Recently at the National Prayer Breakfast, President Obama compared present-day Islamic terrorism to the crusades. His intention was to compare horrific examples of murderous acts supposedly done in the name of one’s God or religion a thousand years ago. However, from 1877 to 1950, there were almost 4,000 deaths of black males by lynching which was done in the 11 states which seceded from the union, plus Kentucky. A recent New York Times news article described lynching and torture such as burning people alive, castration and dismemberment of fingers and toes for souvenirs. In a 1916 lynching in Waco, Texas, the crowd was estimated to be from 10,000 to 15,000, including public officials and police. All this happened in the Christian “Bible Belt.”
Few of the church leadership spoke out against this practice. People were lynched for minor transgressions, such as “talking back” to a white man, insisting on basic rights of voting and fairness or supposedly bumping against a white woman.
Lynching was used to intimidate and control the black population. Historically, such lynchings resulted in a mass migration of southern blacks to northern states.
Bob Jackson, Modesto