This is the story of 40 year old Frazier Baker, a school teacher that was appointed postmaster of Lake City, SC who was lynched. The federal government appointed Blacks in certain areas of the south as postmasters as part of the reconstruction period. Unfortunately, this did not please the local whites. White folks were so outraged; a white mob attacked Frazier and his wife and kids. On February 22, 1898 Frazier and a daughter was killed. His wife Julia and another child was wounded and barely escaped.
A white South Carolina senator made the statement that the fine white people of Lake City refused to receive their mail from a “nigger.” So, those fine white folks at 1am decided to set the post office on fire that also was where Frazier and wife and children called home. Frazier was unsuccessful when he tried to put out the fire and when they opened the door the white mob fired at them. His wife Julia was holding their 2 year old in her arms when the child was shot and killed. He was so furious that he swung the door open and died from a hail of bullets. The rest of the family took flight and hide in bushes until the fire died down and the gun shots stopped.
Julia and the children who escaped went to a neighbor for help. One daughter had been shot in the arm and Julia was wounded by the same bullet that killed her 2 year old daughter. They went untreated for days. The news of this lynching was received with condemnation. Ida B Wells-Barnett argued that this lynching is a federal matter because Frazier was appointed to postmaster by President McKinley. Federal government investigated and tried those involved but the all-white jury deadlocked and a mistrial was declared and the men were never tried again.
The men who were tried for the lynching and murder of the Bakers is listed below:
In 1892, three African-American men—Tom Moss, Calvin McDowell and Will Stewart—set up a grocery store in Memphis. Their new business drew customers away from a white-owned store in the neighborhood, and the white store owner and his supporters clashed with the three men on a few occasions. One night, Moss and the others guarded their store against attack and ended up shooting several of the white vandals. They were arrested and brought to jail, but they didn’t have a chance to defend themselves against the charges—a lynch mob took them from their cells and murdered them.
These brutal killings incensed Wells, leading to her write articles decrying the lynching of her friend and the wrongful deaths of other African Americans. Putting her own life at risk, she spent two months traveling in the South, gathering information on other lynching incidents. One editorial seemed to push some of the city’s whites over the edge. A mob stormed the office of her newspaper, destroying all of her equipment. Fortunately, Wells had been traveling to New York City at the time. She was warned that she would be killed if she ever returned to Memphis.
Staying in the North, Wells wrote an in-depth report on lynching in America for the New York Age, an African-American newspaper run by former slave T. Thomas Fortune. She lectured abroad in 1893, looking to drum up support for her cause among reform-minded whites. Upset by the ban on African-American exhibitors at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition, Wells penned and circulated a pamphlet entitled “The Reason Why the Colored American Is Represented in the World’s Columbian Exposition.” This effort was funded and supported by famed abolitionist and freed slave Frederick Douglass, and lawyer and editor Ferdinand Barnett. Also in 1893, Wells published A Red Record, a personal examination of lynchings in America.
In 1898, Wells brought her anti-lynching campaign to the White House, leading a protest in Washington, D.C., and calling for President William McKinley to make reforms. She married Ferdinand Barnett that same year, and was thereafter known as Ida B. Wells-Barnett. While the couple eventually had four children together, Wells remained committed to her social and political activism.
What can I say!! It feels like we ain’t safe from hate even in church. Yeah, I used ain’t. When do we get a break? Why do white folks hate on Black folks for NO reason? I’m scared yall! Anywhere outside my home I am afraid. Black folks are known to die young because of this very shit. RACISM is alive and well and living in the racist heart of Ryann Roof. Who does this heinous murder of 9 Black people in church at bible study?
Anyone who ever attended a bible study knows that we pray at the beginning for God’s guidance and understanding of his word. When you discuss God there is reverence and holiness in air. I like to know, how can you shoot and kill 9 people because they are Black and you are white after spending an hour in that bible study atmosphere. Shaking my head, that old southern white racist attitude still exist, is still around in a young white man. This very attitude the great migration north. Scary! It brought back the fact that we are not safe in America because we are Black.
This is what its really like to be Black Rachel Dolezal.
Paula Deen has raised her inappropriate, un-political correctness and down-right stupid racist head again! For those who don’t know, Lucille Ball and Ricky Ricardo was a famous married couple who were loved for TV comedy shows.
Paula and her son did Lucy and Ricky Ricardo(Cuban) Halloween 2011 skit where Paula’s son was in brown face as Ricky.
I wanted to forgive you and I was almost there. All I had to do was keep remind myself that I practice a religion that requires that I forgive those who trespass against me. So I forgive you but I won’t forget. But, after this I guess I will never make your smothered pork recipe again.
Here we go again! Whites should not say the ‘N-word’!! NO ifs or buts about it. White people need to accept that not all of you are good decent people. There are those among you who secretly or generationally celebrate their ‘white privilege’ openly by making up derogatory songs, oaths and slogans stating such. Like the University of Oklahoma Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, SAE chant. There will never be a nigger in SAE.
There will never be a nigger in SAE.
You can hang him from a tree, but he can never sign with me
There will never be a nigger in SAE.
Is there a nigger in SAE?
The Wikipedia definition of white privilege: is a term for societal privileges that benefit white people in western countries beyond what is commonly experienced by the non-white people under the same social, political, or economic circumstances. According to McIntosh and Lee, whites in a society considered culturally a part of the Western World enjoy advantages that non-whites do not experience. This leads to the controversy over whether or not White people should be able to enjoy these privileges. The term denotes both obvious and less obvious passive advantages that white persons may not recognize they have, which distinguishes it from overt bias or prejudice. These include cultural affirmations of one’s own worth; presumed greater social status; and freedom to move, buy, work, play, and speak freely. The effects can be seen in professional, educational, and personal contexts. The concept of white privilege also implies the right to assume the universality of one’s own experiences, marking others as different or exceptional while perceiving oneself as normal.
This lets you know that we are not far from the generation of Ku Klux Klan rulers in society, econmics and politics. In 2015, we are surprised that such songs still exist at the college level. One parent apologized for their child’s behavior but I wonder where he learn it was ok to participant in such a chant. Racism starts at home.
Black folks have been a target of white hate since the end of the civil war and slavery. I guess its hard giving up free labor and the ideology that makes Black folks lesser human beings and not entitled to the same rights as whites. Even though we have been free about 150 years we are still being plotted against.
We Black folks are good at sitting back and taking injustice and prejudice quietly. Like the great migration north and west. It was a quiet movement against the caste system established in the Jim Crow south to keep Black folks down and suffering. We did what any other people would do who wants freedom. We left the south. Over the years, we have had to endure various injustices and political plans against us. But now in Ferguson, Mo., Black folks have taken to the streets to protest and riot because of the murder of Mike Brown who was unarmed and shot while his hands were in the air.
Ferguson is a suburb of St Louis, Mo., and St Louis is the headquarters of the Council of Conservative Citizens (CCC). This organization is like the so-called respectable “citizens’ councils” formed in the 1950’s and 1960s to fight integration and maintain the southern way of life. This organization boasts as one of its founders the segregationist Lester Maddox, ex-governor of Georgia. In 1998, the media exposed prominent congressional republicans for their affiliation with this organization. For example, Mississippi Senator Trent Lott, who was Majority Leader, was forced to resign over his affiliation with the CCC. Over the years, the CCC had friends in high places like former senator John Ashcroft of Missouri who fought desegregation of St Louis schools. The CCC openly celebrated when President George W. Bush appointed Ashcroft as U.S. Attorney General with the newsletter headlines “Our Ship Has Come In.” So, can you imagine the decades of the influence of this organization in the state of Missouri. Is this why Ferguson police force of 52 officers and only 3 are Black when the population is two-thirds Black.
Thank God, the Black citizens of Ferguson are not being quiet!!