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US newspapers played a prominent role, from Reconstruction through the 1960s, in promoting lynchings, massacres and other forms of racist hate

Otis Mayfield

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Why is this surprising?

People living in the year 1900 where a whole lot more racist than today, and that doesn't matter what job they held.
 

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The only documented "lynching" in my city I have been able to find is not what I would necessarily consider a lynching. Black man shot his wife, when police came to arrest him he shot 7 of them, killing one, and when he bolted from the house he was barricaded in when someone in the crowd gathering around set it on fire, he was shot to death in a hail of bullets. Yet, that is our one official lynching.
 

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Our media was complicit in lynchings and Civil Rights violations

Not just in the South

There was no outrage
 

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The county I grew up in had 39 lynchings between the mid 1920s to early 1960s plus other racial murders. Reading he old newspapers about them I agree they had a part in getting folks riled up.
 
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