The Fiery Cage and the Lynching Tree, Brutality’s Never Far Away | Daily Kos

Social media is rife with comparisons of Jordanian pilot Muadh al-Kasasbeh and past American lynchings and burnings such as the case of Jesse Washington of Waco, Texas in 1919. Which of these photos explain why we as Americans avoid recognizing local horrors, yet are so quick to comment on the same crippling situations across the seas? Now read the article by Elisabeth Parker.

The Fiery Cage and the Lynching Tree, Brutality’s Never Far Away

Large crowd looking at the burned body of Jesse Washington, 18-year-old African-American, lynched in Waco, Texas, on May 15, 1916. (Library of Congress)

I made my way down the hall to my computer and typed in: “Waco, Texas. Lynching.”

Sure enough, there it was: the charred corpse of a young black man, tied to a blistered tree in the heart of the Texas Bible Belt. Next to the burned body, young white men can be seen smiling and grinning, seemingly jubilant at their front-row seats in a carnival of death. One of them sent a picture postcard home: “This is the barbeque we had last night. My picture is to the left with a cross over it. Your son, Joe.”

via The Fiery Cage and the Lynching Tree, Brutality’s Never Far Away.

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