Lynching: Michael Donald

While most think of lynchings as something from another era, lynchings while not as numerous went well into the 20th century. The last recorded lynching was on the 21st of March, 1981. The young man’s name was Michael Donald, and he was lynched at the age of 19.  Even though we no longer have lynchings occurring in our country currently, nooses have continued to be used as a sign of terror and intimidation in contemporary America. Should we just forget this history as so many have suggested? Freestyle with me…

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11 comments

  1. notesalongthepath · December 13, 2009

    Drew,
    It hurts so much to see these pictures. It’s like looking at holocaust pictures–you know it happened, but it couldn’t really happen, could it?
    I thank God we are no longer there and commit myself to making the world a better place for every single person on the planet by promoting love and peace. I can’t do much, but I will do what I can do.
    I admire your work very much, Drew. Thank you for all that you do.

  2. notesalongthepath · December 14, 2009

    Drew, Have you seen the map of hate groups in the US put out by the So. Poverty Law Center, which teaches tolerance and uses the law to stop racists?
    I just added myself to my state as a voice against racism.
    http://www.splcenter.org/intel/map/hate.jsp

  3. freestyle · December 14, 2009

    I actually have seen it… in fact the first time was when I was there at the SPLC. It was also from them that I originally learned about Michael Donald’s story. They do lots of good work… but it is scary to see how many hate groups are out there and that they have been increasing at exponential rates in the last few years. It’s as though we are reverting back to the 50’s.

  4. notesalongthepath · December 15, 2009

    Hi Drew,

    Do you have a contact with SPLC? Do they have any materials they could send that would help us write about the hate groups?
    Pam

  5. freestyle · December 15, 2009

    They actually put out magazines, I believe they are monthly. As well if you are an educator, teacher, or leader of children or youth then you can get free resources (videos and posters that teach on civil rights and tolerance) from the SPLC. You should be able to subscribe or request all of those materials from their website http://www.splcenter.org.

  6. freestyle · December 15, 2009
  7. notesalongthepath · December 15, 2009

    Thanks, Drew. I sent an email off requesting info.
    Pam

  8. A-nonny-mouse · September 12, 2011

    My father was a patrolman when Michael Donald was murdered. Until the day he died, my father never spoke much of what happened that day, except to say that Tiger Knowles and the Hayes boys got exactly what was coming to them.

  9. Yvette · May 19, 2012

    This is very, very disturbing to not see, but imagine what this young man had to experience! The youth today needs to appreciate and respect the life they are living toay. If this man and others who can come back and tell there story maybe people will stop the evil that is happening!! Mr. Donald is FREE and GOD will take care of the evil doers on judgment day!

  10. dee dee · February 24, 2013

    It vex my spirit to even hear of hate crime such as this. .but one thing I noticed about kkk is they never did anything by themselves and their faces was always covered ..to me thats cowardly and that’s no way to say your a man …that was back then try it now and see what happens

  11. Camille · March 22, 2013

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