Monday, January 31, 2011

Rivers of blood

Responding to liberal criticism of Haley Barbour's insensitive comments concerning violence against blacks during the Civil Rights era, One STVD writes about the exaggeration and hypocrisy on the issue. 

I officially condemn both men for their callousness. Every enlightened person knows that black lynchings were as common as corn. If we begin with the year that Barbour was born--1947--through 1968 when data collection ended, the Tuskegee Institute indicates that over the 22-year period, 14 blacks were lynched in a country of almost 200 million people. That's .64 victims per year. Over the same period, there were five white lynching victims. 

Fourteen black victims...isn't that the number for Washington DC last week? 

2 comments:

dearieme said...

Who lynched the whites?

Anonymous said...

"Who lynched the whites?"

Mobs of vigilantes, as you already knew. Generally, lynching was for those who had particularly offended the community with their egregiously vicious crimes. Why is that so seldom mentioned?

Most other criminals just went through the regular system. You knew that, too.