Ida B. Wells: “Lynching: Our National Crime”(1909)
The lynching record for a quarter of a century merits the thoughtful study of the American people. It presents three salient facts:
First: Lynching is color line murder.
Second: Crimes against women is the excuse, not the cause.
Third: It is a national crime and requires a national remedy.
Proof that lynching follows the color line is to be found in the statistics which have been kept for the past twenty-five years. During the few years preceding this period and while frontier lynch law existed, the executions showed a majority of white victims. Later, however, as law courts and...