Monday, July 26, 2010
A Little Remembered Fact? White Lynchings
Matthew Yglesias blows up an American Spectator piece on the lynching of Sherrod's father, but he includes a graph showing lynchings from 1882 on. In the first 10 or so years, the graph seems to show more whites being lynched than blacks (caution: my memory is that statistics on lynchings were very hard to gather so need to be taken with a grain of salt). Of course, in proportion to population, the rate for blacks was always higher, but white lynchings remind us just how violent a country we used to be.