Kentucky newspapers often blamed Black victims for lynchings

Kentucky newspapers contributed to a climate of terror by calling the victims bad negroes, “barbaric” or lazy and promiscuous.

Columbus, Mississippi, newspapers were not innocent bystanders to racist violence

Lynchings, were a form of racial terror, said historian Elijah Gaddis, an assistant professor of history at Auburn University. No state used the tactic more than Mississippi.

Yazoo City’s newspaper provided a forum for its pro-lynching readership

The Yazoo City Herald, a white-owned newspaper, covered lynchings, sometimes delivering inconsistent or problematic reporting.

Massive public lynchings of Black men were nurtured by Waco, Texas, newspapers

In Waco, Texas, up to 15,000 white men, women and children, elected officials and law enforcement would gather to watch public lynchings of Black men.

Anti-lynching laws have not passed Congress in 130 years

In January 1900, George Henry White, the only Black man within the U.S. House, proposed a bill to ban lynching. During his speech, he was interrupted and the bill never went past the House Judiciary Committee.

Newspapers printed hate for scores of years, leading to racist violence

Over several decades, hundreds of white-owned newspapers across the U.S. fueled racist hate crimes against Black Americans.

In the 1880s, election fraud and a massacre stopped Black progress

White supremacists and newspapers conspired to take down a progressive, integrated party in Danville, Virginia.

Printing Hate: How white-owned newspapers incited racial terror in America

From the end of Reconstruction to 1940, newspapers were the most powerful news medium in America. Those run by white supremacist publishers and editors printed headlines and stories that fueled racial hate, inciting massacres and lynchings of Black citizens.

Essential and Exposed

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has failed to protect essential workers amid the pandemic. Student journalists from Merrill College, the University of Arkansas, Boston University and Stanford University came together to find that responsibility for worker safety is splintered among federal OSHA, state agencies and even local boards of health. Communication among them is muddled. As a result, there is little accountability for the failure of government watchdogs to keep workers safe from COVID-19.