More Black people killed by police than were lynched during Jim Crow

An amazing statistic. Clearly it’s more important than ever to participate in our Police Shootings Index project (use the search box) and make sure that we have accurate statistics. We are in a new age of ethnic cleansing in North America, and it’s time to push back.

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by April V. Taylor

Most Americans tend to think of lynchings as a dated form of racial violence that suddenly disappeared with the ending of Jim Crow; however, America’s proclivity towards slaughtering Black people lives on through the country’s police departments. A recent article published by The Guardian illustrates just how true this reality is, revealing that historians estimate that during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, two to three Black people were lynched every week in the American South.

Most of the Black people lynched last century were high achievers, often business owners; whites were jealous and feared their competition. Some of the same passions likely drive today’s militarization of police and the mass arrest and incarceration of Black people, often for exercising their constitutional rights, as in this arrest of a peaceful protester on Aug. 20 in Ferguson. – Photo: Curtis Compton, AP

When this is compared with the incomplete data compiled by the FBI that shows that a Black person is killed by a white police officer more than twice a week and studies that reveal that a Black person is killed every 28 hours by police, the stark and gut wrenching reality of the nightmare Americans have never awakened from comes into focus.

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