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- DescriptionThis work talks about fighting the death penalty - antiblack violence, race and class. On June 22, 2000, despite a lack of any material evidence, Texas Death Row inmate Shaka Sankofa was executed by the state. He became the 222nd victim of capital punishment since its reinstatement in 1976. Many who followed Sankofa's ordeal closely - as well as the history of capital punishment in America - believe that Sankofa was the victim of a legal lynching. Anti death penalty activist and political activist L.V. Gaither collects four essays examining the uses and abuses of the death penalty with respect to African Americans in the 21st century. He revisits Fred Gildersleeve's infamous photograph of the 1917 legal lynching of Jesse Washington, a Waco teenager charged with the murder of Lucie Fryer, contemplating African American responses to the modern uses of the death penalty in America against its sobering backdrop; examines the lynching of James Byrd, Sr., in Jasper, Texas; and offers a wide-ranging account of modern leadership responses to antiblack racism in America.
- Author BiographyL.V. Gaither is a political activist and independent historian from Houston, Texas. He is editor and publisher of The Gaither Reporter: an Independent Journal of Politics, Literature and Culture.
- Author(s)L.V. Gaither
- PublisherAfrica Research & Publications
- Date of Publication07/06/2006
- SubjectSocial Studies: General
- Place of PublicationTrenton
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintAfrica Research & Publications
- Content Noteillustrations
- Weight293 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
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