Matthew Williams and George Armwood.
United an entire community to wage war against what they perceived (white supremacy) was holding them down.
Today, this liberated community runs the show, powered by black pride and bolstered by black political power.
Yet the conditions of this city are a stark reminder of the great fear whites once had if they were to see their power supplanted, usurped by something else.
Something that continually brings up the names of Williams and Armwood as justification for the continued guilt trip (a 21st Century Bataan Death March for whites) they force the grandchildren – and great-grandchildren – of whites from that area to endure. [Breaking The Silence: A University of Maryland law professor writes a book on the last two recorded lynchings in the state – and the culture that let the crimes go unpunished, Baltimore Sun, 2-25-2007]:
I originally thought I was going to write this encyclopedic book of lynching,” says Sherrilyn Ifill, a professor at the University of Maryland School of Law in Baltimore.
Instead, her research took a narrative turn as she focused on the tragic deaths of Matthew Williams and George Armwood, two black men murdered by white mobs on the Eastern Shore in the 1930s – the last two recorded lynchings in Maryland. Ifill wound up devoting five years to writing On the Courthouse Lawn ($25.95, Beacon Press).
Some 5,000 lynchings have been documented in the United States. Yet no one has ever been convicted of a lynching crime. Reverberations from that era of violence are still being felt in American society, Ifill contends. For that reason she is a proponent of racial-healing efforts modeled after the South African government’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
“There is unfinished business in communities throughout this country,” she notes in the introduction to her book, “where the reality of lynching and racial pogroms has never been fully confronted.” Is there a definition per se of lynching?
A South African-style “Truth and Reconciliation Commission,” run by blacks, to make whites pay for their past (actions that dared stop the conditions of Baltimore 2014 from coming to nightmarish fruition…) is ‘unfinished business.’
Whites must always pay.
Never mind what’s happening now, we must always look to the past for justification as to the continued oppression of whites today.
The truth of lynching.
Though Oprah Winfrey, who donated $13 million to the building of National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC, set to open in 2015 on the National Mall in Washington D.C. and costing a cool $500 million), claimed “millions of black people were lynched,” it turns out only 3,446 blacks were lynched between 1882 and 1968:
From 1882-1968, 4,743 lynchings occurred in the United States. Of these people that were lynched 3,446 were black. The blacks lynched accounted for 72.7% of the people lynched.
Out of the 4,743 people lynched only 1,297 white people were lynched. That is only 27.3%. Many of the whites lynched were lynched for helping the black or being anti lynching and even for domestic crimes.
So, over a span 86 years, 3,446 black people were lynched (many were lynched for actual crimes, mind you); that’s roughly 40/lynchings per year.
But here’s the real fact you won’t find at the NMAAHC, or will Sherrilyn Ifill even consider:
From 2007 through 2013 in Baltimore, 1,629 lives were lost to homicides in Baltimore. Over a seven-year time period, 1492 of these homicides were black people, meaning 91.5 percent of the homicide victims in this 63.5 percent black city were black. [Patterns persist in city killings: Victims, suspects usually black men with long criminal histories
rate is among highest in U.S., Baltimore Sun, 1-1-2007]:
Despite a seeming revitalization of several city neighborhoods, Baltimore’s homicide rate remains among the highest in the country. A driving force behind this dubious distinction is that people such as Whitfield – young black men with lengthy criminal histories – continue to be killed in large numbers by others with similar backgrounds, according to police homicide figures reviewed by The Sun.
Whitfield was gunned down on Hanover Street in South Baltimore about 1 a.m. Dec. 15. As of last night, 274 people had died by homicide in Baltimore – five more than the 269 victims in 2005.
In 2005, 236 of the 269 homicide victims were black. Through mid-December of 2006, 236 of 256 victims were black.
In 2005, 243 victims were men and 26 were women. In 2006, through mid-December, 231 men and 25 women were killed.
But let’s keep talking about two black males lynched in the 1930s. White people may have lynched Williams and Armwood (they were criminals), but these actions were done to protect the integrity of the city and ensure Baltimore was a safe place live for the law-abiding. Today, Baltimore is the poster child for civic dysfunction and lawlessness.
Almost all of the violence in Baltimore is black-on-black, prompting former black drug dealers to find a cottage industry as “reformers” hoping to better the black community through stories of their emancipation from crime. [On a mission to halt epidemic of killings: A graveyard visit helps a crusader drive home his point: Young men can change their lives and reduce homicides, Baltimore Sun, 12-12-2005]
The perception of Baltimore as an unsafe city isn’t because the ghosts of a white lynch mob haunt this city; it’s because of the great fear of young black males turning large parts of the city into an uninhabitable, never-ending, warzone. [Two men convicted in murder of 12-year-old Baltimore boy:Gang members fired randomly into group of teens to send a message, prosecutors say, Baltimore Sun, 3-17-14]:
Two men were convicted Friday of randomly firing into a group of young people, killing a 12-year-old boy and wounding three others in an attempt to “send a message” to their East Baltimore neighbors.
In May 2011, prosecutors said, Danyae Robinson, 31, and Derrick Brown, 20, fired at least 15 shots, seeking to avenge the shooting earlier that night of a fellow gang member — even though their victims had nothing to do with their gang’s rivals or the earlier shooting.
“This was a deplorable, unconscionable act of violence that hurt many and took the life of one of our young people,” State’s Attorney Gregg Bernstein said in a statement. “I thank the police and prosecutors for their unrelenting commitment and tireless work to bring this case to justice.”
The victims were “boys who had done nothing wrong,” Assistant State’s Attorney Thiru Vignarajah said during opening arguments. “They were young boys who paid in blood in a war among men.”
Sean Johnson, a standout student with a promising future, was killed after being shot twice in the head, once in the neck and once in the leg. Another teen in the group was shot nine times, but survived.
None of them had ever been arrested; one of the surviving victims now works as an usher at the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra; another is attending college, and the other is about to graduate from high school.
Sean’s mother, Shawnta Little, sat in on the trial and said she was pleased the case was concluded “so I can start the process of healing, all over.” The neighborhood has been quiet since the shootings, she said, though it is less common to see children outside playing anymore.
But it’s white people today who must continually pay for the actions of their ancestors in the past, despite the present being nothing more than an endless rundown of black-on-black misery, crime and murder.
Even celebrations of murder rates dropping hide the ugly truth of life in a majority black city, where black leaders constantly harp of the past evils of white supremacy and lynchings while remaining willfully ignorant to the destruction of civilization by blacks in the present. [Fewer than 300 homicides at last: Crime: For the first time in more than a decade, Baltimore’s toll for a year breaks a barrier that it had seemed impossible to breach only months ago., Baltimore Sun, 1-1-2001]:
But statistics hardly matter to the families left to grieve. Rosalind L. Knott, 45, has lost two sons to shootings – and a third wounded by eight bullets – since April 1998.
“Every time I turn on the TV, they are telling me that crime is down,” Knott said. Her son Ernest L. Knott III, who was shot and killed Dec. 6, would have turned 23 the next week.
“It’s all lies,” she said, crying as she sat among family members in her Northeast Baltimore home recently. “No mother should have to mourn like this. You tell me why I have two sons taken by gunfire, lying side by side in a grave.”
Baltimore has experienced more than 300 murders each year since 1990. Most are blamed on the city’s volatile cocaine and heroin trade fueled by an estimated 60,000 addicts who stumble around desolate neighborhoods pockmarked by boarded-up rowhouses, vacant lots and trash-filled alleys.
Police officers had T-shirts emblazoned with “The city that bleeds,” mocking the city’s old slogan, “The city that reads.”
With each violent death, a family mourned, most having gained little public attention. Rosalind Knott said she doesn’t like the preoccupation with the numbers that shroud the names.
Her sons Daniel P. Smith, 22, and David Smith, 16, were shot April 2, 1998, as they stood on their porch in the 1100 block of W. Saratoga St. The elder brother died; the younger was hit eight times. He survived, but has three bullets lodged in his chest.
Police said four assailants rode down the street shooting from bicycles. No motive has been discerned, nor has any arrest been made.
A lynching by another name.
But by blacks on other blacks.
No outrage, because it’s such a common occurrence.
So to recap:
Between 1882 and 1968, there were 4,743 lynchings in America; of those, 3,466 were black and 1,297 were white.
Between 2007 and 2013 in Baltimore, there were 1,629 murders in the city, of which 1,492 (or 91.5 percent) were black – almost all murdered by other blacks.
No need to mention the rate of black-on-white homicides in the city, but we all remember what Zach Sowers widow endured.
Baltimore is a majority black city because white people no longer feel safe to raise families there (white flight wasn’t because of racial hatred, it was because of legitimate racial fear of blacks), with the remaining whites scared to even mention the racial elephant in the room when discussing crime, homicide and just why property values are so low and so much real estate is unsafe for gentrification.
The black community has collectively lynched the civilization whites created in Baltimore (turning once thriving public housing buildings into “concentration camps”), remaking the city in their image. Every week, another horrific crime occurs – such as the execution killing of five black women, three generations of a family, in 1999 – by black male, that does far more to threaten the stability of Baltimore than two lynchings did back in the 1930s. [A race against time, revenge: Police scour city for two suspects in rowhouse slayings, U.S. marshals join hunt, Baltimore Sun, 12-9-1999]
The names Matthew Williams and George Armwood have far more political capital behind them, than Mary McNeil Matthews, Levanna Spearman, Mary Helen Collien, Makisha Jenkins and Trennell Alston do (whose executions were labeled a “local brush of evil”) precisely because black life only has value when it’s taken by a non-black.
It has no value to those blacks in power now, for it reinforces all those fears white people had for their civilization long ago.
Blacks may collectively lynch civilization in Baltimore, but the only story we can learn about is individual lynchings of two blacks back in the 1930s.