The Press and Lynchings of African Americans

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In July, 1930, newspapermen poked around Emelle, Alabama, trying to ferret out details of the lynching of a Black man, as well as several other slayings. A few White residents who had been on hand when the men were killed refused to talk about the events to reporters from The Tuscaloosa News. “What the hell are you newspaper men doing here?” asked a White man who had been part of the vigilante group. “We’re just killing a few negroes that we’ve waited too damn long about leaving for the buzzards. That’s not news”


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