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Interactive Map Catalogs a History of Collective Violence Against Black Communities

Ku Klux Klan rally in Tampa, Fla., Jan. 30, 1939. (AP Photo)
Ku Klux Klan rally in Tampa, Fla., Jan. 30, 1939. (AP Photo)

(Slate) – Here’s a map put together by historian Liam Hogan, with help from five co-conspirators. Hogan and his group are trying to track past instances of what they call “collective punishment”—racial violence (“mob violence, riots, and pogroms”) meant to terrorize black communities.

Importantly, the group distinguishes between lynchings—which a report issued earlier this year by the Equal Justice Initiative cataloged—and these other kinds of violence, even though, as Hogan writes, “lynchings were also a form of racial terrorism against the African American community.” (The New York Times mapped the Equal Justice Initiative’s numbers here.)

Hogan and his team argue that we should think about the kinds of violent incidents on this map—acts of destruction of people and property with the clear intent to intimidate and punish—alongside the lynching data.

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