Lynchings are NOT a relic of the past. We still carry the pain of such violence and hatred with us. Now, there’s evidence lynchings diminish our lives in other ways. Here are five of the most oppressive.
#1 The Death Penalty
States with a strong history of lynching also are more likely to have the death penalty still in place. Since 1910, our people have made up 75% of those killed under the death penalty.
#2 Voter Suppression
Just as the number of lynchings would increase around the time of elections in the past, the same is true for elections today when threats, social media campaigns, and intimidation efforts increase to keep us politically disenfranchised.
In counties that had high numbers of lynchings, our people tend to die of other health conditions sooner. It seems the same hatred from back then still persists.
The bottom line is we must continue to understand how white terrorism affected us in the past to build better lives for ourselves today.