Re: Reading assignment

Ida B. Wells’ denouncement of lynching as recorded in “Modern American Women” reminds me of “To Kill a Mockingbird.”  While Harper Lee’s novel takes place over forty years after Wells’ article, it still demonstrates that people are still willing to lynch a black man for a crime which he did not commit.  “The Southern White man says that it is impossible for a voluntary alliance to exist between a white woman and acolored man, and therefore, the fact of an alliance is a proof of force.”  Wells also points out that accusations of rape by black men were virtually nonexistent while aforementioned black man was still a slave.

Wells concluding comment, “Virtue knows no color line…” will be echoed again by Martin Luther King, Jr., when he dreamed of a world where he would be judged by the content of his character, not the color of his skin.

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