“So some day, if a Democrat becomes President and the Republicans win the House, even by a tiny margin, they can impeach the President, without due process or fairness or any legal rights. All Republicans must remember what they are witnessing here — a lynching. But we will WIN!”
– Faux-President Donald Trump, colorfully describing the impeachment inquiry by the Democrat-controlled U.S. House of Representatives
Still working (with surprisingly little effort) to maintain his role as ASSHOLE-in-Chief, Trump once again uses racist terminology to elicit sympathy from his brainless followers.
To put the concept of lynching back into historical perspective, the above photo was taken shortly before the lynching death of Henry Smith in Paris, Texas, in 1893 that was viewed by a crowd of 10,000 as a public spectacle. An estimated 4,000 people have been lynched in the U.S. since the end of the Civil War, even as late as the 1960s; mostly Black, but also Native American, Hispanic and even some Whites. Courtesy of the Library of Congress.
The National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Alabama offers a stark view of the REAL victims of human intolerance.
Henry Louis Stephens, untitled watercolor (c. 1863) of a man reading a newspaper with headline “Presidential Proclamation / Slavery.”
On January 1, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln took a break from greeting guests as part of a New Year’s tradition, and slipped into his office to sign a controversial document that ultimately would become a cornerstone in America’s continuing battle for democracy: the Emancipation Proclamation. In the midst of the bloody Civil War, where southern states fought hard to protect their right to enslave the Negro people, this lengthy item declared “that all persons held as slaves” within the rebellious states “are, and henceforward shall be free.”
It had its limitations. It applied only to states that had seceded from the Union, but it exempted border states and any part of the Confederacy that had fallen into northern control. More importantly, it depended upon a Union victory.
The document didn’t actually end slavery in the United States. No piece of paper – even one signed by the President – can obliterate decades or centuries of cultural tradition. That only happens over time and through education. People change and so do the societies in which they live.
But, on the sesquicentennial of this significant declaration, it’s equally critical to remember that human life is valuable. It can’t be sold and it can’t be bought. No country really needs a document telling them that. But sometimes, people have to be reminded how important we all are.
“Confederate apologists have spent almost 150 years trying to change the Civil War into something that it was not. Here’s what it was: an insurrection against the United States government with the main goal of maintaining the institution of African slavery.”
– A group of 12 Texas lawmakers, in a letter opposing a proposed marker on the Texas Capitol campus recognizing the Confederacy.