A Word … With Jason Johnson

Lynching’s Legacy: Emmett Till to George Floyd

Lynching is now a federal crime. It only took a hundred years.


Episode Notes

This week, Congress passed the Emmett Till Anti-Lynching Act to make lynching a federal crime. It’s named for Emmett Till, a Chicago teenager who was brutally killed in Mississippi in 1955. On today’s episode of A Word, Jason Johnson is joined by historian Lopez Matthews Jr. to discuss the harmful myths about lynching, and how its specter haunts Black Americans to this day.

Guest: Lopez Matthews Jr. is an executive council member for the Association for the Study of African American Life and History.

Podcast production by Jasmine Ellis.


About the Show

America doesn’t need another conversation about race. At least, not the kind we’ve been having … the ones that are sparked by a crisis and move quickly from shock to empty promises to forgetting. No. What America needs are REAL conversations about race—ones that shine a light on the facts, the history, and the reality of how race plays out in our politics and society. That’s what Slate offers each week on A Word … with Jason Johnson. A veteran political commentator, Johnson will bring his incisive wit to thoughtful discussions with leaders, journalists, and other change-makers who will tell the truth about America’s challenges around race and offer ideas on the way forward.

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