Friday, December 21, 2018

Flashback Friday

Today's edition of Flashback Friday will continue to look at Mississippi lynchings.   The Flashback Friday posts usually show stories, ads, and videos, and other items of nostalgia from Jackson's past.  However, Flashback Friday is delving into the darker side of Mississippi's past. Posted below are the Clarion-Ledger editorials on the subject from 1900-1909.

 It is one thing to read about lynchings described in today's language. Statistics are often cited but they tend to numb the brain and all too often remain in the abstract.  It is altogether different to read about lynchings as they were reported at the time. Lynchings were reported with nary an editorial comment made against such savagery.  As stated last week, these posts don't do justice to the subject and apologies are made to those who have made a life's work out of fighting such injustice.  It is just a humble attempt to show the average reader how things were a long time ago.


1900
"Sentiment of the people is greater than judge or jury."
1903
A mob lynched three blacks after a white couple in Carrollton was brutally murdered with an ax.  Various newspapers took different stands on the lynching. 

1901

1901
However, this editorial spoke against the anti-lynching crusade.

1901
This editorial made no bones about what it thought about lynching.

1900
While this editorial justified lynching.

1901

This editorial says it all.





However, this 1902 editorial suggested lynching the lynchers but such opinions were in the minority of the editorial pages of the state newspaper.  


1902

25 comments:

Anonymous said...

My father who died 13 years ago at the age of 84 grew up in Rural Hinds County. He told me that it was a crime for a Black man look directly into the eyes of a white woman when talking to her, and if he did he had better hope she did not take offense. If so, he would be at least whipped maybe killed. A "crime" for a Black man was whatever a White man said it was since law enforcement was official and unofficial. Without actual accounts such as these the history of such events would be completely denied.

Anonymous said...

In no way, shape or form am I condoning lynchings, whether then or now. That being said, when you consider how society operates / how we're forced to live today - vs. how society operated / how people lived back then - I submit that our criminal justice system might serve us much better by "operating" somewhere between then and now!

Ever heard of the St. Valentine's Day massacre? Yep, that's because it was scandalous back then....and that was a massacre amongst CRIMINALS! You have 7 people shot execution-style today, and the response is "meh. No big deal. Happens all the time!

I may not be in favor of ALL the prior "law enforcement" tactics from past times, but I'd be OK with a BIG helping of a lot of some other ones back in the day!

Anonymous said...

Where were these "lynchings that began a week ago"?

PittPanther said...

These are your parents and grandparents. What lessons were taught when you guys grew up under these animals?

And you wonder why black people don't trust you to this day?

Anonymous said...

Please note that the black men lynched were often accused of an "assault" on a white woman. Before you fix your mouth to justify these lynchings, you should understand what those murderers considered an "assault" to be.

Anonymous said...

Pitt and 12:47types...

Yes, some really bad things happened by a minute number of bad (re)acting people. However, my families (nor anyone I know) went around hanging/lynching people. Didn't buy em, hold em in chains, whip lashes upon em... etc.

There seems to be a carte blanche opinion that all white people were in on all that was done wrong in the past.

"Animals"?

Anonymous said...

Thanks for posting these, KF. Seeing the bland lies in newsprint helps us realize how these things could happen ... and ought to alert us to the bland lies of today’s news as it excuses atrocities.

Anonymous said...

2:37 ... the vast majority of white people accepted or endorsed it, which is the same as being “in on it.”

If racism isn’t a deal-breaker for you, that means you’re okay with it. Which is not materially different from being a racist.

Enjoy this season of grace and peace.

Anonymous said...

None of this happen, they worked magic with cameras back then too.

Anonymous said...

I am so tired of this "racism" bullshit. GDit grow up. Thousands are hiking thousands of miles to get here, and these tired old grandstanders keep bitching. Find a better country. contribute. contribute. contribute. Move there.

Anonymous said...

4:01 PM ... the vast majority of white people in the US never condoned slavery if that is what is being suggested. Read a little history. Southern plantation owning and slave trading elites were pro slavery for obvious reasons. Those elites manipulated the uneducated whites the same then as now.

Anonymous said...

I’ve never lynched or hung anyone in my life. So quit rubbing my nose in my ancestors shit and telling me I’m guilty. Can we not move on from this. Living in the past doesn’t seem to helping.

Anonymous said...

I think this is the 3rd week of lynching stories on the "Friday Flashback" around here, and it is indeed a sad part of MS history. To think the print media at the time created sensationalism with these articles is, at least to me, sickening. That being said, I'm pretty sure all 3 installments of this subject have included "The Taliaferro murders" story. So just who were these Taliaferro's around the turn of the century in Carrollton? I would think that's a fairly small surname as compared to say a Jones or a Smith. And you do realize their are "former" members of a Taliaferro family in local politics right here in Jackson. Is there a connection?

Anonymous said...

Some folks never had/have a chance, and some will never get it. Folks are ready to move from the past,and they will, when they see a future.

Anonymous said...

4:01, 2:37 here

Racism isn't a "deal-breaker" for me.

It seems to only consume those, like yourself, who state that every action or breath by others who don't agree with your scrip are the racists.

You could (should) note that vast responses wish the hell you'd get a life outside of your self-imposed shackles.

Pavlovian Reality said...

Sharpton and Jackson are not the only race hustlers. There are hundreds right here in our state. Many right here in the Metro. Others right in our towns. Double handfuls working for the media. College classrooms full of 'em. Some right down the street. One or two running blog sites.

Racism and stoking embers make money. There's an art to knowing exactly when to stoke a smoking ember.

When a loud-mouthed, angry man is just about to doze off, you poke him with a sharp stick and he bolts upright and starts right back up mouthing off angrily. If you're crafty enough, you can actually do this for about sixty years.

Anonymous said...

Well the old advertisements were interesting, and that’s about the size of it.
Stirring the pot with newspaper articles from around 120 years ago does nothing
But promote hate and racial distrust. I never owned a slave, never lynched anyone,
And neither did my Father or Grandfather so you can quit trying to lay a guilt trip on me
For being white.

Anonymous said...

KF Why don't you do some fair & balanced reporting? Let's see all the newspaper clipping of the Watt's, Chicago, & other big city riots by blacks. Black mob attacks burning, looting, & shooting firemen & police was very common in the 1960's. Were is that flashback? Has some racist black group called you on the carpet?

Anonymous said...

Well put 6:57 AM

Anonymous said...

I want my history. I want my heritage. But not like this...

Anonymous said...

9:07 Thank you. Yeah, I remember blacks killing whites at will and having the full cooperation of the government, law enforcement, and especially the media. Nobody went to jail! Black racists were in complete control. KF should get those newspaper clippings and publish them. That'll show 'em. And don't say you can't find it. Equal time.

Anonymous said...

12:18 Blacks controlled the newspapers too. Remember?

Anonymous said...

12:18 - It'll be rather easy. Just go back two years and gather up newspapers from Baltimore, Chicago and a few more select democrat cities. There were unrestricted riots, gunfire, cooperation of the government,law enforcement ordered to stand-down and, of course, the spin of the liberal media. Black racists were in complete control and were told they would not meet with opposition.

In fact the only difference in the current-day killings and shootings and bombings was the fact that the President of The United States encouraged and stoked the latter.

Now....kiss my ass and move the goal posts in 3...2...1.

Anonymous said...

Just so you know you can go to Twitter and there is limited censorship and the Twitter in Chief is much more interesting.

Anonymous said...

Speaking of Mississippi and Lynchings...Either they know who the culprits are or they lied about 'constant video surveillance of the grounds....

https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2018/dec/19/mississippi-noose-hung-cindy-hyde-smith-election-p/

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