Friday, February 6, 2015

Yes, ISIS Burned a Man Alive: White Americans Did the Same Thing to Black People by the Thousands

Yes, ISIS Burned a Man Alive: White Americans Did the Same Thing to Black People by the ThousandsFor almost a century, the United States practiced a unique cultural ritual that was as least as gruesome as the "medieval" punishments meted out by ISIS against its foes.

What is now known as "spectacular lynching" involved the ceremonial torture, murder--and yes, burning alive--of black Americans by whites. Like ISIS's use of digital media to circulate images of the torturous death of Muadh al Kasasbeh by fire, the spectacular lynchings of the black body were shared via postcards and other media.