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Lynching in America:Confronting the Legacy of Racial Terror

Equal Justice Initiative (2015) Lynching in America:Confronting the Legacy of Racial Terror. Other. UNSPECIFIED.

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    In America, there is a legacy of racial inequality shaped by the enslavement of millions of black people. The era of slavery was followed by decades of terrorism and racial subordination most dramatically evidenced by lynching. The civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s challenged the legality of many of the most racist practices and structures that sustained racial subordination but the movement was not followed by a continued commitment to truth and reconciliation. Consequently, this legacy of racial inequality has persisted, leaving us vulnerable to a range of problems that continue to reveal racial disparities and injustice. EJI believes it is essential that we begin to discuss our history of racial injustice more soberly and to understand the implications of our past in addressing the challenges of the present. Lynching in America is the second in a series of reports that examines the trajectory of American history from slavery to mass incarceration. In 2013, EJI published Slavery in America, which documents the slavery era and its continuing legacy, and erected three public markers in Montgomery, Alabama, to change the visual landscape of a city and state that has romanticized the mid-nineteenth century and ignored the devastation and horror created by racialized slavery and the slave trade.


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    Item Type: Report Document or other Monograph (Other)
    Subjects: Health > Disparities
    Research > studies
    Research > Genetics and Race
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      Depositing User: Ms Danielle Motley
      Date Deposited: 01 Mar 2015 11:51
      Last Modified: 01 Mar 2015 11:51
      Link to this item (URI): http://health-equity.lib.umd.edu/id/eprint/4221

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