The NAACP defines a Lynching as the “public killing of a person who has not received due process”. A 49-year-old man was on Jefferson’s list of alleged victims of lynching Craig Anderson, who was reportedly run over by a mob of 10 white teenagers shouting “white power”. They are said to have decided in advance to “go with some n — k,” the Post reported. Deryl Dedmon, John Rice and Dylan Butler pleaded guilty to conspiracy and hate crime, and during their conviction, US District Judge Carlton Reeve said: Mississippi lynchings and lynch mobs long forgotten. “
In the more than 4,400 lynchings across the country from 1877 to 1950, as counted by the Equal Justice Initiative, Mississippi reported 581, the highest number of any state. “The last recorded lynching in the United States was in 1981,” Jefferson said. “But the thing is, lynching has never stopped in the United States. Lynching in Mississippi has never stopped. The bad bastards just stopped taking photos and passed them around like baseball cards. “
Raynard Johnson, a 17-year-old teenager, was found “hanging from a pecan tree” outside his own home in Kokomo, Mississippi, on June 16, 2000, the Washington Post reported. Nick Naylor, 23, was found hanging from a tree with a dog chain around his neck on January 9, 2003 in Porterville, Mississippi. Roy Kalb, 55; Frederick Jermaine Carter, 26; Otis Byrd, 54; Phillip Carroll, 22; and Deondrey Montreal Hopkins, 35, were all found hanging from trees with none of their deaths classified as homicide, the Post reported.
“There’s a pattern in how these cases are investigated,” Jefferson said. “When the authorities arrive at the scene, it is treated as suicide almost immediately. The crime scene has not been preserved. The investigation is questionable. And then, despite evidence to the contrary, there is a formal judgment of suicide. And the case is never heard from again unless someone brings it up. “
We have seen this repeatedly over the past year in what many refer to as modern day police lynchings of black men and women. Bryan Stevenson, founder of the nonprofit Equal Justice Initiative, told National Geographic last June that we had never faced the “fiction that blacks are not fully developed and less human, less worthy and less deserving than whites.”
“This notion of white supremacy has fueled a century of racial violence against blacks, thousands of lynchings, mass murders, and an ongoing presumption of danger and guilt,” said Stevenson. “So when Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor or George Floyd are killed, the immediate instinct of the police, prosecutors and too many elected officials is to protect the whites involved.”
In one Indiana case, a black activist was charged with assault and wrongdoing in what he called his own attempted lynching. “There’s nothing more American than indicting a black man for his own attempted lynching,” Vauhxx Booker told reporters outside an Indiana courthouse last Monday. Monroe County’s Special Attorney Sonia Leerkamp brought charges against Booker more than a year after the actual incident, which occurred on July 4, 2020 near Bloomington, Indiana.
“Throughout the year, the Special Prosecutor has been pressuring and harassing me at every turn that if I don’t deal with restorative justice, if I don’t drop the charges, she will charge me,” Booker said. “It wasn’t about new evidence or shocking revelations. It just happened that once again a black man said ‘no’ to a white man – and they would punish me. “
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