* In the decades after slavery, whites brutally lynched more than 3,000 blacks for reasons that ranged from "Accused of killing a white person, so why bother with a trial" to "Just for the sheer hell of it."
If all of these cold numbers bore you -- and remember what I said in #3 -- let me end with the story of one such black man, named Sam Hose. He was accused of killing a white man, and it was later determined to be self-defense ... but the mob didn't feel like waiting for due process. I'll let Daniel Silliman tell you what happened next:
First he was chained to a pine tree at a place called Old Troutman Field, outside the city of Newnan, which is about 40 miles southwest of Atlanta. Then his ears were cut off. Then he was stabbed several times, blood spurting to cheers from the gathered crowd. Then his fingers were cut off, severed at the joints.
His genitals were also cut off.
Then he was set on fire.
'Now he was twisting around the tree,' wrote one man who was there. 'Now biting at the bark of the pine, jumping and springing and twisting and fighting for every inch of his life.'
The local paper reported that Hose tried to pull himself up out of the fire with his fingerless hands. The chain that held him snapped, and he fell to the ground. His body was again hacked at with knives, but he wasn't dead, so Sam Hose was pushed back into the fire ...
Because this was America, a Christian country, the Sunday crowd that killed Sam Hose was coming from church. More than 500 came from nearby Newnan. Hundreds came from Palmetto, a city slightly to the north. Word of the in-progress lynching reached Atlanta right as people were leaving their morning worship services. According to historian Philip Dray, the news sparked 'a mad rush of worshippers to the train station seeking the swiftest possible passage' to the lynching.
Between 1,500 and 4,000 people would eventually show up to the scene. The crowd -- this product of superior, civilized European genetic stock -- hacked up bits of the chain, tree, and Hose's corpse to take home as souvenirs.
The Evening News, via Rarenewspapers.com
His knuckles would later appear for sale at a local grocery store.
On your race realist's spreadsheet, that's a single death -- insignificant in the grand scheme of things. But if you want all of the data, you have to factor in the very real human pain and terror and despair, generation after generation growing up believing that following the rules gets you nowhere, that the guys with badges are just another gang.
Ignore that, and you'll wind up succumbing to the same tunnel vision that allows the descendants of the lynch mobs to take to the internet to complain that the descendants of the lynched don't have their act together. You want to get "realistic" about race, there you fucking go.
Sorry, I guess I was yelling there.
David Wong is the Executive Editor at Cracked. His new book, WHAT THE HELL DID I JUST READ, is available for pre-order now at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Indiebound, iBooks and Kobo.
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