April 4, 1968

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This happened, in the United States of America, just forty years ago.

Take a look at this excellent comic book, a piece of historical fiction, called Incognegro, by Mat Johnson and Warren Pleece. It’s about a lot of things, including our country’s forgotten history of lynching. The story takes place in the 1930s, not the antebellum South. “[Lynching] postcards became popular enough to be an embarrassment to the government, and the postmaster officially banned them in 1908. However, [they] continued to exist through the 1930’s.”

Everyone knows the William Faulkner quote: “The past is never dead. It’s not even past.”

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