Monday, November 20, 2006

How common were black lynchings 50 years ago? After watching what seemed like an hour-long press conference on CNN--the most trusted name in news--where Paul Rodriguez (a co-owner of the Laugh Factory where Michael Richards performed) argued with a foaming-at-the-mouth black audience over the Richards flap, my principal reaction was "Michael Richards is Jewish? I didn't know that."

Later, I wondered if it were true, as Richards said, that fifty years ago a disrespectful black man would find himself "upside down with a fork up his ass." Precisely, how common was lynching in 1956? According to the Tuskegee Institute, the exact number of cases in 1956 was ZERO .

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Actually, I think more Chinese were lynched than the blacks. As for black lynchings, I really wonder how many took place. Is is certainly used as a guilt trip device though. Oddly, the number of blacks killed by other blacsk or the number of whites killed by blacks is never brought up.

Anonymous said...

http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/USAlynching.htm

(13) Arthur Raper, Southern Commission on the Study of Lynching (1933)

3,724 people were lynched in the United States from 1889 through to 1930. Over four-fifths of these were Negroes, less than one-sixth of whom were accused of rape. Practically all of the lynchers were native whites. The fact that a number of the victims were tortured, mutilated, dragged, or burned suggests the presence of sadistic tendencies among the lynchers. Of the tens of thousands of lynchers and onlookers, only 49 were indicted and only 4 have been sentenced."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lynching#United_States

The murders of 4,743 people who were lynched in the United States between 1882 and 1968 were not often publicized. It is likely that many more unrecorded lynchings occurred in this period. Lynching statistics were kept only for the 86 years between 1882 and 1968, and were based primarily on newspaper accounts....Most lynchings were inspired by unsolved crime, racism, and innuendo. 3,500 of its victims were African Americans.

Anonymous said...

Michael Richards is not Jewish. Look it up on Wikipedia.

Ron Guhname said...

Yes, apparently he was raised Catholic, not that there is anything wrong with that (said with open hands raised to shoulders).