Lynching

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ICYMI: 3 Black Senators Seek to Make Lynching a Federal Crime

Senator Kamala Harris: “Lynching is a dark, despicable part of our history, and we must acknowledge that, lest we repeat it.”

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Mother of 8-Year-Old Attempted Lynching Survivor: 'This Kind of Stuff Does Happen. Everywhere.'

Cassandra Merlin says local police aren’t treating the case seriously.

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British Singer Will Perform at Trump's Inauguration Under One Condition

Rebecca Ferguson wants to sing “Strange Fruit,” which she described as “a reminder of how love is the only thing that will conquer all the hatred in this world.”

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QUOTABLE: Read This Sobering Passage From 'Writing to Save a Life: The Louis Till File'

Scholar John Edgar Wideman’s new book explores the story of Emmett Till’s father, Louis. The U.S. Army convicted the elder Till of rape and murder during World War II and hanged him; leaks about his story derailed attempts to successfully convict his son’s murderers. The book is available today via Scribner.

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New Short Animates History of Lynching and Racial Terror in the U.S.

The video, narrated by Bryan Stevenson and animated by Molly Crabapple, is presented by the Equal Justice Initiative.

White sign with red text reading "#FREEJASMINE" and blue text reading "LOCK UP KILLER COPS," people outside Pasadena Courthouse

Black Lives Matter Organizer Sentenced to 90 Days in Jail, 3 Years Probation for 'Lynching'

Supporters protested Richards’ charges and sentence at the Pasadena, California, courthouse today. 

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Black Lives Matter Organizer Jasmine Richards Convicted of 'Attempted Lynching'

The charge stems from an August incident where Richards and other Pasadena, California, activists tried to remove a Black woman from police custody.

#TBT: Watch This Performance of 'Strange Fruit' in Honor of Billie Holiday's Birthday

Holiday was born on this day in 1915. 

WATCH: Jill Scott Delivers Heart-Stopping Version of 'Strange Fruit'

Scott performed the classic anti-lynching protest song at A&E’s “Shining A Light: A Concert for Progress on Race in America.” 

Keith Beauchamp and Co. Raising Money On Kickstarter For New Emmett Till Movie

The director of “The Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till” is joining forces with Whoopi Goldberg and others to create a new feature film, “Till.” 

Part 5—Race Trips: Confederate Lies and Apple Pie

In Part 5 of this Colorlines series, journalists Brian and Erin Hollaway Palmer, an interracial couple, continue their trip through the Deep South where they’re confronting sugar-coated Confederate history, the stories of their ancestors, and the profound weirdness of a polite society plagued by racism. 

White Texas Teens Say Sorry for Lynching Freestyle

In the epithet-filled recording, two white girls from Grapevine, Tex., are heard rapping about killing black, Mexican and Asian people.

Graphic Design Company Insists 'Hanging Tree' Ad Was Not About Race

Seasalt & Co. writes that “seeing the noose wasn’t meant to think of a certain race being hung. It was left empty to represent that we refuse to be judged and hung in a non [literal] sense.”

Graphic Design Company in Hot Water Over Noose Ad

Seasalt & Co. to social media commenters: ‘If you feel your rights are being violated, please contact the civil rights department with your concerns.’

FBI Will Investigate Lennon Lacy's Hanging Death in North Carolina

Family speculates their son may have been lynched.

North Carolina Family Wants Feds to Investigate Black Teen's Hanging Death

Local Bladenboro officials ruled the hanging of 17-year-old Lennon Lacy a suicide. His family and the local NAACP are asking if he was lynched.