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By Christopher Waldrep

This publication examines African american citizens' thoughts for resisting white racial violence from the Civil battle till the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., in 1968, and on into the Clinton period. Christopher Waldrep's semi-biographical method of the pioneers within the antilynching crusade portrays African american citizens as lively contributors within the attempt to finish racial violence instead of as passive sufferers. A wealthy number of files is helping provide the tale a feeling of immediacy.

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The violence got so out of control, some in San Francisco claimed, that criminals dominated city elections, putting people in office friendly or indifferent to the corruption. In both those years, residents of San Francisco formed vigilance committees and seized control of their city, ousting the existing city government and policing crime with militarylike patrols. The fall of city government in a major American city to a mob, twice in the space of five years, inspired controversy and debate across the entire nation.

Blacks already had plenty of law, the Daily Times concluded, but whites had perverted it to serve their own ends. 24 Chapter Two Blacks did not need more law; they needed justice. Fortune acknowledged that whites deliberately framed their laws to oppress black people but argued that when whites used the forms of law to victimize blacks, denying them impartial justice, it was not true law. He did not think that the biased law whites practiced, laws that sanctioned lynching and mob violence, deserved to be called law.

State laws offered blacks no protection. In the states, the machinery of government gave mobs immunity. All too often, he charged, local law enforcement officers had joined the mobs. Even when they did not actually ride with the Ku Klux Klan or march with the lynch mob themselves, they would not arrest racist killers. A white man charged with killing a black man could count on his grand jury refusing to indict him, the local district attorney refusing to prosecute him, or the jury refusing to convict him.

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