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“the Winchester rifle deserves a place of honor in every Black home.
– Ida B Wells

The white man’s dollar is his god, and to stop this
will be to stop outrages in many localities.
– Ida B. Wells

The nineteenth century lynching mob cuts off ears,
toes, and fingers, strips off flesh,
and distributes portions of the body as souvenirs among the crowd.
– Ida B. Wells

Somebody must show that the Afro-American race is more
sinned against than sinning,
and it seems to have fallen upon me to do so.
– Ida B. Wells

No nation, savage or civilized, save only the United States of America,
has confessed its inability to protect its women save by hanging,
shooting, and burning alleged offenders.
– Ida B. Wells

The mob spirit has grown with the increasing intelligence of the Afro-American.
– Ida B. Wells

The South is brutalized to a degree not realized by its own inhabitants,
and the very foundation of government,
law and order, are imperilled.
– Ida B. Wells

What becomes a crime deserving capital punishment when
the tables are turned is a matter of small moment when
the negro woman is the accusing party.
– Ida B. Wells
Our country’s national crime is lynching.
It is not the creature of an hour, the sudden outburst of uncontrolled fury,
or the unspeakable brutality of an insane mob.
– Ida B. Wells

The Afro-American is not a bestial race.
– Ida B. Wells

The white man’s victory soon became complete by fraud,
violence, intimidation and murder.
– Ida B. Wells

The people must know before they can act,
and there is no educator to compare with the press.
– Ida B. Wells

The only times an Afro-American who was assaulted got
away has been when he had a gun and used it in self-defense.
– Ida B. Wells

Brave men do not gather by thousands to torture and
murder a single individual,
so gagged and bound he cannot make even feeble resistance or defense.
– Ida B. Wells

There is nothing we can do about the lynching now,
as we are out-numbered and without arms.
– Ida B. Wells

The Afro-American is thus the backbone of the South.
– Ida B. Wells

The appeal to the white man’s pocket has ever been
more effectual than all the appeals ever made to his conscience.
– Ida B. Wells

The city of Memphis has demonstrated that neither character
nor standing avails the Negro if he dares to protect
himself against the white man or become his rival.
– Ida B. Wells

The negro has suffered far more from the commission
of this crime against the women of his race by white
men than the white race has ever suffered through his crimes.
– Ida B. Wells

The South resented giving the Afro-American his freedom,
the ballot box and the Civil Rights Law.
– Ida B. Wells

In fact, for all kinds of offenses –
for no offenses – from murders to misdemeanors,
men and women are put to death without judge or jury;
so that,
although the political excuse was no longer necessary,
the wholesale murder of human beings went on just the same.
– Ida B. Wells

The alleged menace of universal suffrage having been
avoided by the absolute suppression of the negro vote,
the spirit of mob murder should have been satisfied
and the butchery of negroes should have ceased.
– Ida B. Wells

Although lynchings have steadily increased in number
and barbarity during the last twenty years,
there has been no single effort put forth by the many
moral and philanthropic forces of the country to put
a stop to this wholesale slaughter.
– Ida B. Wells

I had an instinctive feeling that the people who have
little or no school training should have something
coming into their homes weekly which dealt with their problems in a simple,
helpful way…
so I wrote in a plain, common-sense way on the things
that concerned our people.
– Ida B. Wells

I came home every Friday afternoon, riding the six
miles on the back of a big mule.
I spent Saturday and Sunday washing and ironing and
cooking for the children and went back to my country
school on Sunday afternoon.
– Ida B. Wells

If this work can contribute in any way toward proving this,
and at the same time arouse the conscience of the American
people to a demand for justice to every citizen,
and punishment by law for the lawless,
I shall feel I have done my race a service.
– Ida B. Wells

Thus lynch law held sway in the far West until civilization
spread into the Territories and the orderly processes of law took its place.
The emergency no longer existing, lynching gradually
disappeared from the West.
– Ida B. Wells

Haki Kweli Shakur
March 25 51ADM