Strange Fruit

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“Strange Fruit”- An overview of lynching in America By: Tameka Bradley Hobbs

Throughout time, slavery made a near-permanent mark on America. With that mark came the marks of brutal beatings and even to the extreme of impressions of nooses left around lynching victims necks. The practice of lynching began in South Carolina in the late 1760s as the country’s first notable move toward vigilantism. By the 1800’s lynching became known as the “lynch law”. Lynching was actually legal and something whites gathered together for and enjoyed as a sport. White people enjoyed lynching blacks all together. Whites would have their kids in attendance to watch a black person die from being lynched and the white kids enjoyed they thought it was quite entertaining. At that time and age kids should be disgusted with seeing a human hanged from a rope and cutting their genitals off. The components of lynching changed considerably. It also became a method of administering punishment to people whose behavior was not socially acceptable. Examples were men who beat their wives or failed to provide for their families, or women who did not or women who did not live up to community standards of lady hood, could expect a visit from local groups of white cappers or lynches‘. However lynching was not the first option of punishment to slaves. They actually were punished on their plantation thus providing immediate enforcement on their rules to the control to the black population and reducing the need for formal law enforcement.

After the days of the civil war and the post reconstruction era blacks fought to free themselves from legalized oppression. Blacks witnessed the power that the laws gave the whites who either owned them or controlled their fates. They were like sitting ducks on plantations ready to be abused. Even thought everyone knew it was wrong they still didn’t change the rule to no one’s surprise. Some blacks didn’t...
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