When Professor Eversley brought the act of lynching, I was horrified. I felt like I wanted to look more into what it was and also understand. Lynching is the act of killing someone, especially by hanging, for an alleged offense with or without a legal trial. I found an article on NAACP, that listed more info. Racism was a huge racist stunt, “Of these people that were lynched 3,446 were black. The blacks lynched accounted for 72.7% of the people lynched. These numbers seem large, but it is known that not all of the lynchings were ever recorded.” I can’t believe this was a festivity that people used to celebrate, it is sad to think that not one person thought this was so awful and wrong to do. NOT even one person stopped it from happening and the worst part is kids were there and they had to see all of this happening. Kids are born innocent and everything they learn is from their surroundings. Imagine a child having to see a human specially a black human being, being tortured and killed just because of their skin color.
The people from back then intentionally created racism, by allowing their kids to see such things as lynching and slavery. The created the idea that because of a skin color, they had to be treated differently. The reason behind lynching was ridiculous, “Was lynching necessary? To many people it was not, but to the whites in the late 19th century it served a purpose. Whites started lynching because they felt it was necessary to protect white women. Rape though was not a great factor in reasoning behind the lynching. It was the third greatest cause of lynchings behind homicides and ‘all other causes’.” The whites back then believed that it was a way to punish the blacks from what they had done. There is no explanation because how slaves were treated back then, specially in the South was outrageous. Slaves were mistreated and raped daily by their owners. Mother’s had to give up their kids. But in my opinion, there’s no reasoning to specify what one person might have done to everyone else in that race. I’m glad racism has come a long way and although I believe it is not completely over and it will never be due to ignorant people. I do hope that one day in a perfect world it will be better. I’m also very proud of all the freedom we’ve accomplished and all the amazing things that came out of people who were once considered slaves.