Ida B. Wells

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A man lynched from a tree. Face partially conc...

A man lynched from a tree. Face partially concealed by angle and headgear. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Ida B. Wells was born in Holly Springs, Mississippi as a slave in 1862. She was an African-American journalist who documented lynching in the United States. Lynching was a way to punish blacks who competed with whites. She wasn’t just a journalist though, she actually was quite a few things. Ida was a newspaper editor, suffragist, sociologist, and an early leader in the civil rights moment. She established many women’s organization.

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Lynching is an act of terror that is supposed to spread fear to blacks. Lynching served the broad social purpose of maintaining white supremacy in the economic, social, and political spheres.  It was the cruel act of murdering blacks by hanging them in the name of a false white man’s sense of justice.  Although, as of late, it seems like everything she fought for just disappeared. In Ferguson right now, riots are going off the charts. As of the writing of this essay, 12 buildings had been burned down to the ground. Wells would not be proud of the state of the country right now, she would definitely join the protests of the injustice of white power over blacks.

 

Ida B. Wells Barnett

Ida B. Wells Barnett (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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4 Responses to “Ida B. Wells”

  1. Alejandra on February 3rd, 2015 8:31 am

    Ida was the most bravest African American Women folloqwing by Rosa Parks and everyother Women who was involed.

  2. zoneout96 on February 3rd, 2015 8:54 am

    I see this as a good draft.It states the facts about ida b wells.It makes me notice her feelings towards the lynching that was going on, she came off as a strong indepent women that stood up for what she believed in.

  3. dr95mike on February 6th, 2015 9:00 am

    People like Ida are the ones who understand most of what is happening in the world. She writes down what goes on with the blacks, and then updates everybody on it. She played her part well when it came to her writing down everything tha would go on. I like the fact that she would keeps us inform of what is happening. She was a brave women for all that she did.

  4. wanakita on February 6th, 2015 9:03 am

    Ida seems like a young brave girl. I enjoy reading about black people fighting for their liberty. It is very ironic for white people murdering and criticize black just because on their color and at the same time standing for democracy and “We the People”. Americans were not the first one in this country, but Natives. How can people take over other people like they were some kind of object? It is stupid to believe that people have the audacity to treat others like garbage.

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