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Wednesday evening May 24, 1892, the city of Memphis was filled with excitement.
Editorials in the daily papers of that date caused a meeting to be held in the Cotton Exchange Building.
A committee was sent for the editors of the Free Speech an Afro-American journal published in that city, and the only reason the open threats of lynching that were made were not carried out was that they could not be found.
The cause of all this commotion was the following editorial published in the Free Speech on May 21, 1892, the Saturday previous.
Eight negroes lynched since the last issue of the Free Speech one at Little Rock, Ark., last Saturday morning where the citizens broke(?) into.
The penitentiary and got their man; three near Anniston, Ala., one near New Orleans; and three at Clarksville, Ga., the last three for killing a white man, and five on the same old racket—the new alarm about raping white women.
The same program of hanging, then shooting bullets into the lifeless bodies was carried out to the letter.
Nobody in this section of the country believes the old thread-bare lie that Negro men rape white women.
If Southern white men are not careful, they will overreach themselves and public sentiment will have a reaction; a conclusion will then be reached which will be very damaging to the moral reputation of their women.
The Daily Commercial of Wednesday following, May 25, contained the following leader:
Those negroes who are attempting to make the lynching of individuals of their race a means for arousing the worst passions of their kind are playing with a dangerous sentiment.
The negroes may as well understand that there is no mercy for the negro rapist and little patience with his defenders.
A negro organ printed in this city, in a recent issue publishes the following atrocious paragraph: “Nobody in this section of the country believes the old thread-bare lie that negro men rape white women.
If Southern white men are not careful they will overreach themselves, and public sentiment will have a reaction; and a conclusion will be reached which will be very damaging to the moral reputation of their women.”
|Author||Ida B. Wells-Barnett|
|No. of Pages||8|
|PDF Size||2 MB|
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