Apr. 23, 2019
April 23, 1899 "The Intersection At Injustice Boulevard In Georgia" The Story of Sam Hose and WEB D
Today my blog post (www.joesmokethoughts.com) goes back to April 23, 1899. On this date Sam Hose, a young black man was burned at the stake in the Georgia county of Coweta. This horrendous public lynching was viewed by some 5000 people many of whom came from the city of Atlanta, Georgia. The murder of Sam Hose was a vindictive white mob crime that was fed by the newspapers in that area of Georgia, especially the Atlanta Constitution. One of the most vivid accounts of that murder was written in the book, "At The Hands Of Persons Unknown, written by Phillip Dray. The Sam Hose murder is Chapter 1 of that book which I have already read cover to cover on The Blackman Read Aloud Hour,
Phillip Dray aligns the murder of Sam Hose with the effect that murder had on WEB Dubois. Who at the time of Sam Hose's murder was a professor on staff at Atlanta University, Phillip Dray's analysis of Sam Hose's gory murder details the tale of how racial hatred against blacks fueled by uncontrolled media can lead to a mob of whites to relish in a killing that should've turned to stomach and minds of everyone who participated and witness this public lynching.
Sam Hose wasn't an educated man, nor did his ultimate sacrifice lead to changes in the opinions of southern whites regarding black people's oppression. It should've changed the views of white Americans, but it didn't stop the mob from murdering two other black men as a result of the heightened level of racial hatred. Racial hatred drove the white communities surrounding to create a vengeful mob that burned Sam Hose alive. DuBois's thoughts on the level of racist hate were changed due to Sam Hose's murder, Dubois understood how racism and hate had totally consumed many southern whites. DuBois also understood that until those flames of racial hatred of blacks by southern whites were extinguished, Blacks in the south faced white enemies that would continue to stain the soil of the land with the blood of many other Sam Hoses's.
So, today I ask that you listen closely to my reading of Chapter One, A Negro's Life Is a Ver Cheap Thing in Georgia. If we as a black community do not vigorously work to keep our history alive than we stand the chance that stories like the horrendous public murder of Sam Hose will be covered up by a blanket of our own ignorance. Our Black History is in many ways the untold stories of men such as Sam Hose who was not allowed his day of justice in this country. His justice was rendered by a mob who carried cans of kerosene to douse his body and knives to dismember his body parts on April 23, 1899.