Our country's national crime is lynching. It is not the creature of an hour, the sudden outburst of uncontrolled fury, or the unspeakable brutality of an insane mob.
Brave men do not gather by thousands to torture and murder a single individual, so gagged and bound he cannot make even feeble resistance or defense.
The white man's victory soon became complete by fraud, violence, intimidation and murder.
The people must know before they can act, and there is no educator to compare with the press.
I came home every Friday afternoon, riding the six miles on the back of a big mule. I spent Saturday and Sunday washing and ironing and cooking for the children and went back to my country school on Sunday afternoon.
In fact, for all kinds of offenses - and, for no offenses - from murders to misdemeanors, men and women are put to death without judge or jury; so that, although the political excuse was no longer necessary, the wholesale murder of human beings went on just the same.
Somebody must show that the Afro-American race is more sinned against than sinning, and it seems to have fallen upon me to do so.
If this work can contribute in any way toward proving this, and at the same time arouse the conscience of the American people to a demand for justice to every citizen, and punishment by law for the lawless, I shall feel I have done my race a service.
The appeal to the white man's pocket has ever been more effectual than all the appeals ever made to his conscience.
The white man's dollar is his god, and to stop this will be to stop outrages in many localities.
The Afro-American is not a bestial race.
There is nothing we can do about the lynching now, as we are out-numbered and without arms.
The Afro-American is thus the backbone of the South.
The negro has suffered far more from the commission of this crime against the women of his race by white men than the white race has ever suffered through his crimes.
No nation, savage or civilized, save only the United States of America, has confessed its inability to protect its women save by hanging, shooting, and burning alleged offenders.
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