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"The aftermath of a lynching in Center, Texas, near the Louisiana border. The victim was a 16-year-old boy. August 3, 1920"
Not my usual fare, but I found this photo to be just too striking to pass up. The various emotions you see, from stern, to questioning, to nothing less than shit-eating grins, the presence of children, all while the young man they murdered dangles in front of them.
There was a quite the spate of such occurrences in the immediate post-WWI era. To quote from The Atlantic (where I spotted the photo):

The demobilization of soldiers after the war, which put white and black veterans into competition for scarce jobs, produced the Red Summer of 1919: a succession of racist pogroms against dozens of cities ranging from Longview, Texas, to Chicago to Washington, D.C. Organized white violence against blacks continued into the 1920s—in 1921 a white mob leveled Tulsa’s “Black Wall Street,” and in 1923 another one razed the black town of Rosewood, Florida—and virtually no one was punished.

"The aftermath of a lynching in Center, Texas, near the Louisiana border. The victim was a 16-year-old boy. August 3, 1920"

Not my usual fare, but I found this photo to be just too striking to pass up. The various emotions you see, from stern, to questioning, to nothing less than shit-eating grins, the presence of children, all while the young man they murdered dangles in front of them.

There was a quite the spate of such occurrences in the immediate post-WWI era. To quote from The Atlantic (where I spotted the photo):

The demobilization of soldiers after the war, which put white and black veterans into competition for scarce jobs, produced the Red Summer of 1919: a succession of racist pogroms against dozens of cities ranging from Longview, Texas, to Chicago to Washington, D.C. Organized white violence against blacks continued into the 1920s—in 1921 a white mob leveled Tulsa’s “Black Wall Street,” and in 1923 another one razed the black town of Rosewood, Florida—and virtually no one was punished.



"The aftermath of a lynching in Center, Texas, near the Louisiana border. The victim was a 16-year-old boy. August 3, 1920"

Not my usual fare, but I found this photo to be just too striking to pass up. The various emotions you see, from stern, to questioning, to nothing less than shit-eating grins, the presence of children, all while the young man they murdered dangles in front of them.

There was a quite the spate of such occurrences in the immediate post-WWI era. To quote from The Atlantic (where I spotted the photo):

The demobilization of soldiers after the war, which put white and black veterans into competition for scarce jobs, produced the Red Summer of 1919: a succession of racist pogroms against dozens of cities ranging from Longview, Texas, to Chicago to Washington, D.C. Organized white violence against blacks continued into the 1920s—in 1921 a white mob leveled Tulsa’s “Black Wall Street,” and in 1923 another one razed the black town of Rosewood, Florida—and virtually no one was punished.


   
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