A Strange and Bitter Crop

Now comes Bryan Stevenson, the founder of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Atlanta. First published in the New York Review of Books, his essay provides a concise summary of recent research into the history of lynching in America, in turn providing essential background for the ongoing murder of African-American men. Excerpts below, with images from Ken Gonzales-Day’s Erased Lynchings series.

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Our title descends from the famous song by Billie Holiday that haunts sanctimonious delusions of American exceptionalism like a death knell:

 


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