Lynching: the myth, the denial, the reality

See below back & forth regarding Charles Blow’s excellent article, “Lynch Mob: Misuse of Language” in the New York Times.                                                                                                  Blow responded to Baltimore police union President calling protesters “a lynch mob”.  Blow chronicles the history of lynching in the USA.
Tina Trent is a reader of that article.
Below that is my response to Trent.

Tina Trent

Millions of rapes, hundreds of thousands of murders, many millions of brutal assaults and armed robberies and burglaries — communities destroyed and property devalued and people terrorized on a daily basis, year after year. We’ve had half a century of this story, yet you suppress it.

The lynching era is history, and horrific as it was, the death toll was very small — and you along with historians have conveniently left out the fact that most lynchings were the result of horrific, real crimes with victims, including black ones. Along with the horror of lynching, the horror of those crimes are part of history too — including crimes visited on black victims by the men who were lynched. It is part of the story, but suppressed.

Meanwhile, violent crime, intimidation, and mass destruction that has largely — and in recent years virtually exclusively — been visited upon society by black men since the 1960’s is, what, verboten? The armies of journalists and judges and lawyers and professors who enable criminals to commit violent crimes without consequences are indeed the lynch mob of today, arm in arm with the criminals who commit those crimes. And their victims are both black and white though in recent years largely black. The title is richly deserved: lynch mob, enablers of mass violence against innocents and mass destruction.

To deny the fact and human toll of violent crime perpetrated over the last 50 years earns another title too: historical denier.

Markk Seattle                                                                                                                                      It is my impression you are opposed to legal due-process for an accused who has a dark skin.

Along with maligning “armies of journalists and judges and lawyer and professionals”, you omit citing societal dynamics that contribute to criminal activity.  These include inequities in education and employment, the criminal-justice system, and (deny it though you will) the endemic disease of racism in the core of US culture.

Despite your own flagrant and soul-deep antipathy towards black people, your mindset will not allow you to recognize racism within yourself.

As an American, I feel pieces of racism within myself.  It’s a lingering malady which I do my best to keep from directing my reactions and thinking.  It would take courage and humility, but try to do that for yourself.

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