While the media freaks out about Trump using the word ‘lynching,’ calling him insensitive to the struggle of blacks in America, I’d like to remind you that history matters. Anyone who isn’t sub 90 IQ knows that the deadliest lynching in American history was against Italian Americans, and there is historical consensus about this. Following Trump’s tweet, not one Italian-American said anything about Trump using the word, and frankly they likely don’t care.
The fake outrage in the media continues about yet another Trump tweet as the yellow journalists at Fake News Inc see this as an easy shot at Trump and an attempt to rile up historically illiterate blacks in America against Trump in 2020.
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) October 22, 2019
— Bishop Talbert Swan (@TalbertSwan) October 22, 2019
FLASHBACK: Democrats compared Clinton’s Impeachment to #Lynching
“We're taking a step down the road to becoming a political Lynch Mob… We are going to find a rope find a tree and ask a bunch of questions later..”
Where was the Outrage?pic.twitter.com/U6CbqqhsfC
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) October 22, 2019
Commissioner David Hennessy – a police chief in New Orleans – was ambushed and killed by four men near his home in October 1890. It is thought that with his dying words, he blamed the attack on Italian immigrants.
A large Italian community had moved to the city after the civil war and the abolition of slavery, to take up jobs that had formerly been done by slaves.
Following Hennessy’s death, officials rounded up Italian immigrants – according to some reports, they apprehended thousands.
On March 14, 1891, a mob of thousands stormed a prison in New Orleans, demanding blood. The city’s police chief had been shot to death, and hundreds of Italian-Americans had subsequently been arrested in connection with the murder. Of them, 19 had been indicted. But for the mob of vigilantes, fired up by anti-immigrant sentiment, due process didn’t matter. After six acquittals and three additional mistrials, they stormed the city jail and proceeded to brutally murder 11 men.
For nearly 130 years, the memory of the March 1891 attack has weighed heavily on members of Italian-American community.
In April, the mayor of New Orleans officially apologized for the shameful event. According to Chris Finch of the local Fox 8, Mayor LaToya Cantrell issued an official Proclamation of Apology to the Italian American community that morning: “What happened to those 11 Italians, it was wrong, and the city owes them and their descendants a formal apology” Cantrell said in her address. “At this late date, we cannot give justice. But we can be intentional and deliberate about what we do going forward.”
Why does this apology matter?
John Fratta, from the Order of the Sons of Italy, says the apology is about making people more aware of the episode – particularly because “they don’t teach this in schools”.
The Order of the Sons of Italy was the group that approached Mayor Cantrell’s office about the apology.
“Nobody thinks of an Italian being lynched, when it was common practise back then,” he told BBC News. “So [the apology] is more of an education, especially for younger Italian-Americans.”
But, he says, it’s “also to let these 11 souls rest in peace, knowing that they got the apology they deserved”.