As you grow older, you’ll see white men cheat black men every day of your life, but let me tell you something and don’t you forget it – whenever a white man does that to a black man, no matter who he is, how rich he is, or how fine a family he comes from, he is trash.
By Harper Lee
Some black people were lynched for throwing stones. Skipping a rock across a lake could lead to death.
There are cases on record that lynch mobs hung some Blacks because they were unpopular in the community.
Some Black people who were homeless and did not hold regular employment or made an income were lynched.
Injuring or Killing Livestock
In many cases Blacks were murdered for injuring or killing livestock. One could only assume that the animals’ lives were seen as more valuable.
Trying to Vote or Voting for the Wrong Party
Although Black men were allowed to vote in most states after 1870, many were killed when they were caught trying to participate. If they did vote and didn’t vote to others’ liking, mobs of white men would kill them.
Acting or Looking Suspicious
Some Blacks were killed by mobs because they were accused of acting or looking suspicious around whites.
In several cases, Blacks were lynched because they demanded to be treated with respect.
Voodoo is a form of spirituality that came to America with Blacks from West Africa. Many Black men, women, and children were murdered when they were caught practicing voodoo.
Many Blacks were hung for being too loud in public or being deemed as disorderly.
Black people that were caught gambling during this time were lynched.
Reference article from Atlanta Black Star.com
And who shall separate the dust
What later we shall be:
Whose keen discerning eye will scan
And solve the mystery?
The high, the low, the rich, the poor,
The black, the white, the red,
And all the chromatique between,
Of whom shall it be said:
Here lies the dust of Africa;
Here are the sons of Rome;
Here lies the one unlabelled,
The world at large his home!
Can one then separate the dust?
Will mankind lie apart,
When life has settled back again
The same as from the start?
A Time article: what would Dr. King say about Baltimore’s current rioting
A riot is the language of the unheard.