The Equal Justice Initiative (EJI), an organization striving to end mass in incarceration, has teamed up with Google for a new digital experience on their website. The project, ‘Lynching In America, ‘ involves a documentary, of the same name, that explores countless real life stories of over 4,000 lynchings of Black men and women that took place in United States between the Civil War and World War II. In addition to the informative and heart-wrenching film, the website also offers an audio component that details first hand accounts from generations affected by those lynchings, as well as a map that shows how these heinous mass killings have impacted on our country.
This glorious and much needed piece of history is just one of the many initiatives put forth by the EJI with the financial backing of the internet browser brand. EJI has had a long-running relationship with Google since it’s conception in 2015 when the internet empire granted the organization $1 million to help fund the “From Enslavement to Mass Incarceration” Museum, as well as its Memorial to Peace and Justice.
Google.org principal, Justin Steele, recently spoke on the importance of the ‘Lynching In America’ project and why the company took such interest:
“Google’s mission statement is universal access to information and knowledge for everyone. What’s important about EJI’s Lynching in America project is that they are giving everyone access to untold stories of our racial history and helping people develop a deeper understanding for how we have gotten to where we are in this country.”
EJI founder, Bryan Stevenson, responded with a complimentary reply praising the renown tech company for it’s explicit acknowledgement of black history:
“Google has been able to take what we know about lynching, and what we have heard from the families, and what we have seen in the spaces and the communities where these acts of terror took place, […] To create a platform for hearing and understanding and seeing this world that we’ve lived through.”
We are so here for this!
Now more than ever it is important that we know our history and educate ourselves on why the social construct of racism operates the way it does so that we are better able to combat those same challenges when we face them in today’s world. Check out the entire Lynching In America project, including a short documentary and six riveting audio stories, at LynchinginAmerica.EJI.org
In the meantime, get into this must see clip from EJI below:
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