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I am new to these forums.  Please bear with me.  There is a higher cause in play.


"The Little Book of Lynching."  Created with two Grailish Goals in mind.  To Honor the Dead.  And to Slay a Myth.


The Honoring.  For this, surely there can be no stronger imperative than to quote Santayana:  "Those who do not remember the past, are doomed to repeat it."   And if I may speak in the vernacular, the events of the last few years (months, weeks. . .) would sure as hell suggest that someone is forgetting something.  In a culture where the deaths of young black men are almost invariably blamed on the victim, it should be no surprise that America's Holocaust--our tragic legacy of lynching--is becoming an increasingly murky part of our past.  Our forgotten past.  This book is written with the goal of keeping those stories alive, and it is being marketed in a way that the author sincerely hopes will lift the historiographies out of the world of recondite esoterica and nudge it into the mass market--hopefully, to a younger generation who deserves to know what their ancestors endured.  Who need to know what their ancestors endured.


The Myth.  Those scholars, however well meaning, who claim that the last lynching in America was the hanging of Michael Donald could not be more profoundly wrong.  All due respect.


Following that definition which serves both logic and justice--that lynchings are not limited to those homicides which transpire at the end of a rope--one would have to be either brain dead or evil to deny that there has been a tragic abundance of lynchings in the last few decades.  One catch:  investigating officials keep categorizing them as suicides.  These days, anything can be a lynching weapon:  the gun, the butt of a gun, a baseball bat, the chain dragged by a truck--even a gym mat, as the not-so-accidental death of Kendrick Johnson would suggest.


There are some nightmares that follow us into our waking hours.  They are supposed to; it was meant to be.  And it is the obligation of the dreamer to let them.  For are not the dreamers (AKA, the daffy, the deluded, the dysfunctional, the dangerouse) often the ones who create the most change?


I ask you, in the name of Henry Smith, Sam Hose, Jesse Washington...in the name of Mary and her unborn baby, and Toe and Matthew and Emmett, and the Three Musketeers Chaney, Goodman, and Schwerner ... in the name of Trayvon Martin and Kendrick Johnson and Keith Warren and Frederick Jermaine Carter ...and Lamar Autery and Raynard Johnson and Izell Parrott and Nate Naylor and Johnny Clark and Charles Connely and Ray Golden and Timothy Lee ... Victor White, Michael Brown, and all the rest ...


Please consider "The Little Book of Lynching", by Meg Langford. Written for both the new generation and the old guard, in prose that is angry, explicit, accessible.  Available as an ebook on Kindle.  Please feel free to read excerpts and learn more about Pickford Studios at moviesforyourmind.net


We are committed to adding to and revising this book until the end of time, or the killing stops--whichever comes first.





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