Illogical But True # 16 – Using “lynchmob” to describe what happening to Paula Deen


Some fact about lynching:

Lynching, the practice of killing people by extrajudicial mob action, occurred in the United States chiefly from the late 18th century through the 1960s. Lynchings took place most frequently in the Southern United States from 1890 to the 1920s, with a peak in the annual toll in 1892. However, lynchings were also very common in the Old West. It is associated with re-imposition of white supremacy in the South after the Civil War.

event_omaha_courthouse_lynchingThe Tuskegee Institute has recorded 3,446 blacks and 1,297 whites were lynched between 1882 and 1968. Southern states created new constitutions between 1890 and 1910, with provisions that effectively disfranchised most blacks, as well as many poor whites. People who did not vote were excluded from serving on juries, and most blacks were shut out of the official political system.

The body of mentally disabled 17-year-old Jesse Washington after he was beaten with shovels and bricks, castrated, had his ears and fingers cut off and finally burned alive. His body is here hanging on display in Robinson, seven miles from Waco, where the lynching took place. Writing: ‘This is the Barbecue we had last night my picture is to the left with a cross over it your son Joe.”

At the start of the 20th century in the United States, lynching was photographic sport. People sent picture postcards of lynchings they had witnessed. The practice was so base, a writer for Time noted in 2000, “Even the Nazis did not stoop to selling souvenirs ofAuschwitz, but lynching scenes became a burgeoning subdepartment of the postcard industry. By 1908, the trade had grown so large, and the practice of sending postcards featuring the victims of mob murderers had become so repugnant, that the U.S. Postmaster General banned the cards from the mails.”[30]

Some Headlines concerning Paula Deen

  1. Anne Rice Defends Paula Deen Against ‘Lynch Mob Culture’
  2. Anne Rice Facebook Post Compares Paula Deen Furor to Lynch Mob
  3. Paula Deen “Lynched” By Public Mob Without Merit, Savannah Newspaper Claims – 

Savannah’s celebrity chef has been lynched – figuratively and publicly in the court of public opinion, and without a full and fair accounting of the facts.” Why? Mostly because the 66-year-old master of comfort food recipes and self-made mogul “said ‘no’ to the equivalent of a shakedown.” ……… “a reminder that justice should be dispensed in court, not at the end of a rope” or “by money-grubbing lawyers.” 

One of the reason of the second great mass migration of blacks out of the south were the lynch mobs.

Do you think that Paula Deen is really being lynched ? I wrote a post detailing what the lawsuit alleges [ THE PAULA DEEN INCIDENT; YOU SHOULD KNOW ALL THAT’S BEING ALLEGED BEFORE DEFENDING HER] read it and let me know in the comments. Historically its completely illogical to use lynching to describe what’s happening to Paula Deen, it cheapens and spits on the thousands of people of all shapes sizes and colors that got lynched but it is true that its being used.

Side Note:

The industrial buildup to World War II acted as a “pull” factor in the second phase of the Second Great Migration starting in 1940 and lasting until 1970. Altogether in the first half of the 20th century, 6.5 million African Americans migrated from the South to leave lynchings and segregation behind, improve their lives and get better educations for their children. Unlike the first round, composed chiefly of rural farm workers, the second wave included more educated workers and their families who were already living in southern cities and towns.

20 thoughts on “Illogical But True # 16 – Using “lynchmob” to describe what happening to Paula Deen

  1. I feel physically sick to my heart and stomach after reading this. A friend of mine who was adopted decided to study slavery as part of her black history degree and it practically pushed her over the edge. Time and changes can make people forget things like slavery and the holocaust, but to forget or trivialise such events can result in repetition of evil doing. Lest we forget.


  2. Fuck Paula Deen. That bitch is most definitely not being lynched.
    a. To my knowledge she is not accused of committing a crime; idon’t know why. But she isn’t. (Merely a huge act of poor taste and poor quality.) Didn’t her actions constitute a breach of these people’s Civil Rights or did we flush those down the tubes with the Voter’s Rights?
    The truly gentile Southerner has left such indignities behind. Only those White Trash Motherfuckers who want people to think they are quality use that language.
    b. The bitch confessed to using the N– word regularly.
    c. The law suit against her; while not yet adjudicated is of such a nature that it is difficult to imagine Paula slipping out from under it. The behaviors that she is accused of are of such repugnance and the indignities forced upon human beings who come in good faith to do a job for her so heinous, from the standpoint of a white person; I can only imagine how my black friends must feel. (Actually they have made quite clear how they feel so my imagination hasn’t had to work overtime or anything. Thanks for asking.)
    This is a dark day for this nation. The action of the “Supreme? Court” against the “Black”, “Hispanic”, and “Poor White” communities.
    The open disrespect shown by Paula’s actions. The minimal response from the public to the Voter’s Rights decision. There is no excuse for this happening. There is no excuse for us allowing this to happen. In 1968 I was 10 years old and even I knew what was going on.
    There was an appearance of progress; was there not? Or was that last hit of cid I took in 78 stronger than I thought?
    Appearances can be deceptive. Especially when they are so well constructed.
    How disappointing to find that this nation is sadly much more backwards than we thought and that 50 damned years of constant attention have failed to bring us to the point of standing up for our rights.
    I also am a Social Democrat. That used to be a party but now is more a statement of philosophy.
    Love your graphics too. Stop by anytime.


    1. Paula Deen, I don’t even know what to say honestly. I believe there is this sort of collective putting heads in sand sort of behavior like for the voting rights issue, and the women’s rights issue. When all these issues started to surface before the last election I was stunned. I thought to myself: Didn’t we get past this already ? It felt like there was some serious progress done but perhaps that was an illusion.

      I think Paula Deen created a very hostile and demeaning work environment and that to me is unacceptable. With the recession being what it is many people work more hours than they should I feel. Parents are out all day working and the kids by themselves. I feel this is how we as a nation start to unravel. its so hard just to get by.

      I think the work of Bernays as well as many psychologist and public relation guru have in a way tied our fate to a sinking ship. Everything we buy has such nice and shiny wrapping but it is completely unsustaining – whether it’s GMO foods, ideologies , or some new trend.


    1. Wassup Doc, Thanks for the re-blog. Im glad you liked the post. I am also happy you commented because I have had the chance to read around your site and I am liking it a lot. Im currently reading about fluoridation great stuff!!!!


    1. That is a very good but a bit dangerous question. To Americans; Hitler was Satan. He and his regime killed about 12 million people in the camps plus all of the battlefield deaths etc.
      Their efforts pale when laid next to the killing done by such as our WWII friend; Stalin. He starved some 21 million people to death in the Ukraine. Made them grow the food; ship it out and starve on the land that produced the food.
      Nobody can even begin to guess how many Chinese have been slaughtered since the Communists took over in 45.
      And we; the Americans. “Send us your tired ; your poor; your huddled masses yearning to breath free.” What a crock. We don’t really mean that anymore. The only reason we ever meant it was to provide a source of cheap labor for the Industrial Revolution. There never was a noble purpose or goal for anything this nation has done and we have killed countless millions of Black slaves; Native Americans; Chinese Laborers; Child workers; and so on. We are in no way morally superior to The Nazis or the Communists or the Fascists.
      As a matter of fact; if you take a good look at the three big forms of government.
      Democracy-Communism-Fascism; The similarities are glaring. The one big difference being; who is in charge.
      Democracy- Intellectuals
      Communist- Bureaucrats
      Fascist- Military
      The workings are much the same.


      1. Thanks Dave,
        I sensed it was true that we thought alike when I read your blog. I hope you stop over to have a read when you get a chance. I will be following your work; in a good way; not like the NSA or anything LOL. Glad to meet you. Talk to you soon.


    2. I have felt that there is no real compass in the world anymore. If you delve into most countries history you do not have to go to far before you find some atrocity. Maybe that is human nature but I dont think so. I thinkwe have a propensity towards violence but what is most damning of all our ‘idiosyncrcies’ are this high horse, assumed moral authority that seems to dictate a lot fo Western European adn American foreign policy in my opinion I feel.


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