The Cross And The Lynching Tree By James Cone

1922 WordsOct 17, 20178 Pages
Decades have passed since the end of the American Civil War, a war in which hundreds of thousands of individuals died defending what each considered to be just. One of the bloodiest wars in human history, the repercussions of the Civil War did not finish when the South lost the war and African American slaves gained their liberty. Continual tension existed between white and black citizens after the South lost the “right” to possess slaves. The transition was especially hard to handle by white citizens who, for decades, failed to recognize the human dignity of their fellow black citizens. There are many narratives and historical texts that illustrate the racial tension prevalent especially in the South of the United States. One of such…show more content…
Throughout the letter, King manifests his intention of educating citizens towards injustice and the harm segregation rules during the 1960s were doing to society. In a similar way, Cone’s metaphor between the cross of Jesus Christ and the lynching of thousands of African Americans during the decades post war, attempt to educate people on the issue of racial injustice as well as he attempts to make noticeable the existing relationship between lynching and the cross of Jesus. Cone’s main point in his book is the relationship between the lynching of thousands of African Americans and Jesus’ death by the cross. He argues that lynching of black citizens became the American way of crucifixion of black people. In his book, Cone highlights the suffering of thousands of black citizens from hatred from a Christian perspective. Analyzing history with a metaphor little used before, Cone identifies the direct relationship between the suffering of African Americans and the Calvary of Jesus Christ. There exist, in fact, certain commonalities between lynching in America and Roman crucifixion. Crucifixion served the Romans as a warning spectacle to demonstrate dominance, and to warn people that any action taken against the Roman governance, was worth punishment.2 The crucifixion of Jesus and the lynching of black citizens were a
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