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Hospital Worker Loses Job Over Election Day Outfit

It had a noose and the words 'Mississippi Justice'

(Newser) - It's not clear what Mississippi man Clayton Hickey was hoping to achieve by wearing a pro-lynching T-shirt on Election Day—but if it was getting fired, then job done. Photos shared online showed Hickey at a polling place in Olive Branch, Mississippi, wearing a T-shirt that featured a Confederate... More »

Suicide or 'Lynching'? A New Ferguson Flashpoint

Police say it appears Danye Jones hanged himself, but his mother doesn't believe it

(Newser) - "They lynched my baby." So wrote Melissa McKinnies, an organizer of the Ferguson protests of 2014, upon the death of her 24-year-old son, Danye Jones. Police in St. Louis County, however, say it looks like a suicide. McKinnies' suspicions have since spread across social media, and the story... More »

Prosecutors: Tourist Lynched in Amazon Had Bought a Pistol

Prosecutors say Sebastian Woodroffe is main suspect in shaman's killing

(Newser) - The Canadian man lynched in the Amazon last Thursday is the No. 1 suspect in the death of an octogenarian shaman, prosecutors say. Reuters reports on the new evidence that brought them to that conclusion: a silver-colored pistol prosecutor Ricardo Jimenez says Sebastian Woodroffe purchased in early April. They were... More »

In Peru's Amazon, a Shaman Is Killed, Then a Tourist Lynched

Police investigating the death of Sebastian Woodroffe, 41

(Newser) - The death of a Canadian man is making headlines for its location, manner, and the murkiness around it. The body of Sebastian Woodroffe was found in a shallow grave Saturday in the Ucayali region of Peru's Amazon by police who began searching for the 41-year-old after a video was... More »

America Gets Its First Site Documenting Racial Inequality

Alabama memorial honors 4.4K lynching victims

(Newser) - Elmore Bolling defied the odds against black men and built several successful businesses during the harsh era of Jim Crow segregation in the South. He had more money than a lot of whites, which his descendants believe was all it took to get him lynched in 1947. He was shot... More »

College Hits Back at 'Lynched' Professor

Essex County College: Lisa Durden's remarks on Fox News made students fearful

(Newser) - A professor in New Jersey is repeating claims that she was "publicly lynched" by Essex County College after defending a Black Lives Matter event in a Fox News interview, reports the Washington Post . The school, meanwhile, is speaking out. In a statement , President Anthony Munroe says Essex County College... More »

Lawmaker Calls for Lynchings as Confederate Statues Fall

Mississippi's Karl Oliver says 'choice of words was horribly wrong'

(Newser) - A Mississippi state lawmaker is facing a firestorm after saying politicians who support the removal of Confederate monuments should be lynched. Four Confederate monuments were recently removed from New Orleans in an effort to "correct" history, the city's mayor tells Time . But Rep. Karl Oliver didn't see... More »

Family Calls for New Probe Into Emmett Till Lynching

A key witness is quoted in a new book as saying she lied

(Newser) - The horrific 1955 Mississippi slaying of Emmett Till, which helped trigger the modern civil rights movement, should be re-investigated now that a key witness is quoted as saying she lied about what the black teen said and did before he was lynched, Till's relatives say. The AP reports two... More »

Shock Revelation From Woman Who Sealed Emmett Till's Fate

Author Timothy Tyson says Carolyn Bryant admitted to making up parts of her story

(Newser) - When 14-year-old Emmett Till walked into a Mississippi store in August 1955, the black teen had no clue that his entrance would lead to his untimely death. And little did anyone in 2017 anticipate that, decades later, the white woman whose words sealed his fate would partly recant her explosive... More »

America Has Lot to Learn From National Lynching Memorial

And it's far past time we build one: columnist

(Newser) - A civil-rights lawyer is proposing a $20 million national memorial to the victims of lynching, and Charles Pierce at Esquire says it's far past time for America to build it. "This country has needed a serious homegrown kind of Truth and Reconciliation Commission literally for centuries now,"... More »

Noose Was Around His Neck, Yet He Survived This Famous Lynching

Mob set out to kill black teen James Cameron in 1930

(Newser) - The jarring image from 1930 remains a seminal one in civil rights history—it shows a white crowd mingling in front of two black teenagers lynched in front of the jail in Marion, Indiana. At BuzzFeed , Syreeta McFadden explores a facet to the lynching that may surprise many who have... More »

Joe’s Crab Shack Used Lynch Mob Photo as Table Decor

Company apologizes, but diners think problem exists elsewhere

(Newser) - A Joe's Crab Shack in Minnesota apparently thought a lynching was fair game to joke about on its table decor. Two diners noticed a photo embedded inside a table at a Roseville location Wednesday night that appeared to show a black person being hanged while white people watched, USA ... More »

After Mob Kills Suspected Rapist: Arrests, a Blackout

Curfew set down in Dimapur, Internet blocked to 'contain tension'

(Newser) - At least 22 people have been arrested in India following last week's mob lynching of a suspected rapist, the New York Times reports; the BBC puts the number as high as 42. Police in the state of Nagaland have already ID'd as many as 300 people who had... More »

Incensed Indian Mob Lynches Rape Suspect

35-year-old dragged for 4 miles was thought to be illegal Bangladeshi national

(Newser) - In an out-of-control incident being described as a "Bastille-like storming," thousands of furious Indian protestors busted into a Dimapur jail, removed a suspected rapist, and lynched him yesterday, the Hindustan Times reports. The mob reportedly broke down two prison gates and stripped down Farid Khan—a 35-year-old used-car... More »

Suspect in '46 Lynching: 'Blacks Are Blaming People'

Georgia man says uncle took part in unsolved murders

(Newser) - The FBI is investigating whether alleged perpetrators of a mass lynching nearly 70 years ago in the South remain alive and well, the Guardian reports. Using a suspect-list provided by civil rights activists, investigators knocked on the door of 86-year-old Charlie Peppers in Monroe, Georgia. The subject of their chat:... More »

South's History of 'Racial Terror': 700 Newly Found Lynchings

Equal Justice Initiative documents 3,959 'racial terror lynchings' over 73 years

(Newser) - Lest we forget: The Equal Justice Initiative today released a report that documents 3,959 "racial terror lynchings" throughout 12 Southern states over the 1877 to 1950 period. That's "at least 700 more lynchings of black people in these states than previously reported," reports the EJI... More »

Troops Maim, Kill Bystander After Big Speech in CAR

Horrific slaying shows country not exactly healed

(Newser) - A military event that was supposed to signal a new start for the Central African Republic became a horrific lynching that put the country's divisions on stark display yesterday. Moments after a speech from Interim President Catherine Samba-Panza hailing the reconstitution of the national army, a group of about... More »

AIG Chief: Bonus Backlash 'as Bad' as Lynchings

Robert Benmosche's comment prompts call for his resignation

(Newser) - Doing nothing to help rehabilitate the public image of bankers, AIG's CEO Robert Benmosche has sparked outrage by comparing backlash over the millions in bonuses the company paid staff in 2009 to racist lynchings. The uproar "was intended to stir public anger, to get everybody out there with... More »

Soccer Ref Beheaded After Stabbing Player

Fans mount his head on spike in middle of pitch

(Newser) - A referee at an amateur soccer match in Brazil allegedly stabbed and killed a player after an on-field disagreement last weekend. That isn't the most gruesome thing that happened during the game that day. In retaliation, fans reportedly lynched the ref—20-year-old Otavio Jordao da Silva—beating, stoning, quartering,... More »

Alleged Killer Tossed in Victim's Grave, Buried Alive

Mob of angry Bolivian villagers teams up in vigilante attack on 17-year-old

(Newser) - Sometimes it takes a village … to enact vigilante justice on an alleged teenage murderer. When police identified 17-year-old Santos Ramos as a suspect in the rape and murder of a 35-year-old near the small Bolivian town of Colquechaca, residents took matters into their own hands. During his alleged victim'... More »

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