Ethical Complications of Lynching: Ida B. Wells's by Angela D. Sims

By Angela D. Sims

In an more and more globalized financial system, Sims argues that Ida B. Wells’s struggle opposed to lynching is a attainable choice to handle systemic kinds of oppression. greater than a century when you consider that Wells introduced her anti-lynching crusade, an exam of her paintings questions America’s use of lynching as a device to control habit and the style during which public opinion is formed and lived out within the inner most zone. moral problems of Lynching highlights the residual results of lynching as a twenty-first century ethical obstacle within the struggle to actualize moral probabilities.

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6 In light of this historical reality, Wells’s comments on lynching indicate that we must seek creative ways to act on behalf of victims of violence in a society that often refuses to confront domestic forms of terror in a systematic and consistent manner. Although Wells had a definite reason for writing, her commitment to tell the truth, from a minority perspective, was not without risk. She was not naïve but her dedication to her race, as well as her sense of professionalism, compelled her to examine the facts closely.

3 To address a national sentiment expressed in these remarks, Wells’s work had two distinct purposes. ”4 James Cutler, as I indicated earlier, wrote about this “grisly chapter in American history”5 in the early twentieth century for some of the same reasons as Wells. In the foreword to his 1905 publication Lynch-Law: An Investigation into the History of Lynching in the United States, Cutler, an economics professor at Wellesley College and a visiting professor in political economy at Yale University when he conducted his research on lynch law, listed four specific objectives that he hoped his research would accomplish.

She couched the purpose of her analysis in biblical language. ”3 Wells did not deny the existence of racially based sexual crimes. She did, however, suggest that some of the charges were deceptive allegations to avoid public disclosure of consensual biracial relationships. Thus, of primary importance to Wells, as she noted in Southern Horrors: Lynch Law in All Its Phases, was the ability to: A. Give the world a true, unvarnished account of the causes of lynch law in the South; B. Contribute to truth, an array of facts, the perusal of which it is hoped will stimulate this great American Republic to demand that justice be done though the heavens fall; C.

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