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Read W.E.B. Du Bois' Brilliant, Horrifying Account of the Lynching Described in BlacKkKlansman

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Spike Lee's new film BlacKkKlansman is in theaters this weekend. While the film changes some details about Colorado Springs police officer Ron Stallworth's late-1970s investigation into the Ku Klux Klan, its centerpiece-a sequence in which an activist played by Harry Belafonte tells the story of the horrific 1916 lynching of Jesse Washington-sticks pretty closely to the truth. Washington's death became a cause célèbre for anti-lynching activists, helped along in large part by an article by W.E.B. Du Bois published as an eight-page supplement to the July 1916 issue of The Crisis , the...
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