Google and the Equal Justice Initiative worked together to launch a new website Tuesday that explores the history and legacy of racial terrorism in the United States, specifically looking at lynchings between the Civil War and WWII.
“After slavery was formally abolished, lynching emerged as a vicious tool of racial control to reestablish white supremacy and suppress black civil rights. More than 4,000 African Americans were lynched across twenty states between 1877 and 1950,” the site says.
Lynching in America is an interactive website created with support from Google and based on a full report completed by the Equal Justice Initiative. The site features the full 80-page report, audio stories from generations affected by lynching, a documentary film called Uprooted, which features the story of the descendants of a man who was lynched, and interactive maps that have locations of lynchings, profiles of the victims, and the stories behind their deaths, reported The Root.
“This site features painful stories of America’s history of racial injustice,” the site says. “In order to heal the deep wounds of our present, we must face the truth of our past.”
“Google has been able to take what we know about lynching, and what we have heard from the families, and what we have seen in the spaces and the communities where these acts of terror took place, and make that knowledge accessible to a lot more people,” said Bryan Stevenson, founder of EJI, in a press release. “To create a platform for hearing and understanding and seeing this world that we’ve lived through.”
Google has previously worked with EJI, donating a $1 million grant to the organization in 2015 to fund its From Enslavement to Mass Incarceration Museum. To celebrate the launch of the project, Google has donated another $1 million to EJI to support its racial justice work, reported The Huffington Post.
“These lynchings were public acts of racial terrorism, intended to instill fear in entire black communities. Government officials frequently turned a blind eye or condoned the mob violence.”
“The effects of racial terror lynchings are still felt today.”
EJI says it hopes to “spark an honest conversation about our history of racial injustice that begins a process of truth and reconciliation.”
You can check out the website here.
(Article By Jeremiah Jones)