“On the Courthouse Lawn” Takeaways

  • Truth telling is a form of reparations
  • 50 years later, a lynching was still vivid in a community’s mind and stopping them from registering to vote. But to the white community residents, it was unrecognized.
  • the way bill clinton looks back with nostalgia on his home town is not the way others remember the lynching capital of the south
  • we have some much moral debt to pay back in this country
  • racial terrorism was not seen or done by a few. They were publicized spectacles that thousands would take part in
  • South Africa’s Legacy Projects they tried to show the perspectives of the oppressed and to show that there conflicts in recounting history. Commemorating the participation of both sides in the Battle of Blood River exposes that conflicting history and lack of consensus.
  • Afrikaners saw these legacy project monuments as a “take over” and displacing white history
  • “in perhaps a crude foreshadowing of the welfare reform work plans of the 1990s, black women who received free flour from the Red Cross in 1931 were required, in exchange for this small charity, to work as domestics in white homes” wtf
  • 1930 was the most geographically diverse time of lynchings, speculating the economic despair amongst whites being what set the stage