Crisis and New Unity: The 1930s
The fact that the Negroes who so brutally murdered this girl could not be adequately punished by the law because of their ages prevents me from condemning the citizens who meted out justice to the ravishing murderers.
Comment by Colorado County, Texas, judge following November 1935 lynching of black juveniles Ernest Collins and Bennie Mitchell
At the trial they give us in Scottsboro we could hear the crowds yelling, "Lynch the Niggers." We could see them toting those big shotguns. Call 'at a fair trial?
And while we lay here in jail, the boss-man make us watch 'em burning up other Negroes in the electric chair. "This is what you'll get," they say to us.
What for? We ain't done nothing to be in here at all. All we done was to look for a job.
Appeal sent from prison by the Scottsboro Boys, April 1, 1932
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Publication information: Book title: White Violence and Black Response:From Reconstruction to Montgomery. Contributors: Herbert Shapiro - Author. Publisher: University of Massachusetts Press. Place of publication: Amherst, MA. Publication year: 1988. Page number: 203.
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