The American Spectator says that Shirley Sherrod lied when she said that her relative, Bobby Hall, was lynched. According to the Supreme Court summary of the case, quoted by the Spectator’s Jeremy Lord, here’s what happened:
Hall, a young negro about thirty years of age, was handcuffed and taken by car to the courthouse. As Hall alighted from the car at the courthouse square, the three petitioners began beating him with their fists and with a solid-bar blackjack about eight inches long and weighing two pounds. They claimed Hall had reached for a gun and had used insulting language as he alighted from the car. But after Hall, still handcuffed, had been knocked to the ground, they continued to beat him from fifteen to thirty minutes until he was unconscious. Hall was then dragged feet first through the courthouse yard into the jail and thrown upon the floor, dying.
The cornerstone of Lord’s piece is the simple assertion that this was not a lynching. In Lord’s words, “it never happened”. Also, too: she didn’t mention that Hugo Black, a “New Deal justice” was the swing vote in the 1945 vote overturning the conviction of the three killers, and he was a Democrat and in the KKK.
I’m so disgusted by this that I have no clever tagline.
(via Matt Yglesias)