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[[File:Lynching2.jpg|right|thumb|250px|Ur [[morian-amerikan]] linchet ha krouget e 1925.]]
'''Linchañ''', pe '''lynching''' hervez ar saozneg, zo ur c'hastiz graet gant un [[engroez]] tud, [[krougañ]] un den peurvuiañ, evit spontañ an dud all. Aliezik e c'hoarveze kement-se en amzerioù ma klaske an niver brasañ lakaat an niver bihanañ da blegañ da lezennoù pe d'un urzh kevredigezhel direizh.
En un doare strishoc'h e komzer eus lincherezh alies diwar-benn doareoù ar re wenn en USA da gondaoniñ morianed d'ar marv hep prosez, ha dreist-holl adalek an XIXvetkantved goude ar [[Brezel-diabarzh]].
Violence in the United States against African Americans, especially in [[Southern United States|the South]], rose in the aftermath of the [[American Civil War]], after slavery had been abolished and recently freed black men were given the right to vote. Violence rose even more at the end of the century, after southern white Democrats regained political power in the South in the 1870s. States passed new constitutions or legislation which effectively [[disenfranchised]] most blacks and many poor whites, established [[racial segregation|segregation]] of public facilities by race, and separated blacks from common public life and facilities.
Nearly 5,000 African Americans were lynched in the United States between 1860 and 1890.<ref>''On the Courthouse Lawn: Confronting the Legacy of Lynching in the Twenty-first Century'' by Sherrilyn A. Ifill (Beacon Press, 2007) ISBN 978-0807009871</ref> In her recent book, Sherrilyn A. Ifill, professor at the [[University of Maryland School of Law]], investigates how average white citizens were implicated in the lynchings. Some participated in the violence, while many others witnessed the lynchings but did nothing to stop the mobs. Her research explores how the history of complicity has become embedded in the social and cultural fabric of local communities that either supported, condoned, or ignored the violence.
Lynching during the late 19th century in the United States, Great Britain and colonies, coincided with a period of violence which denied people participation in white-dominated society on the basis of race or gender after the [[Emancipation Act]] of 1833.<ref>Thomas E. Smith, "The Discourse of Violence: Transatlantic Narratives of Lynching during High Imperialism", ''Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History'' - Volume 8, Number 2, Fall 2007 []</ref>
Although in the 20th century, some members of the US Congress tried to pass anti-lynching legislation, the [[Solid South]] voting block of Democrats defeated or filibustered every bill.
Today lynching is a [[felony]] in all states of the United States, defined by some codes of law as "Any act of violence inflicted by a mob upon the body of another person which results in the death of the person," with a '[[crowd|mob]]' being defined as "the assemblage of two or more persons, without color or authority of law, for the premeditated purpose and with the premeditated intent of committing an act of violence upon the person of another." Lynching in the second degree is defined as "Any act of violence inflicted by a mob upon the body of another person and from which death does not result."<ref>[ S.C. Code of Laws Title 16 Chapter 3 Offenses Against the Person]</ref> To sustain a conviction for lynching at least some evidence of premeditation must be produced, but "The common intent to do violence" may be formed before or during the assemblage."<ref>''State v. Barksdale'', 311 S.C. 210, 214, 428 S.E.2d 498, 500 (Ct. App. 1993)</ref>
== Etymology ==
In the United States, the origin of term "lynching" or "lynch law" is traditionally attributed to a Virginia Quaker named Charles Lynch.<ref name="Cutler, James E. 1905">Cutler, James E., Lynch Law (New York, 1905)</ref>
* [[Charles Lynch (jurist)|Charles Lynch]] (1736–1796), a Virginia planter and American Revolutionary who headed a county court in Virginia which punished Loyalist supporters of the British.<ref>[ University of Chicago, Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913 + 1828)]</ref>
The following are several improbable suggested sources of the word's origin:
* [[William Lynch (Lynch law)|William Lynch]] (1742–1820) from Virginia claimed that the phrase was first used for a 1780 compact signed by him and his neighbors in Pittsylvania County.
* James Lynch Fitzstephen from [[Galway]], Ireland, who was the [[Mayor of Galway]] when he hanged his own son from the balcony of his house after convicting him of the murder of a Spanish visitor in 1493.<ref>[]</ref><ref>[]</ref>
* [[slow slicing|Lingchi]], a Chinese form of execution used from roughly AD 900 to 1905.<ref></ref>
* Archaic verb linch; to beat severely with a pliable instrument, to chastise or to maltreat.<ref name="Cutler, James E. 1905"/>
There is little actual doubt as to where the term originates. During the Revolutionary War, Judge Charles Lynch imprisoned activists who were loyal to the British and who threatened the colonists' military situation.
{{quote|In passing these sentences, comparatively mild though they were, the county court was transcending its powers; the General Court alone had jurisdiction in cases of treason. After the war, therefore, the Tories that had suffered at his hands threatened to prosecute Colonel Lynch and his friends, and the affair attracted wide attention. To avoid the trouble of a lawsuit, Lynch had the matter brought up before the legislature, of which he was still a member; and after a long and thorough debate, that aroused the interest of the whole country, the following act was passed : "Whereas divers evil-disposed persons in the year 1780 formed a conspiracy and did actually attempt to levy war against the commonwealth, and it is represented to the present General Assembly ... that Charles Lynch and other faithful citizens, aided by detachments of volunteers from different parts of the state, did by timely and effectual measures suppress such conspiracy, and whereas the measures taken for that purpose may not be strictly warranted by law although justifiable from the imminence of the danger, Be it therefore enacted that the said Charles Lynch and all other persons whatsoever concerned in suppressing the said conspiracy, or in advising, issueing, or exacting any orders or measures taken for that purpose, stand indemnified and exonerated of and from all pains, penalties, prosecutions, actions, suits, and damages on account thereof, And that if any indictment, prosecution, action or suit shall be laid or brought against them or any of them for any act or thing done therein, the defendant or defendants may plead in bar and give this act in evidence." The proceedings in Bedford which the legislature thus pronounced to be illegal, but justifiable, were imitated in other parts of the state, and came to be known by the name of "Lynch's Law." In justice to Colonel Lynch, it should be remembered that his action was taken at a time when the state was in the throes of a hostile invasion. The General Court, before which the conspirators should have been tried, was temporarily dispersed. Thomas Jefferson, then the governor of the state, was proving himself peculiarly incompetent to fill the position. The whole executive department was in a state of partial paralysis. It was, therefore, no spirit of insubordination or disregard of the law that induced Lynch to act as he did. There were few men living more inclined than this simple Quaker farmer to render due respect in word and deed to the established authorities. But the seed that had been sown sprung up and bore evil fruit... In 1796 he died, at the age of sixty, and was buried at his home on the banks of the Staunton, in a country which he had found a primeval wilderness... and which he left a prosperous, peaceful, and law-abiding community.|Thomas Walker Page|source=[;cc=atla;q1=lynch;rgn=full%20text;idno=atla0088-6;didno=atla0088-6;view=image;seq=0743 "The Real Judge Lynch" (December 1901) ''The Atlantic Monthly'']}}
No person named "Lynch" has any recorded historical connection with the extrajudicial mob execution or murder of African-Americans.
== United States ==
{{Main|Lynching in the United States}}
[[Image:Lynching-of-woman-1911.jpg|left|thumb|The lynching of [[Laura Nelson]] in [[Okemah]], [[Oklahoma]] in 1911; she had tried to protect her son, who was lynched together with her.<ref>"[ Shaped by Site: Three Communities' Dialogues on the Legacies of Lynching]." ''[[National Park Service]]''. Accessed October 29, 2008.</ref>]]
Lynching, as a form of punishment for presumed criminal offenses, performed by self-appointed commissions, [[Ochlocracy|mobs]], or [[vigilantes]] without [[due process]] of law took place in the United States before the [[American Civil War]] and afterwards, from southern states to western frontier settlements. The term "Lynch's Law" (and subsequently "lynch law" and "lynching") apparently originated during the [[American Revolution]] when [[Charles Lynch (jurist)|Charles Lynch]], a [[Virginia]] [[justice of the peace]], ordered extralegal punishment for [[Loyalist (American Revolution)|Tory]] acts. In [[Southern United States|the South]], members of the [[abolitionist movement]] or other people opposing [[slavery]] were usually targets of lynch mob violence before the Civil War. During the war, Southern [[Confederate Home Guard|Home Guard]] units sometimes lynched white Southerners whom they suspected of being Unionists or deserters; one example of this was the hanging of Methodist minister [[Bill Sketoe]] in the south Alabama town of [[Newton, Alabama|Newton]] in December 1864.
After the war, southern whites struggled to maintain social dominance. Secret vigilante and insurgent groups such as the [[Ku Klux Klan]] (KKK) instigated extrajudicial assaults and killings to keep power and to discourage [[freedmen]] from voting, working and getting educated. They also sometimes attacked Northerners, teachers, and agents of the [[Freedmen's Bureau]]. A study of the period of 1868 to 1871 estimates that the Ku Klux Klan was involved in more than 400 lynchings. The aftermath of the war was a period of upheaval and social turmoil, in which most of the white men had been war veterans. Mobs usually had alleged crimes for which they lynched blacks. In the late 19th century, however, journalist [[Ida B. Wells]] showed that many presumed crimes were exaggerated or did not occur.<ref>{{cite web|title=Lynching|url=|work=|archiveurl=|archivedate=2009-11-01|deadurl=yes}}</ref>
Not all lynchings in the United States were targeted against African Americans and committed by the Ku Klux Klan. Between 1882 and 1968, the Tuskegee Institute recorded 1,293 lynchings of whites. In this category were minority members such as Chinese and Mexican, who were sometimes the targets of lynchings by European-American whites in [[Western world|the West]].{{Citation needed|date=November 2009}} In 1868, ten members of the [[Reno Gang]], all white and between 20 and 30 years of age, were lynched on three separate occasions by vigilante mobs in Southern Indiana.{{Citation needed|date=November 2009}} There was no formal investigation and no charges were ever filed against anyone.
Mob violence arose as a means of enforcing [[white supremacy]] and verged on systematic political terrorism. "The [[Ku Klux Klan]], [[paramilitary]] groups, and other whites united by frustration and anger ruthlessly defended the interests of white supremacy. The magnitude of extralegal violence during election campaigns reached epidemic proportions, leading the historian [[William Gillette]] to label it [[guerrilla warfare]]."<ref name="New South 1993">''Lynching in the New South: Georgia and Virginia, 1880-1930'' by W. Fitzhugh Brundage (University of Illinois Press: 1993) ISBN 978-0252063459</ref><ref name="Barry A. Crouch 1868">Barry A. Crouch, "A Spirit of Lawlessness: White violence, Texas Blacks, 1865-1868," ''Journal of Social History'' 18 (Winter 1984): 217–26</ref><ref>Eric Foner, ''Reconstruction: America's Unfinished Revolution, 1863-1877. 119–23;</ref><ref name="J.C.A. Stagg 1871">J.C.A. Stagg, "The Problem of Klan Violence: The South Carolina Upcountry, 1868-1871," ''Journal of American Studies'' 8 (Dec. 1974): 303–18</ref><ref name="ReferenceA">Allen W. Trelease, ''White Terror: The Ku Klux Klan Conspiracy and Southern Reconstruction'' Harper & Row, 1979</ref>
During [[Reconstruction era of the United States|Reconstruction]], the Ku Klux Klan and others used lynching as a means to control [[African Americans]], forcing them to work for planters and preventing them from exercising their right to vote.<ref name="New South 1993"/><ref name="Barry A. Crouch 1868"/><ref name="J.C.A. Stagg 1871"/><ref name="ReferenceA"/><ref>Eric Foner, ''Reconstruction: America's Unfinished Revolution, 1863-1877. 119–23</ref> White [[Republican Party (United States)|Republicans]] were often victims of lynching as well in the post-war period.{{Citation needed|date=December 2009}} Federal troops and courts enforcing the [[Civil Rights Act of 1871]] largely broke up the Reconstruction-era Klan.
By the end of Reconstruction in 1877, with fraud, intimidation and violence at the polls, white Democrats regained nearly total control of the state legislatures across the South. They passed laws to make voter registration more complicated, reducing black voters on the rolls. In the late 19th century, from 1890 to 1908, ten of eleven Southern legislatures ratified new constitutions and amendments to effectively [[disfranchise]] most African Americans and many poor whites through devices such as [[poll taxes]], property and residency requirements, and [[literacy tests]]. Although required of all voters, some provisions were selectively applied against African Americans. In addition, many states passed [[grandfather clauses]] to exempt white illiterates from literacy tests for a limited period. The result was that black voters were stripped from registration rolls and without political recourse. Since they could not vote, they could not serve on juries. They were without official political voice.
The ideology behind lynching, directly connected with denial of political and social equality, was stated forthrightly by [[Benjamin Tillman]], [[governor of South Carolina]] and later a [[United States Senate|United States Senator]]:
{{quote|We of the South have never recognized the right of the negro to govern white men, and we never will. We have never believed him to be the equal of the white man, and we will not submit to his gratifying his lust on our wives and daughters without lynching him.|<ref name="herbert">{{cite news |first=Bob |last=Herbert |authorlink=Bob Herbert |title=The Blight That Is Still With Us |url= |publisher=''[[The New York Times]]'' |date=2008-01-22 |accessdate=2008-01-22}}</ref>}}
[[Image:Duluth Lynchings Memorial.jpg|thumb|200px|left|This memorial to the 1920 [[Duluth lynchings]] was described by its artist as attempting to "reinvest [the victims] with their unique personalities", to counteract the way the lynchings "depersonalized" them.]] Lynchings declined briefly after the takeover in the 1870s. By the end of the 19th century, with struggles over labor and disfranchisement, and continuing agricultural depression, lynchings rose again. The number of lynchings peaked at the end of the 19th century, but these kinds of murders continued into the 20th century. [[Tuskegee Institute]] records of lynchings between the years 1880 and 1951 show 3,437 African-American victims, as well as 1,293 white victims. Lynchings were concentrated in the [[Cotton Belt (region)|Cotton Belt]]: ([[Mississippi]], [[Georgia (U.S. state)|Georgia]], [[Alabama]], [[Texas]] and [[Louisiana]]).<ref>Dahleen Glanton, "Controversial exhibit on lynching opens in Atlanta" May 5, 2002, ''Chicago Tribune''. [ Reproduced online]</ref>
African Americans resisted through protests, marches, lobbying Congress, writing of articles, rebuttals of so-called justifications of lynching, organizing women's groups against lynching, and organizing integrated groups against lynching. African-American playwrights produced 14 anti-lynching plays between 1916 and 1935, ten of them by women.
After the 1915 release of the movie ''[[The Birth of a Nation]],'' which glorified lynching and the Reconstruction-era Klan, the Klan re-formed. Unlike in its earlier form, it was heavily represented among urban populations, especially in the Midwest. In response to massive immigration of people from southern and eastern Europe, the Klan had an anti-immigrant, anti-[[Catholic]] and anti-Jewish stance, in addition to exercising oppression of blacks.
Members of mobs that participated in lynchings often took photographs of what they had done to spread awareness and fear of their power. Some of those photographs were published and sold as postcards. In the early 21st century, [[James Allen]] published his collection of lynching photos in book form and online,<ref>[ Musarium: ''Without Sanctuary: Lynching Photography in America''], accessed 6 November 2006</ref> with written words and video to accompany the images.
==Dyer Bill==
The [[Dyer Anti-Lynching Bill]] was first introduced to [[United States Congress]] in 1918 by [[Republican Party (United States)|Republican]] Congressman [[Leonidas C. Dyer]] of [[Missouri]]. The bill was passed by the [[United States House of Representatives]] in 1922 and in the same year given a favorable report by the [[United States Senate]] Committee. Passage was blocked by white Democratic senators from the [[Solid South]], the only representatives elected since southern states [[Disfranchisement after Reconstruction era (United States)|disfranchised]] [[African Americans]] at the turn of the century.<ref>[ Richard H. Pildes, "Democracy, Anti-Democracy, and the Canon", ''Constitutional Commentary'', Vol.17, 2000], accessed 10 March 2008</ref> The Dyer Bill influenced later anti-lynching legislation, including the [[Costigan-Wagner Bill]].<ref>Zangrando, NAACP Crusade, pp. 43-44, 54</ref>
The Dyer Anti-Lynching Bill as it appeared in 1922 stated: "To assure to persons within the jurisdiction of every State the equal protection of the laws, and to punish the crime of lynching.... Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the phrase 'mob or riotous assemblage,' when used in this act, shall mean an assemblage composed of three or more persons acting in concert for the purpose of depriving any person of his life without authority of law as a punishment for or to prevent the commission of some actual or supposed public offense."<ref>[ Anti-Lynching Bill]</ref>
=== Thomas Shipp and Abram Smith ===
[[Image:ThomasShippAbramSmith.jpg|thumb|right|Thomas Shipp and Abram Smith, lynched in [[Marion, Indiana|Marion]], [[Indiana]] on August 7, 1930]]
[[Thomas Shipp and Abram Smith]], both African-Americans, were lynched on August 7, 1930 in [[Marion, Indiana]]. They had been arrested the night before on charges of robbing and murdering a white factory worker and raping his girlfriend. A large crowd broke into the jail with sledgehammers, beat the men, and hanged them. Police officers in the crowd cooperated in the lynching. A third person, 16-year-old [[James Cameron (activist)|James Cameron]], escaped lynching due to the intervention of an unidentified member of the crowd who announced that he had nothing to do with the rape or murder.<ref>The primary source for these events is ''A Time of Terror'', which is an eyewitness account. Relevant passages are quoted in several of the external links, including [ photo notes from ''Without Sanctuary''] and [ ''Legends of America'']. Other accounts are in ''Lynching in the Heartland'', listed in the Further reading section, above.</ref> A studio photographer, [[Lawrence Beitler]], took a photograph of the dead bodies hanging from a tree surrounded by a large crowd; thousands of copies of the photograph were sold. The event is notable as the last confirmed lynching of blacks in the [[Northern United States]].<ref>"[[Lawrence Beitler]], a studio photographer, took this photo. For ten days and nights he printed thousands of copies, which sold for fifty cents apiece." from ''A Time of Terror'', quoted in ''Legends of America'', see previous note. See also ''Lynching in the Heartland'', chapter 6 which discusses the photograph in detail.</ref><ref>According to the account in ''A Time of Terror''. This is disputed by Madison, in ''Lynching in the Heartland'' (on pp 41-42), but supported by the notes to photo 32 in ''Without Sanctuary''. Madison's position is also disputed by the Monroe H. Little review of the Madison book. Cynthia Carr, author of [ Our Town: A Heartland Lynching, a Haunted Town, and the Hidden History of White America] discovered advertisements for local klan gatherings in Marion newspapers from 1930 during her research for the book, and interviewed subjects that believed the klan was still active at the time of the lynching.</ref>
===America's Black Holocaust Museum===
{{Main|America's Black Holocaust Museum}}
The museum's founding date is given in the AP interview/article by Sharon Cohen, which appeared in the ''Standard-Times'' on February 17, 2003, and is quoted in the IDS interview, see above. Cameron's position as Founder and Director is also mentioned in the Little review cited earlier and in other sources.
==="Strange Fruit"===
In 1937 [[Abel Meeropol]], a [[Jew]]ish schoolteacher from [[New York]], saw a copy of the photograph of the Marion lynching. Meeropol later said that the photograph "haunted me for days" and inspired his writing the poem "[[Strange Fruit]]". It was published in the ''New York Teacher'' and later in the magazine ''[[New Masses]]'', in both cases under the pseudonym Lewis Allan.<ref>Holiday's autobiography credits her with co-authoring the song, but [ this PBS site] credits the music as well as the words to Meeropol.</ref> This poem became the lyrics for the song of the same name, also written by Meeropol, performed and popularized by [[Billie Holiday]].<ref>According to the [ spartacus.schoolnet article] and [ this PBS site].</ref> The song reached 16th place on the charts in July 1939.
The frequency of lynching dropped in the 1930s. Lynch law declined sharply by the 1950s. However, in the South, lynchings rose in the 1960s as resistance against civil rights activism. Most but not all lynchings ceased during the 1960s.
===Civil rights law===
The Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution guarantees persons the right against unreasonable searches or seizures. Under the "[[color of law]]", a law enforcement official—under certain circumstances—is allowed to stop people and search them and retain their property if necessary. Abuse of this discretionary power is a violation of a person's [[civil rights]]. Unlawful detention or illegal confiscation of property are examples of such abuse. In deprivation of property, the color of law statute is violated by unlawfully obtaining or maintaining the property of another person. Fabricating evidence or conducting false arrest is a violation of a person's rights of unreasonable seizure and due process. The [[Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution|Fourteenth Amendment]] of the [[U.S. Constitution]] secures the right to due process. The [[Eighth Amendment to the United States Constitution|Eighth Amendment]] prohibits the use of cruel and unusual punishment. These rights prohibit the use of force in an arrest or detention context which would amount to punishment or summary judgment and provide that a person accused of a crime is not subject to punishment without legal process and a trial.<ref>[ Color of Law]</ref>
Title 18, U.S.C., Section 241 is the civil rights conspiracy statute which makes it unlawful for two or more persons to conspire to injure, oppress, threaten, or intimidate any person of any state, territory or district in the free exercise or enjoyment of any right or privilege secured to him/her by the Constitution or the laws of the United States, (or because of his/her having exercised the same) and further makes it unlawful for two or more persons to go in disguise on the highway or premises of another person with intent to prevent or hinder his or her free exercise or enjoyment of such rights. Depending upon the circumstances of the crime, and any resulting injury, the offense is punishable by a range of fines and/or imprisonment for any term of years up to life, or the death penalty.<ref>[ Title 18, U.S.C., Section 241 - Conspiracy Against Rights]</ref>
== Europe ==
In Europe early examples of a similar phenomenon are found in the proceedings of the [[League of the Holy Court|Vehmgerichte]] in medieval Germany, and of [[Lydford law]], [[gibbet law]] or [[Halifax law]] in England and [[Cowper justice]] and [[Jeddart justice]] in Scotland.{{Citation needed|date=May 2009}} In [[Imperial Russia]], anti-Jewish lynchings, called [[Pogrom]]s, occurred in XIX-early XX centuries.
Lynching existed in the turbulent society of the 17th Century Netherlands, the most notorious case being on August 20, 1672, when a lynch mob in [[The Hague]] killed and mutilated [[Johan de Witt]] – the [[Grand Pensionary]], roughly similar to a modern [[Prime Minister]] – and his brother [[Cornelis de Witt]].{{Citation needed|date=May 2009}}
In 1944, [[Wolfgang Rosterg]], a German [[prisoner of war]] known to be unsympathetic to the [[Nazism|Nazi]] regime, was lynched by Nazis in POW Camp 21 in [[Comrie]], Scotland. After the end of the [[World War II|war]] five of the perpetrators were [[hanging|hanged]] at [[Pentonville (HM Prison)|Pentonville]] Prison – the largest multiple execution in 20th century Britain.<ref>[]</ref>
There are also some personal accounts of lynching in [[Budapest]], Hungary, during the [[1956 Hungarian Revolution]] against the occupying [[Soviets]] as well as in [[Poznan]], Poland, during the [[Poznań 1956 protests|1956 worker riots]], against secret police.
== Mexico ==
On November 23, 2004, in the [[Tlahuac lynching]],<ref>Niels A. Uildriks (2009). [ Policing Insecurity: Police Reform, Security, and Human Rights in Latin America]. ''Rowman & Littlefield''. p.201.</ref> three Mexican undercover federal agents doing a narcotics investigation were lynched in the town of [[Tláhuac|San Juan Ixtayopan]] (Mexico City) by an angry crowd who saw them taking photographs and suspected they were trying to abduct children from a primary school. The agents identified themselves immediately but were held and beaten for several hours before two of them were killed and set on fire. The incident was covered by the media almost from the beginning, including their pleas for help and their murder.
By the time police rescue units arrived, two of the agents were reduced to charred corpses and the third was seriously injured. Authorities suspect the lynching was provoked by the persons being investigated.
Both local and federal authorities abandoned them to their fate, saying the town was too far away to even try to arrive in time and some officials stating they would provoke a massacre if they tried to rescue them from the mob.
==Dominican Republic==
According to an [[Amnesty International]] report, lynchings of Haitians and Dominicans accused of various crimes, ranging from theft to murder, have continued to occur as late as 2006.<ref>[ Amnesty International | Working to Protect Human Rights<!-- Bot generated title -->]</ref>
After the [[2010 Haiti earthquake|2010 earthquake]] slow distribution of relief supplies and the large number of affected people created concerns of civil unrest, marked by [[looting]] and [[mob justice]] against suspected looters.<ref>[ "Haiti street justice: The worst in people - 'We are at a moment of disaster,' man says after mob beats suspected looter"]</ref><ref>[ "Looting Flares Where Authority Breaks Down"]</ref><ref>[ "Anarchy looms on streets of Port-au-Prince - 3m survivors could run riot in Haiti unless aid gets in, UN warns"]</ref><ref>[ "Looters roam Port-au-Prince as earthquake death toll estimate climbs - Hunger and thirst turn to violence in Haiti as planes unable to offload aid supplies fast enough"]</ref><ref>{{cite news|url=|title=Haiti earthquake: UN says worst disaster ever dealt with|last=Sherwell |first=Philip |coauthors= and Colin Freeman|date=16 January 2010|publisher=Telegraph Co. uk|accessdate=17 January 2010}}</ref>
== South Africa ==
The practice of whipping and [[necklacing]] offenders and political opponents evolved in the 1980s during the [[apartheid]] era in South Africa. Residents of black townships formed "people's courts" to terrorize fellow blacks who were seen as collaborators of the government using whip lashings and deaths by necklacing. Necklacing is the [[torture]] and execution of victims by igniting a kerosene-filled rubber tire that has been forced around the victim's chest and arms. Necklacing was used to punish victims, including children,{{Citation needed|date=October 2009}} who were alleged to be traitors to the black liberation movement and relatives and associates of the offenders. Sometimes the "people's courts" made mistakes, or used the system to punish those to whom leaders were opposed.<ref>[ 4. Background: The Black Struggle For Political Power: Major Forces in the Conflict], in [ The Killings in South Africa: The Role of the Security Forces and the Response of the State], Human Rights Watch, January 8, 1991. ISBN 0-929692-76-4. Accessed 6 November 2006.</ref> There was tremendous controversy when the practice was endorsed by [[Winnie Mandela]], then the wife of the imprisoned [[Nelson Mandela]] and a senior member of the [[African National Congress]].<ref>[,,110268,00.html Row over 'mother of the nation' Winnie Mandela], ''The Guardian'', January 27, 1989</ref>
More recently, [[drug dealer]]s and other gang members have been lynched by [[People Against Gangsterism and Drugs]], a [[Muslim]] vigilante organization.
== India ==
{{Main|Caste-related violence in India}}
In India, lynchings generally reflect tensions between numerous ethnic groups and [[caste]]s in the country. Typically, lynchings involve upper-caste members attacking lower caste members. However, recent examples include the [[Kherlanji massacre]], where low castes were lynched by other low castes. India has a large scale [[Reservation in India|affirmative action programme]] for the emancipation of the lower castes. Sociologists and social scientists reject the identification of caste with racial discrimination and attribute it to intra-racial ethno-cultural conflict.<ref>
*[[Andre Béteille]], "treating caste as a form of racism is politically mischievous and worse, scientifically nonsense since there is no discernible difference in the racial characteristics between [[Brahmins]] and [[Scheduled Castes]], [ Race and caste] by [[Andre Beteille]]
*The perception of the caste system as a static and textual stratification has given way to the perception of the caste system as a more processual, empirical and contextual stratification.{{cite journal
|author=James Silverberg
| year = 1969
|month = November
|title=Social Mobility in the Caste System in India: An Interdisciplinary Symposium
|journal = The American Journal of Sociology
|volume = 75
|issue = 3
|pages = 443–444
|doi = 10.1525/as.1961.1.10.01p15082
*[[Pakistan]]i-American sociologist [[Ayesha Jalal]] ; "As for [[Hinduism]], the hierarchical principles of the Brahmanical social order have always been contested from within Hindu society, suggesting that equality has been and continues to be both valued and practiced.", A. Jalal,Democracy and Authoritarianism in [[South Asia]]: A Comparative and Historical Perspective (Contemporary South Asia), Cambridge University Press (May 26, 1995), ISBN 0521478626</ref>
== Israel, West Bank and Gaza Strip ==
Palestinian lynch mobs have murdered Palestinians suspected of collaborating with Israel.<ref>Yizhar Be'er, Dr. Saleh 'Abdel-Jawad, [ Collaborators in the Occupied Territories: Human Rights Abuses and Violations] ([[Microsoft Word]] document), B’Tselem – The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories, January 1994. Accessed 14 September 2009. Also [ available] as an [[RTF]] document, archived 15 July 2004 on the [[Internet Archive]].</ref><ref>Justin Huggler and Sa'id Ghazali, "Palestinian collaborators executed", ''The Independent'', 24 October 2003, [ reproduced] on Accessed 14 September 2009.</ref><ref>Suzanne Goldenberg [,2763,667591,00.html 'Spies' lynched as Zinni flies in], ''The Guardian'', March 15, 2002. Accessed 14 September 2009.</ref> According to a [[Human Rights Watch]] report from [[2001]]:
{{quote|During the [[First Intifada]], before the PA was established, hundreds of alleged collaborators were lynched, tortured or killed, at times with the implied support of the PLO. Street killings of alleged collaborators continue in the current Intifada (see below) but so far in much fewer numbers.|<ref>[ VI. Balancing Security and Human Rights During the Intifada] in [ Justice Undermined: Balancing Security and Human Rights in the Palestinian Justice System], Human Rights Watch Reports, November 2001, Vol. 13, No. 4 (E).</ref>}}
Israelis have been lynched as well. In the [[2000 Ramallah lynching]], a Palestinian mob beat to death two Israeli reservists who had entered the city.<ref>[$FILE/ch3.pdf Chapter 3: Killings By Palestinians] in ''[ Broken Lives — A year of ''intifada'']'', Amnesty International, AI Index: MDE 15/083/2001, 13 November 2001. Accessed 14 September 2009.</ref><ref>Martin Asser, [ Lynch mob's brutal attack], BBC News, 13 October 2000. Accessed 14 September 2009.</ref>
==See also==
*[[Extrajudicial punishment]]
*[[Hate crime]]
*[[Posse comitatus (common law)|Posse]]
*[[Summary justice]]
== Sources and external links ==
{{Commons category|Lynchings}}
*[ "The Real Judge Lynch" (December 1901) ''The Atlantic Monthly'']
* Quinones, Sam, [ ''True Tales From Another Mexico: the Lynch Mob, the Popsicle Kings, Chalino and the Bronx''] (Univ. of New Mexico Press): recounts a lynching in a small Mexican town in 1998.
* [ ''Without Sanctuary: Lynching Photography in America'' by James Allen, Hilton Als, United States Rep. [[John Lewis (American politician)|John Lewis]] and historian [[Leon F. Litwack]]. (Twin Palm Publishers: 2000) ISBN 9780944092699. Republication of many of the photographs on Wikipedia would violate copyright.]
* [ Etymology OnLine]
* {{1911}}
* {{Catholic}} passim
* [ Gonzales-Day, Ken, ''Lynching in the West: 1850-1935''. Duke University Press, 2006.]
* [ Markovitz, Jonathan, ''Legacies of Lynching: Racial Violence and Memory''. University of Minnesota Press, 2004.]
* [ ''Before the Needles, Executions (and Lynchings) in America Before Lethal Injection'', Details of thousands of lynchings]
* [ Houghton Mifflin: The Reader's Companion to American History - Lynching]
* [ Origin of the word Lynch]
* [ Lynchings in the State of Iowa]
* [ Lynchings in America]
* [ Lyrics to "Strange Fruit"] a [[protest song]] about lynching, written by [[Abel Meeropol]] and recorded by [[Billie Holiday]]
* [ The Lynching of Big Steve Long]
*Ida B. Wells, [ Lynch Law], 1893
*NAACP, Thirty Years of Lynching in the United States, 1889-1918. New York City: Arno Press, 1919
* Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture entry: [ Lynching in Arkansas]
* Smith, Tom. The Crescent City Lynchings: The Murder of Chief Hennessy, the New Orleans "Mafia" Trials, and the Parish Prison Mob []
== Notes and references ==
==Books and articles==
* Allen, James (editor), Hilton Als, John Lewis, and Leon F. Litwack. ''Without Sanctuary: Lynching Photography in America'' (Twin Palms Pub: 2000) ISBN 0-944092-69-1 accompanied by an [ online photographic survey of the history of lynchings in the United States]
* Bancroft, H. H., ''Popular Tribunals'' (2 vols., San Francisco, 1887)
* Bernstein, Patricia, ''The First Waco Horror: The Lynching of Jesse Washington and the Rise of the NAACP'', Texas A&M University Press (March, 2005), hardcover, ISBN 1-58544-416-2
* Brundage, W. Fitzhugh, ''Lynching in the New South: Georgia and Virginia, 1880-1930'', Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois Press, (1993), ISBN 0-252-06345-7
* Barry A. Crouch, "A Spirit of Lawlessness: White violence, Texas Blacks, 1865-1868," Journal of Social History 18 (Winter 1984): 217–26
* Cutler, James E., ''Lynch Law'' (New York, 1905)
* Dray, Philip, ''[[At the Hands of Persons Unknown: The Lynching of Black America]],'' New York: Random House (2002). Hardcover ISBN 0-375-50324-2, softcover ISBN 0-375-75445-8
* [[Eric Foner]], ''Reconstruction: America's Unfinished Revolution, 1863-1877. 119–23.
* Finley, Keith M. ''Delaying the Dream: Southern Senators and the Fight Against Civil Rights, 1938-1965'' (Baton Rouge, LSU Press, 2008).
* Ginzburg, Ralph ''100 Years Of Lynchings'', Black Classic Press (1962, 1988) softcover, ISBN 0-933121-18-0
* Ifill, Sherrilyn A., ''On the Courthouse Lawn: Confronting the Legacy of Lynching in the Twenty-first Century'' Beacon Press (2007) ISBN 978-0807009871 Law professor at University of Maryland reports on the lynchings of George Armwood and Matthew Williams in coastal Maryland in the 1930s; investigates how the lynchings implicated average white citizens, some of whom actively participated in the violence, while many others witnessed the lynchings but did nothing to stop them; provides concrete ideas to help communities heal.
* Nevels, Cynthia Skove, ''Lynching to Belong: claiming Whiteness though racial violence'', Texas A&M Press, 2007, ISBN 978-1-58544-589-9
* Stagg, J.C.A. "The Problem of Klan Violence: The South Carolina Upcountry, 1868-1871," Journal of American Studies 8 (December 1974): 303–18
* Tolnay, Stewart E. and E.M. Beck, ''A Festival of Violence: An Analysis of Southern Lynchings, 1882-1930'', Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois Press, (1995), ISBN 0-252-06413-5
* Trelease, Allen W., ''White Terror: The Ku Klux Klan Conspiracy and Southern Reconstruction'' Harper & Row, 1979
* [[Ida B. Wells|Wells-Barnett, Ida B.]], 1900 ''Mob Rule in New Orleans Robert Charles and His Fight to Death, the Story of His Life, Burning Human Beings Alive, Other Lynching Statistics'' [ Gutenberg eBook]
* Wells-Barnett, Ida B., 1895 ''Southern Horrors: Lynch Law in all its Phases'' [ Gutenberg eBook]
* Wood, Joe, ''Ugly Water,'' St. Louis: Lulu (2006). Softcover ISBN 978-1-4116-2218-0
*[[Amy Louise Wood]], [ "They Never Witnessed Such a Melodrama"], ''Southern Spaces'', 27 April 2009.
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