AAS Midterm - Kyria Jones 11/15/2007 AAS 221 Take Home...

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Kyria Jones 11/15/2007 AAS 221 Take Home Midterm Exam Dr. Perry 5. Critically discuss Ida B. Wells-Barnett’s scientific journalism in examining the holocaust of lynching. In her study on lynching she focuses on three points. A. Lynching is a color-line murder: This highlights the fact that the majority of lynching is done to blacks. There are an astronomically higher number of blacks being lynched than whites. The original purpose of the lynching was to suppress the black vote by intimidation and murder. The KKK and other white supremacist succeeded at their goal, however, the lynching continued. In fact, Wells-Barnett discovered that the lynching increased every year. In no other nation were their criminals treated the way innocent blacks were treated in the United States. B. Crimes against women are the excuse, not the cause: Lynching was justified in the United States as a way to protect white women. Wells-Barnett argued that the cowardly lyncher revels in murder, and then seeks to shield himself from public execration by claiming devotion to woman. White men assumed all Black men lusted after white women and while we are in a land that says we are equal, it’s a crime for a black man to want a white woman. This excuse was used to kill over
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This note was uploaded on 04/09/2008 for the course AAS 221 taught by Professor Semmes during the Fall '08 term at Eastern Michigan University.

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AAS Midterm - Kyria Jones 11/15/2007 AAS 221 Take Home...

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