RawStory: The charred corpse of a young black man, tied to a blistered tree in the heart of the Texas Bible Belt. Next to the burned body, young white men can be seen smiling and grinning, seemingly jubilant at their front-row seats in a carnival of death. One of them sent a picture postcard home: “This is the barbeque we had last night. My picture is to the left with a cross over it. Your son, Joe.”
Take a good look at Jesse Washington’s stiffened body tied to the tree. He had been sentenced to death for the murder of a white woman. No witnesses saw the crime; he allegedly confessed but the truth of the allegations would never be tested. The grand jury took just four minutes to return a guilty verdict, but there was no appeal, no review, no prison time. Instead, a courtroom mob dragged him outside, pinned him to the ground, and cut off his testicles. A bonfire was quickly built and lit. For two hours, Jesse Washington — alive — was raised and lowered over the flames. Again and again and again. City officials and police stood by, approvingly. According to some estimates, the crowd grew to as many as 15,000. There were taunts, cheers and laughter. Reporters described hearing “shouts of delight.”
When the flames died away, Washington’s body was torn apart and the pieces were sold as souvenirs. The party was over.
When Washington was dead, his charred remains were lassoed by a man on a white horse and dragged around the city. The head fell off and small boys sold the teeth for five dollars apiece. Pieces of the chain sold for twenty-five cents. Spectators even gathered and carried off pieces of charred bone and bits of the hanging tree to be kept as souvenirs or sold to others.
We saw some of the same things happen in 2013 as it did during Slavery and Jim Crow. Police burned Chris Dorner alive on national tv. Where was the outrage from the media? Chris Dorner was TRAPPED inside a building in 2013. Police could have waited Dorner out. But they wanted to make an example of him. They set the building on fire. It was ruthless and barbaric. Same EVIL as ISIS.