Cynthia Tucker: Breitbart’s defenders need a dictionary. Sherrod’s relative was lynched
With metro-Atlanta providing an almost daily source of material about the murder of a Black man - I don't recall Ms Tucker ever being so intimately interested in such a violation of our community in which she took time to articulate details of a modern day murder of a Black man, in the process articulating his equal worth.
Instead Ms Tucker is motivated by the value of the person who murdered Bobby Hall, the relative of Mrs Sherrod. She loves battling conservative windmills such as the "American Spectator". To be clear - I am not arguing that these two murders of close relatives back during the time when "A Black man had no rights that a White man need respect" were anything less than tragic. Mrs Sherrod indeed has a right to feel that the powers that be in Georgia at the time would not know justice and the US Constitution if it hit them in the face.
My argument all along is merely that when it comes to a DEAD BLACK MAN it is Black people who make calculations of this person's value based chiefly upon who did the hit and what political value they can extract from it. Again - this is beyond the immediate family that has connectivity to the person and is focused upon the external operatives that seek to make a point.
I have no idea why the American Spectator would go to such lengths to prove that racist law enforcement officials actually beat a black man to death and were not forced to pay for his crime, in the service of attempting to make his distant relative, Sherrod, look bad.
It is certainly true that the widely perceived definition of “lynching” is to hang a person with a rope. Nevertheless, if this argument is really over semantics, here’s the definition of lynching, from The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language: “To execute without due process of law, especially to hang.”
We have many "lynchings" and gross "civil rights violations" that occur in the Black community today.
They simply aren't labeled as such.
Some people figure that if they don't call them by this name that this painful truth will go away.