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The Walter White Project

Randy Stakeman, Jackson Stakeman, Authors
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Walter White goes undercover to investigate lynchings


Within a few weeks of joining the national office of the NAACP a report came in about the lynching of Jim McIlherron in Estell Springs, Tennessee.  Walter white volunteered to use his light complexion and blues eyes to investigate that lynching by posing as a white man. He wrote afterwards,

"Like most boastful people who practice direct action when it involves no personal risk, [lynchers] just can't help talk about their deeds to any person who manifests even the slightest interest in them.  Most lynchings take place in small towns and rural regions where the natives know practically nothing of what isgoing on outside their own immediate neighborhoods.

 

In any American village, North or South, East or West, there is no problem which cannot be solved in half an hour by the morons who lounge about the village store"

He wrote an article about this lynching for The Crisis magazine.  He would go on to investigate more lynchings or mob violence and write about them in popular magazines.
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