Ida B Wells

I came across Ida Wells today while looking at tweets addressing the Black Lives Matter movement and here are a couple of links to some extraordinary work by her. The lynchings are a bit close home and resonate with the killings of dalit men here, here and here as well as the ‘ghar wapsi‘ and ‘love jihad‘ rabid hatred.

“Ida Bell Wells-Barnett (July 16, 1862 – March 25, 1931) was an African-American journalist, newspaper editor, suffragist, sociologist, and an early leader in the civil rights movement. She documented lynching in the United States, showing that it was often used as a way to control or punish blacks who competed with whites, rather than being based in criminal acts by blacks, as was usually claimed by white mobs. She was active in women’s rights and the women’s suffrage movement, establishing several notable women’s organizations. Wells was a skilled and persuasive rhetorician, and traveled internationally on lecture tours.”

Here’s a link to her book – Southern Horrors: Lynch Law in all its phases





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