Thursday, June 16, 2005

You'll Never Guess Which States Did More Lynching

I don't believe this will come as a surprise to anyone, but lynchings didn't generally happen in our current Blue States.

Here's the 20 states with the most lynchings between 1882 and 1968 (with state name and the number of recorded lynchings):

  • Mississippi (581)
  • Georgia (531)
  • Texas (493)
  • Louisiana (391)
  • Alabama (347)
  • Arkansas (284)
  • Florida (282)
  • Tennessee (251)
  • Kentucky (205)
  • South Carolina (160)
  • Oklahoma (122)
  • Missouri (122)
  • North Carolina (101)
  • Virginia (100)
  • Montana (84)
  • Colorado (68)
  • Nebraska (57)
  • Kansas (54)
  • West Virginia (48)
  • Indiana (47)
Source: Tuskegee Institute Archives

Here's how it looks graphically:

Saaaaayyyyy... That map looks strangely familiar, doesn't it?

It turns out that George W. Bush carried 15 of the 20 biggest lynching states by 55 percent or more in 2004 – and six of those with over 60 percent of the vote.

What does this mean? Not much, really. But we know from the Yellow Dog Blog's previous smart-ass analysis that the Bush states also don't generally care about worker standard of living when measured by their inaction on minimum wage increases. Now we know they're the cultures where lynching was the most accepted. Pick another social ill at random and I bet the state-by-state results are much the same.

I'm not sayin', I'm just sayin'. Can we let these states secede now please?

More fun with Senate Resolution 39 numbers:

The lynching-apology resolution was introduced on February 7, 2005 and, within a couple of weeks, it had 44 cosponsors – 29 Democrat and 15 Republican. In other words, 66 percent of Senate Democrats signed on almost immediately, while only 27 percent of Republicans took the plunge.

Why are these guys always so far behind the curve on anything related to true ethics, morals or social justice?