How Blacks Exaggerate The Historical Prevalence of And Distort The History of US Lynching

Executive Summary

  • Now, it has become a reflex for blacks to make claims about lynching that they do not investigate.
  • We provide the actual history of lynching in the US.


It is widespread for US blacks to present several false ideas about lynching. One of these ideas is that only blacks were lynched, a second is that the lynchings were not related to criminal activity on the part of those lynched, and a third is that lynching was commonplace. We decided to look into this topic of the claims made by US blacks.

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Are Blacks Experts on The US History of Lynching Because They Are Black?

Non-blacks often feel compelled to agree with any assertion related to slavery by blacks, as not agreeing with the assertion is considered insensitive. And as we cover in the article, Why Do Most Blacks Consider Themselves Experts on Slavery?

Regardless of their education/research into the topic of slavery, blacks will often present themselves as experts in slavery — based on their race.

This same topic seems to extend to lynching as well. However, this has meant that many blacks have provided an unresearched or deliberately exaggerated view of lynching to score political points.

Who Was Lynched in US History?

Hanging is no longer used as a form of capital punishment in the US. However, hanging by the neck until dead was the standard form of carrying out the death penalty in the US legal system for much of US history.

“Lynching” and hanging are the same physical act. However, hanging is, called lynching, was when the activity was performed without any involvement from the courts. In the historical sense, lynching had no racial component, and it is only through the false presentation by US blacks that the term came to have this racial component.

The Majority Of Those Lynched Were White Until the 1850s

See the following quotation.

Lynching is premeditated murder committed by a group of people by extrajudicial actionLynchings in the United States first became common in the Southern United States in the 1830s, 1840s, and 1850s, at which time most of the victims were white men.– Wikipedia

Yes, the majority of victims of those lynched at this time were not blacks but whites. If all the people who were lynched are not going to be counted, why is nearly all the effort going into measuring just one race? Do those doing the estimation not realize that this will cause the number of blacks lynched to be overestimated?

How Blacks Erased All Non-Black Victims of Lynching

However, in the modern use of the term, is it never discussed that whites were lynched? It seems that blacks have appropriated all lynchings ever performed in the US exclusively to blacks. And furthermore, their “center of gravity” has gotten many historians to go along with them.

In reading many articles on lynching, it was curious how unusual it was to find any discussion of non-black victims of lynching. The following quotation is a perfect example of this.

The Civil War may have freed an estimated 4 million slaves, but that wasn’t nearly the end of acts of racial violence committed against African Americans. Acts of domestic terrorism against black people include the thousands murdered in public lynchings. – Smithonian

This is the black presentation of lynching. All of those lynched were blacks, and no one was lynched who was guilty of any crime.

A question we have for the Smithsonian is, were whites that were lynched all the victims of racial violence?

Something else odd is that while there is great focus on estimating the numbers of blacks lynched, I could find no similar enthusiasm and energy for estimating the numbers of whites lynched.

In this video from 60 Minutes, Oprah does not even bother mentioning that anyone but blacks was lynched in the US. Lynching is presented by 60 Minutes as a form of white supremacy. However, how could it have been white supremacy if most of those lynched were whites lynching other whites? In Oprah’s view, only blacks who were lynched are worth discussing, and this is the view of most blacks in the US. 

Under this false framework, the term lynching becomes an exclusively racial punishment. However, this is not how the punishment of lynching was ever doled out, and therefore, this is a false history imposed upon lynching by blacks.

See the following quotation.

[2] Lynchings of black people rose in number after the American Civil War during Reconstruction; they declined in the 1930s. – Wikipedia

It is frequently presented that lynching was a way of enforcing white supremacy. So how odd it is that it was used against whites. But being too wedded to their use of the term, there is little interest in diverging from this false explanation.

History Through Westerns And Other Movie Genres

Lynching in the US goes back much further than America, even having a western part of the present-day US. Yet, the most prominent presentation of lynchings is in Westerns for whatever reason.

Hanging was also the punishment for desertion in the US military; (a punishment primarily given to whites). The Confederate army lynched white southern Union sympathizers. 

Hanging is shown in a Pirates of the Caribbean movie as the punishment for piracy. Hanging was used in Europe before the US was a country or a colony. Again, many people did not receive a fair trial and could be considered therefore to have been lynched. Blacks have not only appropriated all lynching to blacks but all lynching to the US. 

Where Were Lynchings Historically Most Prevalent?

In many outskirt areas or farming areas, the “judicial” system was not particularly high in integrity. This means that many whites who were hung but not technically “lynched” received about as much justice as a person who was lynched. According to Michael J. Pfeifer, lynching occurred due to and was more prevalent in areas where there was a low level of trust in the local judicial system. The following quotation provides this background.

Historians have debated the history of lynchings on the western frontier, which has been obscured by the mythology of the American Old West. In unorganized territories or sparsely settled states, law enforcement was limited, often provided only by a U.S. Marshal who might, despite the appointment of deputies, be hours, or days, away by horseback.

People often carried out lynchings in the Old West against accused criminals in custody. Lynching did not so much substitute for an absent legal system as constitute an alternative system dominated by a particular social class or racial group.

Historian Michael J. Pfeifer writes, “Contrary to the popular understanding, early territorial lynching did not flow from an absence or distance of law enforcement but rather from the social instability of early communities and their contest for property, status, and the definition of social order.” – Wikipedia

How Black Advocates Would Like to Present Lynching

Left to blacks, they would present the historical inaccuracy that only blacks were ever lynched, and when they were, it was always by the KKK. The claim that lynching/hanging was somehow a unique punishment applied only to blacks, or some form of white supremacy is impossible to correlate with the facts.

Secondly, many of the people lynched were guilty of a significant crimes of all races.

Not all were guilty. There were unjust lynchings and unjust hangings, but the claim by black advocates that black lynchings were simply due to random acts of white supremacy is also not true.

How Prevalent Was The Lynching of Blacks?

What is left out is that the mortality rate or risk of lynching that blacks faced was very low. In any year, roughly 50 blacks were lynched in the US in the period where lynching occurred. The low incidence of black lynching, relative to other forms of mortality, does not have anything to do with or attempt to justify any person who was hung who was not guilty of a serious crime. However, the total number of blacks lynched was roughly 3,700. And as many of these were guilty of a significant crime, it complicates the issue further. Blacks generally enjoy placing nearly all of their focus on blacks killed by whites. However, in 2021, around 10,000 blacks were murdered, and 90% of them by other blacks, yet modern blacks are more angered by the 23 unarmed blacks killed by police in 2021 and the 3,700 or so blacks lynched over an 85 year period than the 10,000 blacks killed per year.

Blacks speak of “violence” and “guns” when blacks kill other blacks, but of “racism” when a black person is killed by a white person, and with complete silence when blacks kill whites. Blacks are the most violent racial group in the US and have been through US history. Blacks are also the number one racial group that violently victimizes other races, which again, is conveniently not the focus of blacks. Blacks do not appear to respond the same way as other races to policing, requiring more aggressive techniques than any other race. This is a way of saying, the black “pearl clutching” on the topic of when violence is used against them, does not appear cognizant of their own violence level.

This brings up the question of whether blacks would even care if those lynched by whites had been white instead of black? Clearly, they don’t focus on any of the non-blacks who were lynched historically.

The black presentation of lynching had nothing to do with punishment for crime, which would be very odd if true. All other races, including whites, were lynched because they were suspected of being guilty of a serious crime. There were KKK lynchings of blacks designed to send a message, but this is the vast minority of black lynchings. As blacks would prefer to present US history, all blacks lynched were never accused of a crime, and all of them were KKK-style lynchings.

Continual False Hate Crimes

There are far more fake hate crimes against blacks, that is hate crimes that are perpetrated by blacks to get sympathy and make false claims around racism.

This video shows that many blacks are disappointed when anti-black hate crimes turn out to be perpetuated by blacks. Even after the perpetrators turn out to be black, blacks often come up with another reason why the fake hate crime is a problem. One of the critiques is that fake hate crimes are solved too quickly. Blacks also never seem to call for blacks to be punished for faking hate crimes. It is difficult to come to any other conclusion that blacks want more hate crimes. Hate crimes allow blacks to continue race scamming. This is a pathway to gaining more power in white societies. 


Most blacks who discuss lynching either never bothered to investigate the topic or are deliberately providing a false history of lynching because a) they are engaging in race scamming, or b) they don’t much care about any other race that was lynched. Either motivation is extremely ugly and is another reason blacks have developed a reputation for creating fake numbers and fake history to achieve political objectives.

Through being unconcerned with accuracy, blacks have created a tremendous amount of false history, which is not only accepted inside of the US but is accepted outside of the US as accurate.