Lynching Is A Crime According To Chesnutt

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According to Chesnutt, lynching is an evil practice not only because it is carried out unlawfully against persons who were often not responsible for any crime, but also because it was used as a violent display to intimidate the African American community and the denial of justice. False accusations often led to lynchings which was a crime committed by white mobs against black men. The criminal would either be burned or hung, as a way of punishment. The act, however, was actually meant as a mode of violent oppression and warning to the black community. The act of lynching is not meant to punish a single person, but to represent the idea of violence and purity to an entire community. It is a method of intimidation, not justice. “The article...denied
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