Why Am I Not Surprised that Black People Are Being Killed in the United States?
According to a report by the Washington Post, in 2015 police in the United States killed blacks at three times the rate of whites when adjusted for the populations where these shootings occurred. And despite black men representing a mere 6 percent of the U.S. population, they made up nearly 40 percent of those who were killed while unarmed.
Some of these police officers might be the descendants of those savages who hid behind white sheets with holes and lynched or burned black people “down south”.
Or raped black women in the corn fields then killed them because they were too cowardly to admit to their crimes.
Or the blood of the savages who “punished” Mary Turner might be running in their veins?
Mary Turner (December 1899 – 19 May 1918) was a twenty-one year-old black woman, lynched in Lowndes County, Georgia. On the evening of 16 May 1918, 25-year-old white plantation owner Hampton Smith, known to abuse and beat his workers, was shot and killed on the plantation by one of his black workers, 18-year-old Sidney Johnson.
Days before Smith’s killing, Johnson had been severely beaten by Smith for refusing to work while he was sick. Smith’s death was followed by a week-long mob-driven manhunt in which at least 13 people were killed. Among those whom the mob killed was another black man, Hayes Turner, who was seized from custody after his arrest on the morning of 18 May 1918 and lynched.
Distraught, his eight-month pregnant wife Mary denied that her husband had been involved in Smith’s killing, publicly opposed her husband’s murder, and threatened to have members of the mob arrested. The mob then turned against her, determined to “teach her a lesson”.
Although she fled when she learned of the mob’s intent, she was nevertheless captured at noon on 19 May. The mob of several hundred brought her to Folsom Bridge over the Little River, which separates Brooks and Lowndes counties. The mob then tied her ankles, hung her upside down from a tree, doused her in gasoline and motor oil and set her on fire.
While Turner was still alive, a member of the mob split her abdomen open with a knife. Her unborn child fell on the ground, where it gave a cry before it was stomped on and crushed. Finally, Turner’s body was riddled with hundreds of bullets. Mary Turner and her child were cut down and buried near the tree, with a whiskey bottle marking the grave.
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