Throughout the post-civil war era "lynching" has been used to terrorize freed slaves. Not unlike what happened in Germany in the post WWI time period, the white populations needed to have a scapegoat to blame for their unhappy circumstances. These newly forming communities of freed slaves were the obvious target. They were afraid of how their situation if former slaves, now eager to improve themselves, might negatively impact them. So any excuse was used to round up a group of bullies (sort of like the GOP house members who sought to stop the impeachment proceeding by breaking the rules and intruding into the hearing room) to seek out and kill anyone any black they chose. Lynching them was their preferred method of creating a reign of terror. Nothing has really changed. We have to learn how to make our lives better without blaming any minority group that we feel are stealing our opportunities from our. GROW UP AMERICA! We are capable of doing better.