A sad history

Southern newspapers in that era though did not hide, mask, or condone lynching — they actively rooted for it and supported it.

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Southern newspapers literally built their reputations, history, and current presence based on lynching and white supremacy.  Newspapers sold copies by the tens of thousands by sensationalizing lynching and buying into lynching not as a form of naked violence, but as an ideology to be encouraged, defended, and protected.

The Media and the Monster
By Chris Richardson

Head on over to The Bitter Southerner and read this piece by Chris Richardson, a former U.S. diplomat and the co-author of the Historical Dictionary of the Civil Rights Movement.

It’s a difficult read, but it’s important to recall the history the newspapers played in racial divisiveness in the last century.

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No Irish need apply

Thinking about my Irish roots and all of the racism here in Georgia, USA reminds me of racism in the past.

This 1854 gem from The New York Times morgue probably was repeated in most newspapers 164 years ago:

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Hit the link to read more and the racist classifieds.

 

Newspaper in miniature

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Found this miniature diorama in Facebook (Diorama Dreams).

An iconic photo at the end of WWII is captured along with a front page of the Youngstown Vindicator.

I bet nearly everyone in Youngstown, Ohio, saved this front page!

According to Wikipedia, The Vindicator, as it’s now know has a daily circulation of 62,100 and 87,000 on Sunday.

And hey, look at this. The actual front page!

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