EXCLUSIVE: Between 1880 and 1968, over four thousand African American folk were lynched within the United States, per multiple honest investigations.
“Dismay lynchings were horrific acts of violence whose perpetrators were never held guilty,” states a file by the Equal Justice Initiative. “Certainly, some public spectacle lynchings were attended by the total white neighborhood and performed as celebratory acts of racial control and domination.”
As if that weren’t unpleasant sufficient, white folk who attended these public murders in general shared souvenirs of the occasion, a phenomenon documented within the Oscar shortlisted film Lynching Postcards: ‘Token of a Colossal Day’. The brief from MTV Documentary Movies, directed by Christine Turner, is streaming on the Paramount platform.
“Love picnics or parties,” the Paramount web site notes, “lynchings were in general carnival-take care of events commemorated thru photos and postcards.”
In the outlandish anatomy of a scene video above, the director explains, “I had bump into a replacement of these postcards and souvenirs while engaged on other documentary initiatives. However I the truth is felt take care of they had been under-explored on film, that they weren’t something that the usual public used to be very aware of.”
The postcards depict white men, girls folk and young folk gathered for the grizzly killings, some of them smiling, none of them betraying any self-consciousness about being photographed at a execute scene. Just some of the boys sport suspenders, starched collars and ties. Dressed of their Sunday handiest.
“’Taken from death,’ lynching at Russellville, Logan County, Kentucky, July 31, 1908,” reads an explanatory caption on one among the used postcards. The Sunless man within the state, “hanged on the former Proctor Lynching Tree,” is no longer known.
“What used to be foremost to me in telling this account,” Turner says, “used to be discovering a fashion to discuss lynching postcards and lynching pictures that wouldn’t real be a account of victimization, that is in all likelihood a account about Sunless resistance and likewise about Sunless agency.”
The video above begins with commentary by historian Terry Anne Scott, before Turner narrates her anatomy of a scene. Look it above.