The failure of anyone, federal, state, or local, to attempt to stop lynching, not just in the South but elsewhere, for centuries, is one of the most shameful facets of American racial prejudice.
And now Republicans are trying to quibble over what constitutes a lynching. From TPM:
It turns out, says Jeffrey Lord, whose bio lists him as “former Reagan White House political director”, that for all our thought that Sherrod was a victim of a smear, she’s actually a terrible liar after all. Her story about a relative being lynched by a white sheriff almost 70 years ago, Lord reveals, is a terrible lie.
This one’s really one for the history books under the subheading of right-wing #outragefail, as the young folks might put it. Lord starts off vaguely sympathetic and works up into a crescendo of high-dudgeon because Sherrod says her relative was lynched when in fact he was arrested by a sheriff and then beaten to death on the courthouse steps while allegedly resisting arrest even though he remained handcuffed through the fatal beating.
“Lynching” referred to the killing, not to the weapon.
For a detailed take-down of Lord’s lie, see the Inverse Square.
Words cannot measure the depth of disgusting to which this falls.