Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Historical Background on Lynching 

We've been hearing lately about the attempt to hide the 12 or so pro-lynching senators over the last couple of days. This whole apology thing has gotten some folks in my state Missouri interested in talking about Missouri lynchings and their causes.

Here's an interview with a friend of mine, Gary Kremer, who is also the head of the State Historical Society in Missouri.

Yes, I'm not so happy to point out that one of the lynchings, the Raymond Gunn lynching, took place in my town, Maryville. The lynching of Ken Rex McElroy in 1981 also took place nearby in Skidmore. (Yes, yes, that's also the same little town that also had the bizarre story of the mother who was killed for her baby back in December.)

Anyway, I think it's good to review this sort of thing from time to time.

Gary makes some excellent points in his interview.

You should go listen to it.

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