Buried in History…?

“Onlookers sometimes fired rifles and handguns hundreds of times into the corpse while people cheered and children played during the festivities. Pieces of the corpse were taken by onlookers as souvenirs of the event [5]. Such was the case when James Irwin was lynched on January 31, 1930. Irwin was accused of the murder of a white girl in the town of Ocilla, Georgia. Taken into custody by a rampaging mob, his fingers and toes were cut off, his teeth pulled out by pliers and finally he was castrated. It still wasn’t enough. Irwin was then burned alive in front of hundreds of onlookers (Brundage, p. 42). No one was ever punished for this barbaric killing. Black victims were hacked to death, dragged behind cars [6], burned, beaten, whipped, sometimes shot thousands of times, mutilated; the savagery was astonishing. How could ordinary people participate in such brutality?”

So these are scenes from a democracy, crica 1930. Does anyone think that a bombing and elimination campaign by Britain, of Klan members and other Southerners would have been effective to get rid of this American ISIS? How well do you think that would have gone? What happened instead? How is this now so buried in history that no one even believes Americans capable of such behavior, only those Muslims over there….What eliminated this white, American Christian Isis?

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