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Sioux Falls Free Thinkers endorse Without Sanctuary for showing
the real horror pictures of lynched black men, women
and children. Just being "uppity" or not submitting
to a white rapist was enough to kill you.

Without Sanctuary
Lynching Photography in America

Without Sanctuary by Twins Palms Publishers (2004) - 209 pages
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Without Sanctuary brings to life one of the darkest and sickest periods in American history. As a young child, growing up very poor in rural Alabama, I heard stories about lynchings and about the nightriders coming through, intimidating and harassing black people. At the time in all seemed nightmarish, unreal - even unbelievable. The photographs in this book make real the hideous crimes that were committed against humanity.

Many people today, despite the evidence will not believe - don't want to believe - that such atrocities happened in America not so very long ago. These photographs bear witness to the hangings, burnings, castrations, and torture of an American holocaust. Despite all I witnessed during the height of the civil rights movement, and all I experienced of bigotry and hate during my lifetime, these photographs shocked me.

What is it in the human psyche that would drive a person to commit such acts of violence against their fellow citizens? This book cannot answer my question, but it does fill me with deep sadness and an even stronger determination to keep such atrocities from happening again. It is my hope that Without Sanctuary will inspire us, the living, and as yet unborn generations, to be more compassionate, loving, and caring. We must prevent anything like this from ever happening again.

Above by Congressman John Lewis

And it continues to this day. About one black is lynched every year in the South that we know about. But every year many black males simply disappear and are never seen or heard of again.

The photographs reproduced in this volume are part of the Allen/Littlefield Collection, and are on deposit in the Special Collections Department, Robert W. Woodruff Library, Emory University. Book design is by Arlyn Nathan and Jack Woody.

4-1-19 New Orleans mayor to apologise for 1891 lynching of Italian-Americans
The city of New Orleans has announced it will apologise for the lynching of 11 Italian-Americans in 1891. Some of the victims had been accused of murdering a police chief, but were acquitted after a trial. Angry about the verdict, a mob of racist vigilantes in the city attacked and publicly hanged them. Mayor LaToya Cantrell is due to apologise for the killing - believed to be the largest recorded lynching in US history - on 12 April. Commissioner David Hennessy - a police chief in New Orleans - was ambushed and killed by four men near his home in October 1890. It is thought that with his dying words, he blamed the attack on Italian immigrants. A large Italian community had moved to the city after the civil war and the abolition of slavery, to take up jobs that had formerly been done by slaves. Following Hennessy's death, officials rounded up Italian immigrants - according to some reports, they apprehended thousands. Nine men ended up going to trial in February and March the following year. Six of these men were acquitted, and the other three cases ended in a hung jury. Then on 14 March, a large mob stormed the jail where the men were being held, dragged them out and killed them. John Fratta, from the Order of the Sons of Italy, says the apology is about making people more aware of the episode - particularly because "they don't teach this in schools". (Webmaster's comment: The mass hanging of 38 Dakota Indian men was conducted on December 26, 1862, in Mankato, Minnesota; it was the largest mass execution in United States history. And 3,446 black men, women and children were lynched in their United States from 1882-1968. Many more were simply murdered.)

6-30-18 Black US senators introduce anti-lynching bill
The three black United States senators have introduced a bill that would make lynching a federal hate crime. The bill would allow lynching to be added as a hate crime charge alongside existing crimes such as murder. More than 200 anti-lynching bills have been introduced to Congress since 1918 only to be voted down, noted the bill's lead sponsor, Democrat Kamala Harris. "Lynching is a dark, despicable part of our history, and we must acknowledge that, lest we repeat it," she said. If passed, the Justice for Victims of Lynching Act would make lynching punishable by a sentence of up to life in prison. Lynching is murder by a mob with no due process or rule of law. In the US south in the 19th and 20th centuries, thousands of African Americans were lynched by white mobs, often by hanging. The bill is a bipartisan effort - Ms Harris and Mr Booker are Democrats while the bill's third sponsor, Tim Scott, is a Republican. "It's a travesty that despite repeated attempts to do so, Congress still hasn't put anti-lynching legislation on the books," Mr Booker said in a statement. "This bill will right historical wrongs by acknowledging our country's stained past and codifying into law our commitment to abolishing this shameful practice." According to the text of the bill, at least 4,742 people were reported lynched in the US between 1882 and 1968. It says 99% of all perpetrators of lynching escaped punishment. (Webmaster's comment: It will never pass. The white male supremacists will always want the right to lynch non-whites.)

Without Sanctuary
Lynching Photography in America

Sioux Falls Free Thinkers endorse Without Sanctuary for showing
the real horror pictures of lynched black men, women
and children. Just being "uppity" or not submitting
to a white rapist was enough to kill you.