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'I Think Everybody Around Here That's White Had a Touch of Racism in Them'

Dec 15, 2016 | 584 videos
Video by Independent Lens

This video is no longer available to view online. This is the third of a three-part series called “The Hanging,” which focuses on the details surrounding the death of black teen Lennon Lacy in Bladenboro, North Carolina. You can watch the first episode here, and the second here. The question of whether Lacy’s death was a suicide or a lynching divides the town—he was found hanging from a swing set in 2014. Lacy’s mother and the NAACP believe the police are withholding information; Bladenboro is a town that has a history of covering up instances of racial violence. “This town has so many secrets,” says resident Roslyn Burden, who is black. “If you open the door, the skeletons would fall out.”  

“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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