Uncomfortable Violence

Anti-lynching bills that would make lynching a federal crime have been bouncing around in Congress since 1918. The most recent was the Emmett Till Antilynching Act which passed in the House of Representatives in February 2020 but never made it through the U.S. Senate. This, my friends, is an abomination!!! Our friend Brosephus, continuing his series for Black History Month, tells us of the lynching of Michael Donald who was lynched on March 21st, 1981. The story is unique because … well, I’ll let Brosephus explain why …

The Mind of Brosephus

Lynching is an ugly stain on the fabric of America. It’s one of those ugly truths about our history that many people want to forget or ignore. Totals differ depending on the sources, but the estimates are that between 4 and 5 thousand people were lynched in the US after the Civil War and up to the Civil Rights Era.

Lynching was mob violence condoned by the government. Most often, the violence was carried out by the Ku Klux Klan, but there were many instances of regular everyday white citizens forming a mob to lynch someone. These mobs acted with little to no fear of law enforcement. Some mobs even took on a party-like atmosphere.

I’ve often wondered why the counts end with the Civil Rights Era when lynching didn’t end during that time frame. I was born after the Civil Rights time, and the last verified lynching by a…

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  1. I once knew the circumstances but have forgotten them so have some checking to do here, but the last public lynching in the country, ordered by the court system rather than the KKK, took place here in my hometown in 1936. I heard some of the older family members talk about it when I was growing up, and I think it was a black man accused of raping a white woman. Today he would get prison time, but back then, all those years after the unCivil war he was sentenced to hang. A horrible note in our history.

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    • Michael Donald’s lynching in 1981 is the last ‘officially reported’ lynching, however there have been other since then. Lemon Lacy in 2014 is the last one that I’m aware of. Congress even at one point apologized for not passing anti-lynching legislation, but still hasn’t passed it! Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.

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      • Someone must be paying someone else in Congress to keep the law as is. Some of the so called “laws” still on the books in every state are ludicrous enough to write about but I don’t have the energy to try. I’ve read some of them in past lives and it’s outrageous what they called the law back a few years ago. The hanging in Owensboro was a public execution attended by hundreds of people who brought lunches and had picnics in the Courthouse Square. After that one they began using the electric chair in the state prison. It is — or was, on the books as an execution rather than a lynching because the man was tried and sentenced to death by hanging. I wouldn’t be surprised if some of our good congressmen are affiliated with the KKK, still alive and well all around us.

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        • The fact that no anti-lynching law has yet passed after all these years is largely a result of a population that is very much racist. White supremacy is alive and well, and members of Congress aren’t gonna do anything to upset their racist, bigoted constituents. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr. I have done, long time ago, a post or two about silly, crazy laws still on the books. Perhaps I should do another for a bit of comic relief? Ah yes, I’ve read about lynchings that were well-attended by families bringing picnics and settling in to watch the “entertainment”. I don’t know how people like that live with themselves. Sigh. No, it wouldn’t surprise me either, my friend.

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          • I guess those same people are now going to every execution wherever it is held, but I’m not that fond of watching people die. Especially that way. Having worked for Hospice I have had the honor of holding many people in my arms as they draw their last breath and wouldn’t trade that part of my life for anything, but I have also been at the scene of some auto wrecks and watched some bad stuff there. I know someone has to climb in there and give aid, but I don’;t think I could ever do more than call 911, and hold anyone who has been tossed out. My brother, on the other hand, being a priest did climb in the car when he was first on the scene of a wrecked car with 6 teenagers from his parish in it. Some were already beyond anyone’s help and some were comforted by his presence, but I don’t think I could do that either. and how the heck did I segue into this from the beginning?

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            • Thankfully, there have been very few executions in recent years, and even in those, people are not allowed in just to gawk … only immediate family and attorneys, I believe. I would like to see the death penalty gone forever … someday we will execute an innocent person and to me, it just isn’t worth risking that.

              I have been fortunate that I have never been with someone when they died. I’m not sure how I would handle it. Mind you, I’m not a wuss, but I never even considered a career in the medical field, for I don’t do well with blood and pain. Thumbs up to your brother, though! I have no idea how you segued to this topic, but that’s how conversations go … one thing leads to another and pretty soon you’ve forgotten where you started! Isn’t it fun? I love it!

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              • It’s fun until you spend 15 minutes trying to remember what you were talking about on a long didtance phone call. Or keep talking to someone without knowing what the heck you are trying to say. I did that once.

                Different reply to former question — I finally got the touchpad disabled and the mouse slowed down enough to stop interfering with my typing. YAY! Wrote the entire new chapter to my book without any problem except the usual typos!

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                • Oh I hear you!!! I’ve forgotten the name of somebody 15 minutes after talking to them! And I’m terrible at going into the kitchen for something … coffee, cigarettes … and forgetting why I went in there.

                  I’m so glad you got the touchpad disabled! It’s almost impossible to buy a tablet or laptop these days that doesn’t have a touchpad … I hate them and think they should be optional, not OEM equipment! I don’t think I knew you were writing a book! How exciting! Any hints as to what it’s about?

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                  • My life and memories, mainly for my family and loads of fun to do. I doubt anyone will ever be interested in it except the family but it is something I’ve wanted to do all my life.

                    As for forgetting names, I can be introduced to someone and forget the name while still talking to them. Takes me just a few seconds most of the time.

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                    • I would definitely be interested in it, my friend! And as I’ve long said, we must write for ourselves first, otherwise it falls flat. If it’s something you have a passion for and your heart is in it, it will be fascinating!

                      Yeah, it takes me just a few seconds sometimes, but other names elude me and keep me awake at night, playing through the alphabet trying to remember …

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                    • If you really want to read it in progress I can put your name in to get a copy emailed to you every time I post it. Todays is kinda lame, but send me your email addy and I’ll get you on the very short list of two. Some are definitely better than others, but I go back and edit once in a while to try to make them work out better. also love feedback on them. Not sure when it will all be in book form but for now I’m not even sending it to my entire family. Just my daughter, since it is a gift from her and to one brother who has always been supportive of everything I have ever written.

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                    • YES! I would love that!!! I think you have my email address from back when I wasn’t so lazy and we emailed regularly, but I’ll send it to you in just a minute anyway. And as for publishing … even if you write it only for family and friends, I know it will be appreciated.

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                    • Oh shit!!! Yes, I’ve long been a fan of Dell, even though I’ve not quite bonded with my latest one yet, so I’m using my old one for critical things like the taxes I do and financial records. Perhaps you should take your tablet to an Office Depot and ask them to disable the touchpad … they would likely only charge a very small amount.

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                    • Just got it fixed I think. I found the way in to the touchpad app and disabled it again and this time it seems to have worked. The office stores around here will only work on the computers if you sign a years contract with them at $95 per month. Took one laptop to them to see if they could get some bad files off of it and they wouldn’t even open it unless I signed the contract. Of course all repairs after that would be free, but found an independent contractor who fixed it for less than that with no contract. If I thought it would break down on a monthly basis that might make sense, but how often does a laptop have to be repaired? So, I play around with the little suckers until I manage to stumble into a good fix. I have the distinction of being one of a few who actually bumbled her way into erasing the entire hard drive, one thing I couldn’t undo!

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                    • I’m so glad you figured it out! Hmmmm … perhaps times have changed. A few years ago, I had a problem with mine that I couldn’t fix and Office Depot fixed it for about $30 as I recall and didn’t even mention a contract! Corporate greed … sigh.

                      OH MY! No, erasing the hd is not undo-able! This is why weekly back-ups are so important! 😉

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  2. That there has not been an anti-lynching bill passed tells me all I need to know about the seriousness of Congress towards racial equality. That the KKK is allowed to exist tells me more about a majority of the American People and their attitude to different races. as well as Congress’s feelings about spreading hate.I would not even want to visit America let alone live there until attitudes change and are proved to have changed.

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    • Every couple of years, an anti-lynching bill is proposed, but it never makes it through both chambers of Congress … I do NOT understand why! I am told that the KKK is allowed to exist under the 1st Amendment … ‘freedom of speech’. I guess this means you’re not coming to visit, eh? Well, I guess I’ll just have to find a boat that will take me ‘cross the pond.
      Cwtch

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