The Black Lives Matter movement, one of the most engaging in recent decades, is nonetheless dogged by a persistent if seemingly innocuous rebuttal: All lives matter. And of course they do. But the experience of African-Americans in this country has been and continues to be so markedly different than that of their white counterparts that we need to put a spotlight on that unique history–to provide a context that can make sense of the often senseless.
One such contextualizing feature at the turn of the last century was the practice of lynching. Joining Peter to discuss not only the racialization of lynching, but its redemptive potential as well, is Karlos Hill, associate professor of history at Texas Tech University and author of the new book, Beyond the Rope: The Impact of Lynching on Black Culture and Memory.