Words are our Best Weapon Against the Lies of History (Truth in the Root of the Word).
Yes, their deeds will Resound, a GREAT SHAME that has been done for centuries, and which continue to this very day.
At the time postcards depicting lynching were made, many did not see them as depicting a heinous crime but as glorifying justice served. While this view is based on the tradition of Lynch Laws that allowed the administration of justice without resorting to the inefficiencies of the legal system, it most often functioned as the ritual murder of Blacks, especially by hanging, to maintain white supremacy through the use of terrorism.
A lynching was usually a festive community activity that attracted local photographers who would try to produce as many real photo postcards of the event as possible so they could be quickly sold as souvenirs.
Many of these “Humans” (see: Ballentine’s Law Dictionary, 1930 definition) and their off-spring cannot (and will not) acknowledge what they have done. Saying, “These things happened hundreds of years ago, I just want to forget it and move on”. I actually heard someone say that. Another wrote me an email (when I questioned her involvement in the same acts, but using “New” technology”). Her response was the EXACT same sentiment. Yet their very denial is reason why they cannot “move-on”, but continue to repeat the same acts (Deeds) of their Forefathers.
It is A worldwide Shame by all “civilized” societies, that brought civility to the so-called barbarians they encountered in the lands they colonized.
No nation of people spoke-out or interjected on behalf of these people, on behalf of Humanity. However, it seems, everyone was all too eager to participate in their own way. What is interesting every person who arrives at the shores of those indigenous to the land, are all working from the same mindset, to disenfranchise, harm, torture and murder people native to the land. This Wetiko* (Cree word for psychopath) mindset is ingrained in societies with every kind of organization, Feed the Children, Help the Homeless, Save the Rainforest; however if you would look a little deeper you will see it is those same organizations, and their international partners, that are the very ones perpetrating these worldwide disfranchisement.
|(See articles, An Heir to The Throne, Make Your Own Ark…Merkabah, and The Aryan Question)|
Isn’t it obvious by now, this “human” cannot get along with anything on this planet, let alone its Original BEings?
This wetiko* (psychopath) mindset happens on a World-wide scale, and there is no one willing to stand up to this inhumanity and put a stop to it; so it continues today without sanctuary.*The Autochthon-American term Wetiko was brought into the forefront by Jack D. Forbes in his writings, The American Discovery of Europe, (investigates the voyages of America’s Original people to the European continent before Columbus’s 1492 arrival in the “New World and Columbus and Other Cannibals: The Wetiko Disease of Exploitation, Imperialism, and Terrorism. Below, Image from the Inquisition, 10-13 century.
Many of the people who attended lynchings as children in the 1930’s and 40’s must be still alive and walking the streets of the principal states of the lynching belt. It is also possible that their parents might still be alive. Nazi hunters have made an art of exposing war criminals through photographs taken in the death camp era. This strategy would have worked well against Southern lynch-mob killers who posed for the camera while murdering Autochthon-Americans in a campaign of terror that persisted into the 20th century, til this day.
Around the turn of the last century, many white people in the United States were eager to draw a thick, bold line separating the races. Sometimes they drew the line in blood. The Tuskegee Institute recorded nearly 5,000 lynchings of Autochthon-American people between 1880 and 1930. Historians say there were thousands more. But we know there are hundreds of thousands more not documented with a picture.
ON A JUNE NIGHT IN 1920, hundreds of angry men and thousands of curious onlookers surrounded the downtown headquarters of the Duluth police department. The crowd might have reached 10,000. They wanted the handful of police officers inside to turn over their prisoners – a group of young, black circus workers. The police had arrested the men earlier that day. They accused some of the out-of-towners of raping a young, white woman at the circus grounds. Later investigations cast serious doubt on the rape charges, but the howling mob outside the police station had no doubts.
“This is where the mob broke in,” says Michael Fedo, who wrote a book about the 1920 lynchings. “I think this was a Sears store or a hardware store. The mob came into this store – which is now the casino – and the proprietor gave them rope for the hangings and said it was on the house.”
Standing in the heart of downtown Duluth, Fedo points across Superior St. to a handsome, three-story brownstone building full of offices. The word “POLICE” is still carved in the stone over the door.
Fedo says when the mob closed in on the police station, the city’s public safety commissioner ordered the 12 officers inside to holster their guns. He didn’t want anyone in the crowd to get hurt. A few officers came out onto the street, and tried to fight the mob back with their bare hands and a fire hose. But the crowd surged past them into the jail, with a roar that could be heard a mile away.
“Most of the cells were on the second floor, so they went in and broke into several of the cells.”
While members of the mob sawed and smashed on the bars, some of the men inside the cells pleaded their innocence. Others prayed.
“The people in the mob believed that six had attacked the girl, so they tried to get six – they only managed to get into three of the cells. There were several people in the cells with the prisoners, asking questions, trying to find out in their minds who the six were among the more than a dozen who were in the cells,” says Fedo.The Duluth News Tribune’s front page, the day after the lynchings.
“The people who were outside were saying, ‘Just give us somebody,’ and that first somebody was a young man named Isaac McGhie, who was just thrown from the cell to the hands of the mob who took him out front, brought him up the hill here one block, where he was the first one hanged,” Fedo recalls.
Isaac McGhie was beaten and bloody when he got to this corner, right next to the Duluth Shrine Temple, which is still here.
“This is where they were brought to be hanged. I don’t know why they would have been brought up the hill instead of down the hill. But it may have been because there was a young man perched on top of this pole, and they just assumed, ‘He’s already there, we’ll take them up there, we’ll have this kid tie a knot on the lamppost above the street, and take care of business that way,'” says Fedo.
A priest named William Powers pushed his way to the front of the crowd, and climbed part way up the lamppost. The priest managed to quiet the crowd for a few moments. He begged them to stop. But members of the mob pulled Rev. Powers down, and hoisted Isaac McGhie up.
Then the mob dragged Elmer Jackson and Elias Clayton out of the jail, and up the hill to the street light. When all three men were hanging, battered and dead, the crowd parted so a photographer could capture the scene.
“This was a significantly posed photo,” says Fedo. “It took a couple of automobiles with lights to illuminate the scene so the photographer could get his picture taken.”
In the center of the crisp, black and white photo, Elmer Jackson and Isaac McGhie hang from the street light, stripped to the waist, their necks impossibly stretched and twisted. Elias Clayton lies beneath their feet, tossed onto the sidewalk, to make it easier to frame the picture. Dozens of men lean into the picture facing the camera.
“What this looks like is the kind of photo you would see at a hunting lodge, where the guys had been out shooting bear, and they came back and they said, ‘We got three.’ You can see people on tip-toe. They’ve crowded into this shot. These are not people who are ashamed to be seen here. This is, ‘I want to be in this picture.'”
“The one that quite stood out is the fellow who’s to the left of the bodies who is beaming. He looks like he’s very proud of what has transpired, and that is the face that really stands out to me,” says Fedo.
Someone made postcards out of the photo, and sold them as souvenirs. Postcards of lynchings were fairly common. A recent book, Without Sanctuary, is a collection of photos and postcards from nearly 100 lynchings. It includes the picture from Duluth.
A lynching in northern Minnesota was big news. It made headlines across the country. It stayed in the local news for months during the criminal trials that followed. Juries in Duluth convicted three men of rioting. The longest sentence served was two years. No one was convicted of murder. But one of the black men who survived the attack on the jail was convicted of rape, in spite of compelling evidence he was innocent. He served four years in prison.
And then, the story of the lynching disappeared from the news.
Even in death there was no sanctuary. Here the body is being ridiculed.
Postcards are more than a visual report. Such as these are political statements in a campaign waged against Original Autochthon-Americans ( a description that is more appropriate.) The images are being used as a political weapon in a campaign of terrorism in the American South, and now we see this same campaign all over the world.
The text to the above photo postcard (taken around 1900) says that it is the “bludgeoned body of a “so-called” African American male, propped in a rocking chair, blood splattered clothes, white and dark paint applied to the face and head, shadow of man using rod to prop up the victims head.” (location unknown)
Local photographers were a part of the mob and sided with them. As you can see from the pictures these are not critical images. They affirm what is going on.
A Rare Post Card of the Leo M. Frank Lynching.
Images taken from James Allen ed., Without Sanctuary: Lynching Photography in America (2004)
Lynching of Nease Gillespie, John Gillespie and Jack Dillingham, Salisbury, Georgia, 1906
Postcard of lynching of William Stanley, Temple, Texas 1915. Reverse reads “This is the barbecue we had last night my is to the left with a cross over it your son Joe.”
Lynching of Thomas Shipp and Abram Smith, Marion, Indiana, 1930 (one of the victims hair kept as a keepsake)
Postcard from lynching of Will James, Cairo, Illinois 1909
Postcard of lynching of Virgil Jones, Robert Jones, Thomas Jones, and Joseph Riley, Russelville, Kentucky, 1908
|Frank’s Eyes…whose essence lives in everyone that sees them.There will be absolute and utter Atonement.|
Images of the lynching of Frank Embree, Fayette, Missouri 1899
An excerpt from Blood at the Root (Lynching as American Cultural Nucleus)
Explores lynching’s constitutive formations of black and white citizenship in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Examines privileged legal and psychological constructions of white subjectivity while investigating the oppression of black subjects forced to relinquish personhood in the American public sphere, where the privileges of citizenship were preserved by extending exclusively to white men the power to touch, observe, and torture the body of the Other with curiosity and violence. The public squares, court houses, and churches that served as settings for lynching are now valorized by American exceptionalism, but for African-Americans they were stages of suffering, as Saidiya V. Hartman has called them, as well as places of political lack.
Rotten to the Core
Their fear of others, is actually fear of themselves. These pictures are not only pictures (taken by their kind) of their crimes against humanity, but it depicts their true nature, caught on film, by them, for them ( until now).
And yet they Still deny, and continue killing. However now these Lynchings have a new name and new technology.
Today this Beast has perfected his torture. Electromagnetic Weapons has become his new weapon of choice to commit crimes.
The use of technology with media-driven (mind mapped) kinship in all races of people has enabled this wetiko mindset to flourish. Its seed has polluted many, so it is no longer just the so-called white folks shown in these pictures doing these deeds but others of various race.
Electronics their new weapon to commit murder? The use of iPhones “smart” phones, Text Messages to group stalk, harass (push, fight) and disenfranchise victims. Heart-attack inducing weapons, and ritual killings.
There are many missing tales that are not told. The tales of eating the body parts (special recipes for cooking the Penis, the Head, the Buttocks), of using babies as alligator bait, and demonic rituals and ceremonies. Yes, these are the tales they will not tell you. But these are the Deeds that they continue to this day.
Lastly, THINK ACTIVELY
An old chief was teaching his grandson about life:
“A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy.
“It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves.
“One is evil – he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, self-doubt, and ego.
“The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith.
“This same fight is going on inside you – and inside every other person, too.”
The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather,
“Which wolf will win?”
The old chief simply replied,
“The one YOU feed.”
Examine where these ideologies come from, their mechanism for use and why. Labels such as Black/White are legal terms (among others). What Exactly are you agreeing to? Who is benefiting from those agreements (and deeds)?
Change those agreements by changing what you Call Yourself; then stop behaving like them. Your sheer defiance (Selflessness) not to harm others moves you from the mindset of total destruction, fear, scarcity – to the mindset of humanity, abundance and harmony with all.
Discover Who and What You Are – don’t be mislead into believing you are like them.
Love yourSelf, Trust yourSelf!