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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

Newspapers across the country printed stories that incited hate-fueled acts of terror against Black Americans including lynchings and massacres.

Pushed too far: Overexertion has claimed lives of 22 Division I football players since 2000

Some experts say football players are still at risk and coaches need to be held accountable for dangerous workouts and training sessions.

Trabajadores migrantes que procesan marisco en Estados Unidos desprotegidos durante la pandemia de COVID-19

Migrant seafood-processing workers, who are legally hired and transported to the U.S. each season through the federal H-2B visa program, face heightened risks of catching COVID-19.