Southern Anti-Lynching Movement Arises>Charlotte Brown
Charlotte Hawkins Brown, Speech Given at the Women's Interracial
Conference in Memphis Tennessee
October 8, 1920.
Charlotte Hawkins Brown, an African-American woman, speaks at
an interracial conference against lynching.
what do you say about the cold-heartedness that we have felt?
I told you to begin with, that we have become a little bit discouraged.
We have begun to feel that you are not, after all, interested
in us and I am going still further. The Negro women of the South
lay everything that happens to the members of her race at the
door of the Southern white woman. Just why I don't know, but we
all feel that you can control your men. We feel so far as lynching
is concerned that, if the white woman would take hold of the situation
that lynching would be stopped, mob violence stamped out and yet
the guilty would have justice meted out by due course of law and
would be punished accordingly. We do not condone criminality.
We do not want our men to do anything that would make you feel
that they were trying to destroy the chastity of our white women
and, on the other hand, I want to say to you, when you read in
the paper where a colored man has insulted a white woman, just
multiply that by one thousand and you have some idea of the number
of colored women insulted by white men.