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Carl Hiaasen: Racial lynchings, our own history of terrorism | Miami Herald Miami Herald

The victims, a man and a woman, were first tied to a tree.

Their fingers were hacked off and given out as souvenirs. Next their ears were chopped from their heads. A mob beat the man while a crowd of hundreds watched.

A large corkscrew was then used to mutilate both captives, who were tossed onto a fire and burned. While all this was happening, the onlookers — which included women and children — were served lemonade and deviled eggs.

This isn’t a scene the latest ISIS video in Syria. It’s a homegrown American atrocity that took place in 1904 in Doddsville, Miss.

A black man named Luther Holbert and a woman thought to be his wife were snatched by a lynch mob on suspicion of killing a white landowner. No prosecution, no trial, no finding of guilt.

The deaths were two of 3,959 “racial terror lynchings” in 12 Southern states between 1877 and 1950, according to the Equal Justice Initiative. The Alabama-based legal-rights group spent five years researching such murders, and how they were used to terrify African-American communities.

As horrified as we are by the beheadings aired by thugs of the Islamic State, the barbaric spectacles that for decades took place in town squares and public parks across the Deep South were no less monstrous.

Racial lynchings often were staged in a festive carnival atmosphere with large crowds. Sometimes enterprising printers peddled postcards featuring photos of the mangled dead body.

(Please click the link below to read this column on The Miami Herald site-

http://www.miamiherald.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/carl-hiaasen/article10771169.html )

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Common Dreams Highlights | Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community


US Climate Plan ‘Treats the Wound But Does Not Stop the Bleeding’
by Lauren McCauley
As the White House unveils blueprint for emission reductions ahead of UN climate talks, groups warn that unless US moves beyond fossil fuels it will not avert climate catastrophe.


Revulsion and Revolt: Backlash Against Indiana’s Pro-Discrimination Law Grows
by Jon Queally
‘To see folks actively speaking out and taking a stand, people you never thought would say something about it, it says a lot.’
With New Abortion Bill, Arizona Writes Medical Malpractice into Law
by Deirdre Fulton
‘This is unacceptable and not how safe medical care of any kind is provided,’ says women’s health advocate.
Seattle City Council Unanimously Declares Opposition to Fast Track, TPP
by Deirdre Fulton
‘Few things counterpose the interests of multinational corporations to the interests of workers, the environment, and democracy’ like the TPP, says councilmember Kshama Sawant.
From Original 15 to More Than 80, Student Loan Strike Numbers Grow
by Jon Queally
‘It’s been a month since 15 former students of the failing for-profit giant Corinthian Colleges said they would not pay a dime of their student loans because the school broke the law.’
‘Still Struggling’: Study of Gulf Species Contradicts BP’s Slick Corporate Spin
by Deirdre Fulton
‘It may take years or even decades before the full impacts are known, and more research is clearly needed,’ reads National Wildlife Federation report.
President Obama Grants Clemency to 22 Drug Offenders
by Lauren McCauley
Executive Orders issued to correct ‘outdated’ and overblown sentencing for non-violent drug offenders swept up in War on Drugs.
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Trans-Pacific Partnership Proves Rules Are Rigged in Favor of the 1 Percent
by Katrina vanden Heuvel
Our global trade and tax policies have been and still are controlled by corporate and financial interests. They, not workers or consumers, write the rules.
The Real Way to Judge the US Climate Pledge
by Jamie Henn
If we don’t see global emissions peak and rapidly decline in the next few years, the world will be on track for disaster.
Honoring Cesar Chavez’s Birthday by Supporting the Farm Workers for Whom He Gave His Life
by Arturo Rodriguez
The United Farm Workers carries on Cesar’s legacy every day by aggressively helping farm workers organize, negotiate union contracts and win new legal protections.
Menendez Downfall Could Be Diplomacy’s Windfall
by Medea Benjamin & Katie Powers
Menendez plays loose with issues of war and peace.
Indiana Just Sentenced a Woman Convicted of Feticide to 20 Years in Prison
by Michelle Goldberg
Indiana’s law allowing discrimination against gay people is not the only reason that the state deserves our opprobrium. It’s also about to become the first state to imprison a woman for what it says is the death of a baby born after an attempted abortion.
When Being Pro-Palestinian and Pro-Israeli Is the Same Thing
by Robert Shetterly
On why I painted physician, author, and peace activist Alice Rothchild.
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A short update on the upcoming lunar eclipse

Thank you Aisha!

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For now, much has been set into motion that will take more than a few of you by surprise, as the incoming crescendo of light that will accompany the darkening of the moon will be such, it will literally blow the lid off the deepest of reservoirs within. And when this treasure trove opens, much will be put into action in ways that will be apt to take more than a few of you by storm. For as the moon darkens, you will all begin to light up in a way you have not been able to do before, and as such, this upcoming period will be one of great enlightenment for all. But as usual, with the light also comes strife for those so inclined, as the refusal to accept these emissaries will be met with an increase in pressure that will set alight quite a few incendiary flames…

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