|Ida B. Wells Barnett, 1862-1931|
About a year ago, in response to some ridiculous hyperbole from local demagogues who called the desire (on the part of some council members) to have our mayor held accountable to the people of this city a figurative "lynching" (see here and here), I reproduced the text of Ida B. Wells's "This Awful Slaughter," a part of her ongoing attempt to document the horrific extra-judicial violence that was being waged by lynch mobs against African Americans in the early 20th century.
While reading through her"...dark catalog of this nation's sins" (to borrow Henry Highland Garnet's phrase) in preparation for class this week, I wanted to note that this is the sesquicentennial of Wells's birth, and she should be honored and recognized as an American hero.