Lynching Memorial Forces a Reckoning for a Nation, and a Newspaper

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With the opening of the National Memorial for Peace and Justice, the country is now forced to acknowledge the unfathomable atrocities that form the foundation of our nation. The New York Times reports that the Montgomery Advertiser was forced to admit to reporting lynchings over many decades in a way that portrayed Black victims as criminals who deserved to be lynched. The Advertiser ran an editorial on the day of the memorial’s opening stating that the newspaper was “careless in how it covered mob violence and the terror foisted upon African-Americans from Reconstruction through the 1950s.”