Ethical Complications of Lynching: Ida B. Wells's by Angela D. Sims

By Angela D. Sims

In an more and more globalized financial system, Sims argues that Ida B. Wells’s struggle opposed to lynching is a plausible choice to deal with systemic sorts of oppression. greater than a century seeing that Wells introduced her anti-lynching crusade, an exam of her paintings questions America’s use of lynching as a device to manage habit and the style within which public opinion is formed and lived out within the deepest quarter. moral issues of Lynching highlights the residual results of lynching as a twenty-first century ethical obstacle within the struggle to actualize moral percentages.

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25 From her father—an entrepreneur, mason, and active participant in his community—Wells obtained a passion for justice and a profound understanding of self-esteem. In addition, her parents taught her to honor family commitments. James and Elizabeth Wells demonstrated that faith and action were complimentary aspects of Ida’s value system. This attributed to Wells’s ability to respond to the exigencies of life. She recognized early that tremendous personal sacrifices often Head of Family’s Response 39 accompany our ability to fulfill obligations.

5. ”2 Even though Wells recognized that “the power of the State, country and city, the civil authorities and the strong arm of the military power were all on the side of the mob and of lawlessness,”3 she asserted that the onus of moral responsibility should rest with the white female. In other words, Wells juxtaposed opinions about the inferiority of blacks in America against the hypocrisy surrounding interracial sexual activity to illustrate that to some extent lynching as a moral crisis could not be understood apart from the problem of the color line in the United States.

25 Established in Tennessee in 1865, the Ku Klux Klan 26 described itself as an institution of chivalry, humanity, mercy, and patriotism. ”27 By contrast, Wells’s parents did not succumb to fear. Instead, although gender equality was still a point of contention in American society, a freed-person of color’s decision to participate in the political process symbolized a major aspect of democracy. ”28 Religion played a major role in southern reconstruction. To increase its presence among recently freed-persons of color, Sally G.

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