Quotes by: Ida B. Wells

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Ida B. Wells
Born Ida Bell Wells
(1862-07-16)July 16, 1862
Holly Springs, Mississippi, U.S.
Died March 25, 1931(1931-03-25) (aged 68)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Education Freedman's School
Rust College
Fisk University
Occupation Civil rights and women's rights activist, teacher, local paper editor
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Ferdinand L. Barnett
Parent(s) James Wells and Elizabeth "Izzy Bell" Warrenton

Brave men do not gather by thousands to torture and murder a single individual, so gagged and bound he cannot make even feeble resistance or defense.
Ida B. Wells
Although lynchings have steadily increased in number and barbarity during the last twenty years, there has been no single effort put forth by the many moral and philanthropic forces of the country to put a stop to this wholesale slaughter.
Ida B. Wells
If this work can contribute in any way toward proving this, and at the same time arouse the conscience of the American people to a demand for justice to every citizen, and punishment by law for the lawless, I shall feel I have done my race a service.
Ida B. Wells
The city of Memphis has demonstrated that neither character nor standing avails the Negro if he dares to protect himself against the white man or become his rival.
Ida B. Wells
The white man's dollar is his god, and to stop this will be to stop outrages in many localities.
Ida B. Wells
Thus lynch law held sway in the far West until civilization spread into the Territories and the orderly processes of law took its place. The emergency no longer existing, lynching gradually disappeared from the West.
Ida B. Wells
The alleged menace of universal suffrage having been avoided by the absolute suppression of the negro vote, the spirit of mob murder should have been satisfied and the butchery of negroes should have ceased.
Ida B. Wells
Somebody must show that the Afro-American race is more sinned against than sinning, and it seems to have fallen upon me to do so.
Ida B. Wells
The mob spirit has grown with the increasing intelligence of the Afro-American.
Ida B. Wells
The nineteenth century lynching mob cuts off ears, toes, and fingers, strips off flesh, and distributes portions of the body as souvenirs among the crowd.
Ida B. Wells
The negro has suffered far more from the commission of this crime against the women of his race by white men than the white race has ever suffered through his crimes.
Ida B. Wells
The South resented giving the Afro-American his freedom, the ballot box and the Civil Rights Law.
Ida B. Wells
I had an instinctive feeling that the people who have little or no school training should have something coming into their homes weekly which dealt with their problems in a simple, helpful way... so I wrote in a plain, common-sense way on the things that concerned our people.
Ida B. Wells
The white man's victory soon became complete by fraud, violence, intimidation and murder.
Ida B. Wells
The only times an Afro-American who was assaulted got away has been when he had a gun and used it in self-defense.
Ida B. Wells
The appeal to the white man's pocket has ever been more effectual than all the appeals ever made to his conscience.
Ida B. Wells
The South is brutalized to a degree not realized by its own inhabitants, and the very foundation of government, law and order, are imperilled.
Ida B. Wells
Our country's national crime is lynching. It is not the creature of an hour, the sudden outburst of uncontrolled fury, or the unspeakable brutality of an insane mob.
Ida B. Wells
There is nothing we can do about the lynching now, as we are out-numbered and without arms.
Ida B. Wells
The people must know before they can act, and there is no educator to compare with the press.
Ida B. Wells
What becomes a crime deserving capital punishment when the tables are turned is a matter of small moment when the negro woman is the accusing party.
Ida B. Wells
In fact, for all kinds of offenses - and, for no offenses - from murders to misdemeanors, men and women are put to death without judge or jury; so that, although the political excuse was no longer necessary, the wholesale murder of human beings went on just the same.
Ida B. Wells
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