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The Racist Undertones Behind a Death in a Small Town

Dec 14, 2016 | 563 videos
Video by Independent Lens

This is the second of a three-part series called “The Hanging,” which focuses on the details surrounding the death of Lennon Lacy in Bladenboro, North Carolina. You can watch the first episode here, and the final here. The 17-year-old was found hanging from a swing set in 2014, and while law enforcement and federal investigators ruled it a suicide, his family and the North Carolina NAACP suspect it was murder. This episode uncovers the history of Bladenboro, which has a strong sense of community, but also a record of intolerance—even the town’s local legend about a “beast of Bladenboro” has racial undertones.

“The Hanging” is the result of a reporting project from Independent Lens on PBS, North Carolina’s UNC-TV, Orlando de Guzman, and WUNC reporter Leoneda Inge. This investigation was inspired by Always in Season, an upcoming documentary about the history of lynching in America, which includes an examination of the Lacy case.

Author: Nadine Ajaka

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