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Change Becomes You

The American Plan: Lynching in America in 2020

Elmore Bolling (see photo above) was lynched in 1947 in Alabama for becoming a little too prosperous for the liking of some of his neighbors.

1. Tulsa Race Riots

2. Voting Rights Restricted.

We of the South have never recognized the right of the negro to govern white men, and we never will. We have never believed him to be the equal of the white man, and we will not submit to his gratifying his lust on our wives and daughters without lynching him.

What is the collective psychological effect of this kind of terrorism that unfolds for years and decades without end and from which there is no escape? Does it affect the terrorized group’s prospects for a few years? A few decades? How long? And how does it affect them?

But it’s all in the past now, yes?

4. Prison Labor

5. The American Plan

Context is everything isn’t it?

6. Legal segregation and unequal education

7.Government sanctioned violence against peaceful protesters

8. Housing discrimination

45.8 percent of young black children (under age 6) live in poverty, compared to 14.5 percent of white children.

9. Vietnam, a moment of leveling

10. Chattel Slavery

It has been, for most of American history, a reign of terror for black people.

So when did all of this end?

“Why dredge all this up?”



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