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He Says He Was Nearly Lynched. Now He's Been Charged

Black activist Vauhxx Booker hit with assault, trespassing charges a year after Indiana incident

(Newser) - Last summer, a Black Indiana activist says he was attacked by a group of white men and nearly lynched (he claims a noose was mentioned) as he walked with a friend to a park, and the video showing the incident went viral. Two men, Sean Purdy and Jerry Cox II,...

34 Victims of Racial Lynching Are Pardoned in Maryland

Cases date to between 1854 and 1933

(Newser) - Maryland's governor on Saturday posthumously pardoned 34 victims of racial lynching in the state dating between 1854 and 1933, saying they were denied legal due process against the allegations they faced. It was a first-of-its-kind pardon by a governor of a US state. Gov. Larry Hogan signed the order...

Calif. Gold Rush Town Gets Around to Taking Noose Off Logo

Placerville has long been known as 'Hangtown'

(Newser) - The California Gold Rush town of Placerville will change its logo to remove a noose that stems from its mid-19th century reputation as “Hangtown” following lynchings of criminal suspects by mobs of miners, the AP reports. The City Council voted Tuesday night to remove the noose after listening to...

Michigan Lawmaker Threatened With Lynching Over Election

Cynthia Johnson posts threatening voicemails she's received

(Newser) - A Black lawmaker in Michigan is publicizing frightening voicemails she's received as President Trump's team fights for her state to award him its electoral votes, despite the fact that Joe Biden won the state. Cynthia Johnson, a Democrat representing Detroit in the state legislature, is the minority vice...

'I Think They Always Knew': A Lynching Is Revived, 34 Years Later

Timothy Coggins was dragged to his death in 1983. But where was justice?

(Newser) - Timothy Coggins was said to be funny and exuberant, with a captivating smile. Tragically, the young Black man was lynched in October 1983—a crime that went unsolved until law enforcement took up the cold case and showed it to a jury 34 years later, GQ reports. "I think...

Black Man at Lake: 5 Men Yelled 'White Power,' Beat Me

Alleged near-lynching of black man in Indiana partially caught on video; no arrests yet made

(Newser) - The FBI is monitoring the case of a black man who says he was the victim of an attempted lynching in Indiana on July 4. Vauhxx Booker described an encounter with people who yelled "white power" in a Sunday Facebook post , which was accompanied by a video showing him...

Jimmy John's Fires Everyone Connected to Noose Video

Employees terminated after white workers appear to mock a lynching

(Newser) - Jimmy John's wasted no time terminating everyone who was involved in a noose video that went viral. The video, filmed at one of the sandwich chain's Georgia locations, showed white employees placing a noose made out of bread dough around the neck of a white worker, in an...

Before Hanging Death, His Girlfriend Made Angry Threat

Malcolm Harsch's family say he did in fact kill himself

(Newser) - A black man whose hanging death roused the ire of activists did indeed die by suicide, the New York Times reports. A family spokesman says video of Malcolm Harsch, 38, taking his life in Victorville, Calif., last month confirmed he hadn't been lynched. Sheriff's officials reinforced that by...

Study Reveals Horrific Toll of Lynching During Reconstruction

White mobs lynched more than 2K black Americans in 12 years

(Newser) - In the South, the Civil War was followed by 12 bloody years in which black Americans' hopes of taking part in democracy were brutally crushed, according to a new report from the Equal Justice Initiative . The report documents more than 2,000 lynchings during the Reconstruction period and estimates that...

Cops Say They Hanged Themselves. Their Families Disagree

Robert Fuller, Malcolm Harsch found hanged from trees in S. California, and families want answers

(Newser) - Cops say two black men found hanged from trees in two separate incidents in Southern California took their own lives, but their families are pushing back on that, insisting neither one would've ended their lives that way. The New York Times reports that the body of 38-year-old Malcolm Harsch,...

Rand Paul Rankles 2 Black Senators on Anti-Lynching Bill

Kamala Harris, Cory Booker push back on his amendment to weaken legislation

(Newser) - The House and the Senate were this close to agreeing on bipartisan legislation to finally make lynching a federal hate crime—until Rand Paul decided the bill, which could lead to life in prison for violators, couldn't fly as-is. In what CNN reports was an "emotional debate" on...

After Nearly 200 Attempts, Congress Makes Lynching a Federal Crime

65 years after the death of Emmett Till, 14

(Newser) - Sixty-five years after 14-year-old Emmett Till was lynched in Mississippi, the House has approved legislation designating lynching as a hate crime under federal law, the AP reports. The Emmett Till Antilynching Act, introduced by Illinois Rep. Bobby Rush, comes 120 years after Congress first considered anti-lynching legislation and after dozens...

He Was Ready to Place His Order. Then He Saw 'Disgusting' Decor

Erik Pocock says McDonald's Halloween stickers showed hanging that resembled lynching

(Newser) - A McDonald's in Massachusetts has put out an apology after catching flak for gruesome Halloween decor that some say looked uncomfortably like a lynching. Today reports on customer Erik Pocock's visit to a North Andover restaurant on Oct. 22, where he spotted a set of seasonal stickers depicting...

Biden: My 'Lynching' Comment Wasn't Same as Trump's

Biden: My 'Lynching'
Comment Wasn't
Same as Trump's
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Biden: My 'Lynching' Comment Wasn't Same as Trump's

He used the words 'partisan lynching' when discussing Bill Clinton's impeachment

(Newser) - On Tuesday, Joe Biden took President Trump to task for describing the impeachment inquiry against him as a lynching . Also on Tuesday: Biden apologized for doing essentially the same thing in 1998. The series of events:
  • First came Biden's tweet , in which he chided the president: "Impeachment is

His 30-Year Mission: Justice for a Lynching
His 30-Year Mission: 
Justice for a Lynching

His 30-Year Mission: Justice for a Lynching

Virginia's John Johnson has been collecting evidence and names in Raymond Byrd's death

(Newser) - What is thought to be the last lynching in Virginia occurred in August 1926 when a mob pulled Raymond Byrd from a jail in Wytheville, brutally assaulted him, and hanged him from a tree. Now the Washington Post has the story of 80-year-old John Johnson, a black resident of modern-day...

New Orleans Mayor to Apologize for Mass Lynching of Italian Americans

Vigilante mob killed 11 in 1891

(Newser) - The mayor of New Orleans wants to heal what the Order of Sons and Daughters of Italy calls a "longstanding wound"—the deadliest recorded mass lynching in American history. On March 14, 1891, a mob of vigilantes stormed a jail in the city and killed 11 Italian Americans....

Ruling May Help Solve Infamous 1946 Lynching

Two black couples were shot to death in Georgia after a white mob stopped their car

(Newser) - Historian Anthony Pitch failed to pinpoint the killer or killers in his 2016 book on the 1946 lynching of two black couples in rural Georgia. He now hopes a federal appeals court ruling will point him in the right direction. The 11th US Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Monday that...

After 200 Failed Attempts, Bill Finally Passes the Senate

Hate crime bill that would make lynching a crime passes unanimously

(Newser) - After around 200 failed attempts over at least 100 years, a bill to make lynching a federal crime has finally passed the Senate. The bipartisan bill, which was introduced in July, passed the Senate unanimously on Wednesday, the Hill reports. It was sponsored by Sens. Kamala Harris, Cory Booker, and...

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...

Death of Ferguson Activist's Son a New Flashpoint
Suicide or 'Lynching'?
A New Ferguson Flashpoint
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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...

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