“The nineteenth-century lynching mob cuts off ears, toes, and fingers, strips off flesh, and distributes portions of the body as souvenirs among the crowd.” -Ida B. Wells
Ida Wells was born in Holly Springs, Mississippi. She lost her parents and a sibling to the yellow fever epidemic in 1878. In the 1890s she wrote about lynching in the United States. She showed that the white people of the South usually used lynching as a way to control and punish their slaves, instead of as justice for crimes. After that, she led an anti-lynching crusade in Washington but didn’t stop there. She helped start an African American civil rights program, to try and gain voting rights. In addition to all of this, she founded the National Association of Colored Women. She started this association because of all the attacks on African American women in Illinois. Ida B. Wells continued to make positive contributions to many other civil rights causes. Unfortunately, she died of a kidney disease in 1931 in Chicago, Illinois.
I think this quote is trying to show how horrible and grotesque a lynching mob can be. Ida Wells doesn’t sugarcoat anything about the mobs, she says what they really do, and that is better than saying they’re okay. She was letting people know what was really going on.