. It is shocking to learn that majority of lynchings occurred for absolutely no reason. I wish there was an effective way to protect African Americans from this horrific punishment. Unfortunately, it took decades to spread awareness of the violence. I don’t understand why it was necessary to intimidate African Americans.
For whites to take justice into their own hands removes their respect from the legal system. If a black ...view middle of the document...
I would feel real bad for anyone who sneezed in the direction of a white man. This sounds really bizarre for whites to lynch blacks over the simplest things.
It is nice to see that there were whites who would sympathize with African Americans. They understood that blacks needed civil participation and legal protection for their own good. Fortunately with the passage of the 13th, 14th, and the 15th amendment, blacks were given citizenship and afforded the right to vote. These were steps in the right direction for African Americans.
While they were afforded the right to vote, the South still found ways to halt the advance of African American liberties. I don’t understand why there were laws designed to disfranchise black people. What I also don’t understand is why whites used the white female to defend lynching. Why couldn’t have been there more protections for the black female? White men exploited black women for years without widespread repercussions from black men. I did notice, however, that one thing white men feared of was miscegenation. Lynching evolved from vigilante justice to protection of the white woman.
I also tried wrapping my head around how the South revels for a lynching. A monstrous public display becomes an event where everyone partakes in the gruesome. I think it’s horrific that even little kids participate in the lynching.