Race and Gender Discrimination

In Wells-Barnett’s investigation of the lynching activities in the South, she was able to gather evidences that lynching was actually just one of the terrorist tactics used by the Whites in order to threaten the African-American, that is, to keep them on where they are and be contented of what the White government offer them. Ida reported that between 1889 and 1918, a total of 2,522 black Americans were lynched. What was sad about the figure was the fact the 50 of the lynched population was women. Lynching came by way of hanging the victims, burning them alive or hacking them to death.

Better are the deaths of animals being killed by people for food. What was so unfair for the Afro-American community was the fact that they were lynched to wrongful accusations and the least, for committing petty offenses. The popular charges for black men at that time were that of raping white women. This writer cannot however find articles and history materials that may suggest such charges may have been at least slightly true. What were found were writing of historians that say that there were no actual sexual charges proven out of the eighty percent of the total cases.

For colored Americans to argue with a white man was good reason enough for him to be hanged in the midst of the crowd of observers. For Afro-Americans to attempt to register to vote was more than enough reason for them to be brought out in the town, be tortured and be burned alive. Further, there were critics that said that whites were never charged on lynching until 1918. Ida Wells-Barnett, although died of kidney disease in 1931, remained a heroine for the Afro-American community. Although she was not able to witness the total eradication of racial discrimination in America, her efforts were not in vain.

All the people behind the anti-lynching campaign, the quest for justice for the colored people and the search for the recognition of their rights to suffrage were successful even if they were not able to witness the freedom the Afro-American people are experiencing right now. The Blacks were proven to have more than good reasons to be given equal opportunity and rights along with the White people. We can see how they excel today in different fields as sports and music giving America the pride of having them in their midst. What the readers must learn of Ida’s life is self-sacrifice in the name of freedom.

Ida set a good example for the whole world how a woman of great heart and love for justice must fight despite the threats in her life. Ida was a heroine who until her death has left the oppressed with the legacy of her passion for equality and justice.


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