Wednesday, October 06, 2004

  Lynching Follow up: Or lack of

As I posted last April a young black man was lynched in Mississippi. There has not been much follow up on it at all, as to be expected. But the family believes it was killed over the family land.

Veal had returned to his home from Seattle to help his family fight a land-grab attempt by whites who alleged title and timber rights to acres that had been in Veal’s family for three generations, since the late 19th century.

Mississippi Department of Public Safety spokesperson Warren Stain declared the death as “consistent with suicide.” But there are serious and troubling contradictions to this explanation, including the fact that Veal had been hooded in a pillowcase before his death (Seattle Post-Intelligencer).

Theft of Black land

There is a long history of white vigilante violence against Black economic independence and land ownership in the region.

At the close of the Civil War, a few Union generals began to allocate the plantations of the former slave owners to freed African Americans, part of the “40 acres and a mule” land redistribution.

Please take time to read the entire article. And then contact your congressman to demand justice.
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