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Lynching of James Byrd Jr. on June 7, 1998 Remembered

James Byrd’s sisters and the sheriff who investigated recall Byrd’s lynching and aftermath twenty years ago in Jasper, Texas.  Warning: violent details included in the story.  Click here to read the account in the New York Times. Advertisements

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Three Black Senators Introduce Bill to Make Lynching a Federal Hate Crime

Anne Branigin reports that the three African American Senators “Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Tim Scott (R-S.C.), introduced a bill Friday that would make lynching a federal hate crime.  The bill is similar to one introduced earlier this…

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The Worst Thing We’ve Ever Done Download

On the Media’s Brooke Gladstone talks to the Equal Justice Initiative’s Bryan Stevenson about what inspired him to create The Legacy Museum and memorial and to historian Sir Richard Evans about the denazification process in Germany after World War.  To listen to…

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Their Ancestors Were on Opposite Sides of a Lynching. Now, They’re Friends.

The book Karen Branan, a white journalist from Georgia, wrote about a 1912 lynching in Georgia, in which her family members participated, was read by Jackie Jordan Irvine, an black Alabama native and a professor emeritus of urban education at…

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Erica Garner and How America Destroys Black Families

Following news of Erica Garner’s death, Kahana Cauley’s op ed in the New York Times provides numerous examples–from slavery, lynching, imprisonment, and the child protection system–of how the white supremacist system that governs the United States has afflicted and destroyed…

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