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Lynching is a message crime where the very public murders of Black Americans terrorized communities across the nation in the 20th century.

Today Congress passed a bill which makes lynching a hate crime. Watch highlights from @eji_org's summit for the opening of @MemPeaceJustice.
It is not an accident that many do not know about the horrific and very public murders of Black Americans. @Sifill_LDF recalls how a local newspaper did not cover a lynching that happened in front 500 people “for the simple reason that everyone [knew] what happened.”
The legacy of lynching is the foundation of the Black community's relationship with our criminal justice system. Today there is one key difference, “now you cannot unsee Walter Scott running through the park being shot or Eric Garner being choked to death to death by the #NYPD.”
Silence that marked the decades of terrorism inflicted on African Americans no longer stands with cameras widely available. @Time's photo essay by Johnathon Kelso w/ text by @Sifill_LDF documents the enduring & often deliberately hidden legacy of lynching.…
But as “a bold new America is struggling to be born,” Michelle Alexander author of @thenewjimcrow explains “Trump is the resistance” that is trying to roll back the clock and how a “commitment to risk-taking, boldness, and daring required of us now.”
This past April marked the opening of @eji_org the @MemPeaceJustice in Montgomery, AL. It is a powerful monument dedicated to the victims of racial terror, certain to help Americans engage in some much-needed truth & reconciliation with our shared past.…
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