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          Lynching is a premeditated, not legally authorized killing by a group, most often used to characterize informal public executions by a mob, in order to punish or intimidate a group.

          I was in 10th grade when I first heard the name Trayvon Martin, a name that I had never known, and a name that I would not have normally thought twice about, just a name. It is now Eight years later, and Trayvon Martin is not only a name it is not just a name, it’s a feeling, it’s a movement, it’s a moment, its forever. It was my first time feeling completely outraged and let down by our government, it’s the first pro black movement to gain as much attention since the civil rights movement, it’s the first moment I realized what I’ve been hearing all my life, there’s no justice, it’s just us, it’s what America has been sweeping under the rug forever, Lynching. 

          I would say Ahmaud Aubrey and George Floyd’s unfortunate horrific deaths are modern day lynchings but the definition of modern, according to the Cambridge English dictionary is: “relating to people or things from modern times and not from a time in the past”. Lynching is not an issue of the past. Lynching became a federal crime February of 2020, three months ago, is when a black life “mattered” to the United States Congress, after 120 years.

           Civil rights legislation has often been passed at the federal level since individual states did not act. Ahmaud Aubrey’s murderers walked free for two months after shooting him in broad daylight and having their friend record it. It was not until the video went viral gaining attention country wide did the men get punished. According to the senate, 99 percent of lynching perpetrators escaped punishment. Meaning for every 100 black life taken only one was given a piece of justice.

         Lynching has been going on in the United States since the 1800’s this isn’t modern day lynching, this is lynching. We’ve witnessed the lynchings of Trayvon Martin, Alton Sterling, Michael Brown, Freddie Gray, Philando Castile, Terence Crutcher, Tamir Rice, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, we’ve said their names, we’ve marched to spread their awareness but now it’s time we make a change, until 99 percent of lynching perpetrators are punished we are not done, we have just begun.

Ida B. Wells:  The Lynching at the Curve

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