Southern Horrors: Lynch Law in All Its Phases HTML version
The greater part of what is contained in these pages was published
in the New York Age June 25, 1892, in explanation of the editorial
which the Memphis whites considered sufficiently infamous to
justify the destruction of my paper, the Free Speech.
Since the appearance of that statement, requests have come from
all parts of the country that "Exiled" (the name under which it then
appeared) be issued in pamphlet form. Some donations were made,
but not enough for that purpose. The noble effort of the ladies of
New York and Brooklyn Oct. 5 have enabled me to comply with
this request and give the world a true, unvarnished account of the
causes of lynch law in the South.
This statement is not a shield for the despoiler of virtue, nor
altogether a defense for the poor blind Afro-American Sampsons
who suffer themselves to be betrayed by white Delilahs. It is a
contribution to truth, an array of facts, the perusal of which it is
hoped will stimulate this great American Republic to demand that
justice be done though the heavens fall.
It is with no pleasure I have dipped my hands in the corruption
here exposed. Somebody must show that the Afro-American race
is more sinned against than sinning, and it seems to have fallen
upon me to do so. The awful death-roll that Judge Lynch is calling
every week is appalling, not only because of the lives it takes, the
rank cruelty and outrage to the victims, but because of the
prejudice it fosters and the stain it places against the good name of
a weak race.
The Afro-American is not a bestial race. If this work can contribute
in any way toward proving this, and at the same time arouse the
conscience of the American people to a demand for justice to every
citizen, and punishment by law for the lawless, I shall feel I have
done my race a service. Other considerations are of minor