▬» 4,743 people were lynched between 1882 and 1968, including 3,446 African Americans and 1,297 whites. … Lynchings peaked in many areas when it was time for landowners to settle accounts with sharecroppers. »
it’s often spoken of this like this was mainly out of hatred for Blacks. i find that suspect, since this refers to extra-legal proceedings like vigilantism. there are many factors involved, like recently ended civil war. Black being freed, that had been slaves for generations. so, consider you’ve come from Africa or your ancestors came from Africa only recently, where they were warrior tribes with tribal dances (like some places still in Africa); then the only life you know is being forced in a tight regiment of work on a foreign continent among foreign peoples. you are then set free among said peoples without any social system to help you, almost. is it strange that a significant percentage turns to crime, or gets involved in debt? it’s not strange, it’s very likely. so that’s probably what a large percentage of the lynchings were, as well as a symbolic act versus the Northern authorities perhaps.
ca. 25% of the lynchings were whites, and apparently had to do with economic reasons in their peak, so obviously it’s not about White Supremacy as much as is commonly held.