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So the South’s White Terror Will Never Be Forgotten

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The carnivals of death where African-American men, women and children were hanged, burned and dismembered as cheering crowds of whites looked on were the cornerstone of white supremacist rule in the Jim Crow-era South. These bloody spectacles terrified black communities into submission and showed whites that there would be no price to pay for murdering black people who asserted the right to vote, competed with whites in business — or so much as brushed against a white person on the sidewalk.
The lynching belt states looked away from this history, even as they developed now-popular tourism programs that attract visitors to churches, schools, courthouses and other landmarks associated with the civil rights movement. The long-neglected chapter of this story becomes breathtakingly visible on Thursday in Montgomery, Ala., where the nonprofit Equal Justice Initiative will inaugurate two institutions focused on racial-terror lynching as the practice manifested itself between the late 19th a…

Bill Would Abolish Montana's Death Penalty

A bill draft that would ban the death penalty in Montana is now on the table. Republican Representative David Moore of Missoula is sponsoring House Bill 370 and says the death penalty costs too much, and perhaps life in prison is a harsh enough penalty.

"Probably the worst thing would be life imprisonment without the chance of parole. To be locked in a cage. If we did away with the death penalty, there would be more money in the judicial system for victim help."

Opponents to previous bills to end the death penalty have argued that it's necessary to ensure someone doesn't escape or are released early. When asked about this fear, Moore says there is no good answer.

"It's a difficult issue, and I just said I'd carry the bill and introduce it and let each side explain their issues and let the committee decide."

This bill will brought to the Judiciary Committee once it receives a hearing date.

Source: Montana Public Radio, February 4, 2015

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