Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Say their names

Made in response to a call for entries for works about Chicago. Not sure if this is exactly what they were looking for, but I figure someone else can do the pretty picture of the boats in Burnham Harbor. (although I have a couple of those too)

Rekia Boyd Bettie Jones Quintonio LeGrier Paul O’Neal Laquan McDonald Kajuan Raye Cedrick Chatman LaTanya Haggerty Chiquita Ford Brian Fields

"Our country's national crime is lynching. It is not the creature of an hour, the sudden outburst of uncontrolled fury, or the unspeakable brutality of an insane mob. It represents the cool, calculating deliberation of intelligent people. No emergency called for lynch law. It asserted its sway in defiance of law and in favor of anarchy. First, lynching is color-line murder. Second, crimes against women is the excuse, not the cause. Third, it is a national crime and requires a national remedy. This was wholly political, its purpose being to suppress the colored vote by intimidation and murder. Thousands of assassins banded together to spread a reign of terror. The purpose was accomplished, and the black vote was supressed." -- Ida B. Wells, excerpted from speeches on lynching

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