I guess I wasn’t aware of how deeply down a people could be held.
In her fearless defense of lynching victims and African Americans’ right to due process, Wells often bucked the backward conventional wisdom of the era. When she began her campaign against lynching in the late 19th century there wasn’t consensus among African Americans that lynching was worthy of a national social justice movement, nor was there agreement about the terroristic sexual politics that motivated white lynch mobs.
There wasn’t a consensus to oppose lynching? It’s a good thing Ida B. Wells was there to fight the fight.