Feb. 15, 2021
Who Pays America? Who Pay?
Black History Month
A Nation Sworn To Injustice
Black Citizens Living Without Rights
By the start of the twentieth century, national leaders had learned to profitably employ popular white supremacist views and pro-lynching rhetoric.
In 1906, President Theodore Roosevelt declared that “the greatest existing cause of lynching is the perpetration, especially by Black men, of the hideous crime of rape.”
“Let [the Black man] keep his hands off white women,” the Memphis Avalanche-Appeal editorialized, “and lynching will soon die out.”
“[If] it requires lynching to protect woman’s dearest possession from ravening, drunken human beasts,” white women’s rights activist Rebecca Felton wrote in the Atlanta Journal in 1898, “then I say lynch a thousand a week if necessary.”