During the Reconstruction era in the 1860’s, the United States history was blackened by the Jim Crow laws after the passing of the 13th, 14th, and 15th amendments to the Constitution of the United States, and the nationwide lynching of blacks for violation of “white” laws. Led by the state of Mississippi, lynchings also occurred in states such as Alabama, Louisiana, California, North Carolina, Georgia, Florida, and many other states throughout the United States. As horrific and barbaric Americans (mostly whites) were in executing and celebrating the lynchings of blacks, there is a different perspective that I believe should be addressed.
The estimate is nearly 4,000 blacks were lynched during the Jim Crow era. However, nearly 1,400 whites were also lynched. There should be some credit due to the whites who were against the Jim Crow laws, supported black and equal rights of men, displayed interracial relationship with blacks, and crossed the lines of the populous in their belief of what is right. In no manner or sense am I trying to infer any notion that the comparisons of what the blacks endured during the Jim Crow era are comparable to the treatments of whites that supported blacks. But for a brief and objective moment, I would ask you to self meditate and ask yourself this question. Would you be daring enough to walk in the shoes of German Nazi protesting against the Holocaust of Jews, or speak up against the belief of the Holy Catholic church in the 15th century, or walk in the footsteps of Jesus Christ preaching the gospel in Jerusalem against the Pharisees, or walk the shoes of police officers working in the inner city neighborhoods trying to fight the stereotype of social media? If you are that bold “one”, whom people may refer to as heroes, racists, bigots, whistle-blowers, idiots, brave-souls, ignorant or whatever the fitting term is for the naysayers, I for one give much gratitude, heroics, and respect for the white Americans that were lynched during the Jim Crow laws who knowingly jeopardized their lives in their quest to change the color barrier in an ignorant society.